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First Year Steps for Success

First Year Steps

Your First Year at Keystone College

Navigate your first year, one step at a time.

First Year Activities

In the first year, you will begin to explore possibilities, clarify your interests, and identify initial pathways or plans for success.


  1. Attend the President’s Opening Convocation
  2. Download digital textbooks
  3. Learn to use Moodle
  4. Know your schedule and instructors’ names
  5. Learn to avoid plagiarism: pass the tutorial or enroll in a workshop
  6. Visit the Learning Center to receive writing or research support for your English 1110 or 1125 classes
  7. Actively participate in your First Year Seminar (FYS Class)*

*The First-Year Seminar and experience enables students to develop the skills necessary for academic, personal, and career success, and a portfolio/resume designed to give them a competitive edge in the job market.

Advising Services

  1. Download the academic map for your major
  2. Know your advisor’s name
  3. Schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss expectations and how your interests, goals, and values fit into your major
  4. Schedule another meeting with your advisor to prepare for next semester’s course registration

Career Services and Promise Requirements

Career Services:

  1. Explore how majors align with career paths of interest
  2. Login to Handshake
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Keystone Promise

  1. Complete the FOCUS Career Assessment Program
  2. Complete the Keystone Promise Career Plan and have it reviewed
  3. Attend the Fall or Spring Career, Internship and Grad School Fair
  4. Login to Handshake and update your account

Student Life

  1. Attend campus events
  2. Become an active member of a club and/or organization on campus
  3. Participate in intramural sports
  4. Make friends
  5. Get involved in activities like band, service learning, student government, or athletics
  6. Take college-sponsored trips

Key Events

  1. Orientation Weekend and Carnival
  2. Club Rush
  3. Homecoming and Family Weekend
  4. Semester end celebration (FYS)
  5. Music and Arts Fair and other band and theater performances
  6. Undergraduate Research and Creativity Celebration
  7. All-College Honors Convocation
  8. The Block Party
  9. Job Fair (It’s never too soon!)