Metacognition and the Transition to College

Metacognition and the Transition to College (GNST B048) is an alternative pathway to fulfill your Wellness requirement.  Unlike the THRIVE Seminar (the traditional way to fulfill your Wellness Requirement) that meets only for the first 10 weeks of the semester, this class will meet twice a week for the full semester.  In addition to earning 2 Physical Education (PE) credits, students in this class will also earn 0.5 academic credits while using metacognition (a fancy term for learning about your own learning) to bring out their best selves in and out of the classroom.  The seminar will be a small, inquiry-based course that will promote and encourage intellectual confidence by developing student success tactics including critical thinking, written and oral communication, research skills, self-reflection, and self-regulation – all while addressing larger questions of justice, identity, and community.  First-year students will have an opportunity to preregister for this course starting when preregistration opens on August 3rd.  Simply search for the course under the General Studies subject in the drop down list.

An Intro to THRIVE, from Wellness Coordinator, Tonja Nixon ’15

Hello Class of 2020!

Welcome to Bryn Mawr! We’re all so excited for your arrival, especially now that we’re in the second half of summer! My name is Tonja Nixon, and I serve as the Wellness Coordinator here on campus. My primary role is to oversee the THRIVE Seminar, from helping finalize the course content to being a resource for you as you complete your Wellness Requirement. My other hats include being an Assistant Coach for the Track & Fields teams and being an alum (Anassa Kata!) from the class of 2015. You can find me in Guild Hall (where the Dean’s Office is located) at my desk, or in Schwartz gym during Track Practice. On behalf of the Dean’s Office, we’re so excited for you all to get settled in! Part of that settling in, as you all know, is final registration for all of your courses once you arrive. One of those courses must satisfy your Wellness Requirement, which, as Wellness Coordinator, I’m here to tell you all about!

Your Wellness requirement is very important! Not only does the successful completion of your Wellness Requirement give you two of your PE credits for your PE requirement, but it is also a Graduation requirement. That being said, when the time comes, you must make sure you register for a course that satisfies the requirement! One of the courses that many of you will take is called THRIVE. THRIVE is a 10-week-long course solely for first-year students created to help with the transition to the Bryn Mawr community, adjust to college life, and help you navigate your way through all aspects of health, self-care and a good well-being. Essentially, this is a course built for you and your needs, and we’re super excited to partake in this experience with you!

Another way some students will fulfill their Wellness Requirement is through a course known as ‘Meta-cognition and the Transition to College’. More information about this course will be shared soon, so be on the lookout!

Congratulations on your enrollment into Bryn Mawr, and I can’t wait to meet all of you in person!

Tonja Nixon

Wellness Coordinator

Assistant Coach, Track & Field