Aug. 22-25, 2023
Start strong, Jacks. Start the semester inspired, motivated, informed and confident by connecting with other students.
Last day to express interest is Aug. 4.
What is the Aspire Summer Bridge Program?
We are all about an intercultural, informal, small-group experience. Our purpose is to build a bridge between high school and SFA.
During this four-day program prior to the start of the fall term, current Lumberjacks help build your bridge by sharing all they know about how to set yourself up to earn good grades and make the most of your experience at SFA.
Throughout your first year at SFA, we will continue to support your success with the Aspire Mentor Program and academic services.
What are the benefits of participating in this program?
- Move in early, get settled and avoid the crowds.
- Connect with other Lumberjacks — both new Jacks and veteran Jacks.
- Obtain the skills to avoid the setbacks of poor grades and repeating courses.
- Get involved with organization, groups and campus communities that may interest you.
- Become familiar with all the campus resources you might need.
- Take advantage of the opportunity to grow as a person!
What are Jack Packs? Who are Jack Pack Leaders?
You'll be randomly assigned to a small group of Aspire participants called Jack Packs. Each Jack Pack is led by two Aspire mentors called Jack Pack Leaders. One Jack Pack Leader focuses on academic support and the other focuses on campus engagement. Together, they share with you their tips for success.
How will I experience mentorship?
You'll be a part of the Aspire Mentor Program, which regularly provides opportunities to come together with your Jack Pack friends and continue to get your questions answered. This means you'll have your very own support group!
Where can I view the program schedule?
When you register online, we'll send you a full schedule of the program. Below are some of the activities you can expect to see:
Move and Meet Day
We will help move those boxes into your new room.
Find your Jack Pack and start making friends.
How to Not 'Tick Off' Your Prof
Learn how to impress your professor.
See places on campus that provide a safe, happy space.
Embrace and develop your leadership skills.
Master of My Time
Learn how to get things done.
Debriefing the Day
Regular small group time to ask all of your questions.
Sing and laugh and cheer on others.
Jack Packs compete for a prize.
Taking Care of Business
Time to run campus errands.
I Was Once You
Be inspired by the testimonies of persistence.
Meet and Greet with Campus Leaders
Get to know our faculty and staff.
Aspire participants move in to their residence halls early for the fall term and our Jack Pack Leaders are here to help with the heavy lifting
Our mentor program provides regular opportunities to come together with your Jack Pack and enjoy the benefits of having a tight-knit support group
Jack Pack Leaders are your mentors for academic success and campus engagement
Our small-group approach to creating Jack Packs provides countless opportunities to establish friendships
You'll participate in game challenges with your Jack Pack to win a prize
Karaoke night allows us to come together and sing, laugh and cheer on others
Aspire is a collaborative project between the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Academic Assistance and Resource Center.
About OMA: Much more than a physical location on campus, OMA offers resources and events that provide lifelong friendships, challenging and supporting your development as a young professional.
About the AARC: A tutoring center, the AARC is Lumberjacks helping Lumberjacks earn their best grades. Tutors are trained to know the best way to study and are invested in your personal success. The AARC had 25,000 visits last year and we can't wait to see you there!
Ready to get started?
If you have any questions about the program, contact us!