First-Year & Second-Year Experience

About Us

First-Year & Second-Year Experience is an area in the Division of Student Affairs which creates and facilitates dynamic opportunities for connection and discovery, meaningful belonging and leadership.

During their first year, new students are introduced to a wide variety of experiences, one of which is participation in the FYE 100 course. This class supports and guides students through their first semester in a community of peers, led by a faculty instructor and an upper class Peer Leader.

As students move into their second year, opportunities broaden to include mentoring, involvement advising, and experiences for "sophoMORE" community and leadership.

Unique to second year students is "SYE Spark" which is a transformative experience to build confidence, leadership skills, and growth.

SYE Spark

This six-day experience is held late-summer prior to the start of school for a cohort of students entering their second-year.

Time will be spent adventuring in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (and beyond) to strengthen leadership skills and meaningful belonging with the purpose of growing confidence and connection, just in time to ignite a successful second-year at BW!

The experience is lead collaboratively by staff, faculty, and student leaders and allows for a wide variety of experiences in nature and with a community of peers.

Sunday, July 30 - Friday, August 4, 2023

All lodging, supplies, meals, activities, and transportation is included.

Student contribution: $150

$50 deposit due to confirm space by May 1, $100 remaining due July 1. Scholarships are available.

Apply by March 24:


Claudine Grunenwald Kirschner '93 (she/her)

Director of First-Year & Second-Year Experience

(440) 826-8523

(216) 906-9522 (cell)

Emily Kollin (she/her)

First-Year Experience Graduate Intern

Jodi Novotny (she/her)

Administrative Assistant, Student Life Center and Brain Center for Community Engagement

(440) 826-8128


First-Year & Second-Year Experience

275 Eastland Rd.
Berea OH 44017
United States