About the Momentum Program

momentum students on philly field trip in front of colonial figure statueMomentum introduces students to the liberal arts curriculum of Elizabethtown College and prepares them for their college experience. Through an examination of a wide variety of academic disciplines students learn how to navigate through curriculum requirements, think critically, develop research and writing skills, engage in creative expression, find a balance between academic responsibilities and co-curricular involvement. This is an opportunity for students to consider their gifts, talents, strengths and what they can contribute to campus life. The curriculum has a global emphasis, academic sessions and student development workshops focus on multiculturalism. Momentum creates a forum where people of diverse backgrounds establish friendships lasting beyond the collegiate experience.

The program is called Momentum because the purpose is to help students build momentum toward their experience with fall orientation and college life. The program establishes a momentum students will maintain throughout their time at Elizabethtown College. Momentum is designed to prepare students for college, assisting them in an effort to get the most from their education, and become an integral part of the community. The Momentum program is a stimulus for students to become energized about Elizabethtown College and help them maintain this energy, motion, activity throughout their college experience.

The week prior to fall orientation, students live on campus, attend the academic and personal development workshops, and field trips. Faculty employ an interdisciplinary approach to the academic sessions. The students are mentored by a group of upperclassmen known as Kinesis. The energy which establishes a momentum is kinesis and thus the upperclassmen leaders get the momentum started. During the student’s entire first year they have close contact with Kinesis, meeting on a regular basis to provide added support in the transition from high school to college. Additionally students in the program meet with the Momentum Advisor/Mentor throughout the fall and spring semesters. The Momentum Advisor/Mentor works with students resolving problems, finding solutions, and offering general support.