College is a transitional period, one of learning and discovery. Incoming College students face overwhelming questions: Who do I want to be, and how am I motivated and inspired in life? What do I want to study and what should be my major? What do I want to do with the rest of my life (a question you shouldn’t feel the need to answer now!)? This course is one of self-exploration. We will examine the power of habits and how they drive our decision-making. We also will spend some time identifying our personal values and how those values factor into our decision-making. Through readings, journaling and writing exercises, classroom discussion, meditation practices, and other tools of discovery, students will examine the following questions:
How can I make the most of my college experience?
Who am I, what are my values, and how do they impact me?
How do I want to live my life, and what is my own definition of success?
What are my habits, and how are those habits driving (and sometimes, limiting) my decisions?
Rather than "discovering my passion," which is a limiting question, how do craft a fulfilling life that I know will change over time?
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 UVA first-year students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences, all of whom are also assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see here.