The fifth annual Student Life Skills Conference is quickly approaching, here’s what you need to know about the event and how to get involved.

The conference will take place on April 5th at the Deerwood center and the theme this year is the “Pursuit of Knowledge.” Dr. Shep Shepard will be giving his keynote, “No Guarantees: What We Miss When We Seek Meaning.” The conference aims to provide students the opportunity to grow in a way that will lead to high achievements through their college careers and beyond.

“The overall theme, that doesn’t change from year to year, is the reconnection of that joy of learning,” said Rawlslyn Francis, English professor at FSCJ. “What I mean by that is that it is a celebration of what college is for us. It’s where you explore who you are.”

The five-day event begins April 2nd with over 20 pre-conference workshop sessions that are spearheaded by many enthusiastic and expert faculty members that aim to build new learning strategies for academic excellence and offer ways to explore and discover areas of interest for students and community members. Each session covers a different pursuit in the lives of many students such as the pursuit of studying abroad, time management, of truth and film history, just to name a few. Sessions have been spread across five different campuses and even has online sessions to fit the busy schedules of students.

“The Pre-Conference sessions add more opportunities to grow, build new learning strategies for academic excellence, and offer ways to explore and discover areas of interest,“ said Amy Baskin, English professor at FSCJ.

There is still time to register for the main conference and pre-conference session, but space is limited, so signup quickly. The April 5th event will begin at 8 a.m., food and beverages will be provided.

“The SLS Conference energizes students in ways I don’t see happen in the normal classroom environment,” said Professor Baskin. “It is learning immersion, and the positive energy bounces from the presenters to the students to small groups at tables and is very exciting,”


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