About the Course

About the Course

What should I expect from this course?

Trailblazer Connections takes place the week before classes begin. During this course, you will get advice from our faculty and staff as well as be invited to participate in sharing, reflecting, and questioning sessions alongside your fellow peers. The course is the perfect time to interact with your advisors, prepare yourself for the semester ahead, and make new friends.

Note: Connections carries the same GPA weight as any other two credit course.

Course Schedule

Activity Date Time
Lecture and Discussion August 15 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lecture and Discussion August 16 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lecture and Discussion, Freshmen Friday events August 17 9 a.m.-end of Freshmen Friday events

How can I prepare for the course?

  • Plan to be there.
    Because the course is so short, attendance is crucial to your grade. Plan to attend the course all day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the follow-up meetings with your advisor throughout the semester.
  • Get a parking pass.
    There is no special parking for Trailblazer Connections students, so be sure to purchase a parking permit prior to Connections if you plan to park on campus.

    Note: You will be ticketed if you park in campus parking without a pass.
  • Plan your lunches. Lunch will be provided to you one of the days during the course (TBA), but please be prepared to bring/purchase lunch for yourself the other two days. Students with meal plans can use them in the dining halls, and other campus dining locations will be open for students wanting to purchase lunch.

What do I need to bring?

  • Trailblazer Orientation book (given out at Orientation)
  • Becoming a Learner textbook (Purchase at the Dixie State University bookstore or find it online)
  • A notebook and pen/pencil

What if I can’t take the pre semester course?

If you are unable to attend the pre-semester course, you can sign up for a full-semester session of Trailblazer Connections. Students in this session meet twice per week and get the same opportunities to meet new students, connect with your advisors, and get answers to all your university-related questions.

What will I learn in this course?

Trailblazer Connections will help you build lasting memories at Dixie State University for years to come. After the Connections course, you will be able to answer the following questions:
Why am I here?
What is an educated person?
How does an educated person contribute to his or her community?
What role does general education play in educating a person?
What role does the major play in educating a person?

How do I best engage myself in the process of becoming an educated person?
What does an intentional student look like?
What competencies do I need to develop in order to succeed?
What resources are available to help me succeed?

How do I become a fully engaged member of the university community?
What opportunities are there for me to have fun and to become more invested in the university community?
What is a learning community and how do I go about building one?