Summer Start is an excellent opportunity for you to begin connecting with campus resources, faculty and staff members, and other students. Below you will find a list of co-curricular programs taking place throughout the summer to assist you in building these connections. Due to the impacts from COVID-19, NC State is shifting Summer Start co-curricular programs to a virtual format. For more information about the University’s COVID-19 response, please visit ncsu.edu/coronavirus.
Click here to view the Summer Start Events Calendar on Google Calendar. Once the calendar is open, click the + in the lower right corner to add information to your own calendar.
Registration for each event is required. To register, complete the form linked in the description of every calendar invite. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and all events are limited to 300 participants. Please register for each event 12 hours in advance.
If you need to make any changes to your registration, simply fill out the form again. Questions? Contact New Student Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.515.1234.
Events and programs will be hosted virtually (as noted in descriptions below). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the links to access the program via Zoom, if applicable.
When Zoom is being utilized, you will need to login to zoom with your NC State unity ID and password to access and participate in the program.
Although attendees have the opportunity to use their video and audio functions to participate in Zoom conversations, those capabilities are not required. For more information about using Zoom, please visit our Zoom Help Page.
These events will start the first week of class.
BY APPOINTMENT | SCHEDULE HERE
Have a question about anything you’re experiencing as a Summer Start Participant? Schedule a time for a quick virtual chat with Summer Start staff where we can support you directly.
Drop in office hour appointments are also available. Please refer to the calendar below for more information.
ONLINE TUTORING OPTIONS FOR SUMMER | SCHEDULE HERE
The University Tutorial Center will be providing a variety of subject-based tutoring and writing consultations options in various math, chemistry, physics, biology, statistics, and economics courses. Please see tutorial.ncsu.edu for further details on how to schedule an appointment. Or please email email@example.com or call (919) 515-3163 with questions.
LIVE FITNESS CLASSES | SCHEDULE HERE
Join one of Wellness and Recreation’s Live Virtual fitness classes. Classes are offered in a variety of formats such as: yoga, hiit, strength, pilates, and dance. Sign up on the Wellness and Recreation App to check out the schedule and get moving.
HOW TO THRIVE
How to Thrive: Chemistry | Watch Here
Set yourself up for success in Chemistry courses by watching Dr. Jeremiah Feducia, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry, explaining everything you need to know on how to thrive in chemistry courses!
How to Thrive: Calculus | Watch Here
Are you taking a math class this summer and want to be successful? Tune in any time to see how Dr. Molly Fenn, Assistant Department Head of Mathematics, explains the best tips and tricks for how you can make the most of your time in calculus.
HOW TO THRIVE: ONLINE CLASSES | WATCH HERE
Taking college classes in an online environment can be intimidating. Hear from Summer Start Mentors about how they transitioned to an online semester and thrived in the process. You’ll learn tips and tricks from a variety of students so you can set yourself up for success in Summer Start!
How to Thrive: Physics | Watch Here
Physics doesn’t have to be stressful and Dr. Zo Webster, Professor of Physics, can explain how to make this your reality in How to Thrive: Physics. Tune in as they explain the tips and tricks you will need to thrive in physics courses now and in the future!
How to Thrive: Biology | Watch Here
Are you taking Biology now or in the future? Dr. Miriam Ferzli, Professor of Biology, has the tips and tricks you will need to be successful!
How to Thrive: Time Management & Organization | Watch Here
Managing time and getting organized in college is an adjustment, and it can be difficult to find an approach that works for you. Come learn about various ways to manage your time and responsibilities to help you be more successful in college.
Crossing Cultures in College | Watch Here
Whether from small-town North Carolina or big-city China, many new NC State students may find our campus to be one of the most diverse places they’ve ever lived. This brief Introduction to Crossing Cultures in College lesson will focus on self-awareness and managing expectations–two major prerequisites for successful intercultural interactions.
Click here to access a PDF version of the 2020 Summer Start Events and Programs calendar.
New Student Programs recognizes that students or family members may have questions or concerns about participating in an online transition program having to do with issues such as internet connectivity or device availability. Our staff is committed to helping students and family members address these concerns and participate in our programs.
Please review the frequently asked questions below to see if they can help you troubleshoot any technology concerns.
Frequently Asked Technology Questions
- What if I don’t have a microphone built into my computer? Can I still participate in Zoom meetings?
- If you have a computer and can access Zoom visually via your computer, you can hear the meeting’s audio feed by phone. Zoom invitations will include instructions for participating by calling into meetings via traditional phone or smartphone. This two-pronged approach will allow you to see the visuals presented during the sessions while hearing the audio of the meeting simultaneously.
- What if I don’t have a webcam? Can I still participate in Zoom meetings?
- Many of the live components of orientation will give you the opportunity to use video, but those capabilities are not required for participation. You will still be able to participate through the speaker and chat functions.
- Alternatively, if you have a smartphone and are able to download the Zoom mobile app from your app store, you may participate visually that way.
- When I login to an event it says I have entered a waiting room. What does this mean?
- If you login early for any of our virtual events you may need be sent to a waiting room in order to give the host of that event time to get started.
- Once the host of the event starts the program, your screen will change to reflect the event meeting space.
- I see the event listed on the calendar, but I don’t see how to access the program?
- On the calendar listing of the event, select “more details.” A new browser will open to your google calendar with a popup of the event you clicked on. In the description of that event, you will see a link to sign up for the program via google form.
- Once you complete the google form, you will immediately receive an automated confirmation email with the necessary Zoom link.
- Zoom will not allow me to access the program even though I have the correct link.
- You must login with your NC State unity ID and password to access the zoom meeting event.
- Ensure that your zoom app does not automatically log you in under a different account.
- You may need to open a private browser window and try logging into zoom with your NC State unity ID and password.
- Visit this Zoom Assistance Website for more information
If you believe you may have technological challenges that may affect your participation and that were not addressed via the frequently asked questions above, please contact New Student Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have
In compliance with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in the Summer Start Programs and Events, please contact Julianne Britt at email@example.com or 919.515.1234 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Requests for real-time captioning should be made at least 5 business days prior to the event.