Flash Connections are enhanced sections of the required First Year Experience course (UC 10097) created especially for first-year students. Participate in an exclusive out-of-class experience where you will have the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and explore your interests.

2019 Experiences | VIEW STUDENT TESTIMONIALS


Immersion Excursion

Trip Destination: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula, Ohio
Dates: August 11 - 15, 2019
Registration Deadline: July 5, 2019
Cost: $200

Trip Description: Explore the outdoors in one of our neighboring National Parks. Kayak, stand up paddleboard, hike, outdoor rock climb (no previous experience necessary), and participate in a service project in the park. Meet classmates from your First Year Experience course (UC 10097) and make friendships before college begins.

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The Great Outdoors

Destination Atlanta

Trip Destination: Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: August 13 - 17, 2019
Registration Deadline: July 5, 2019
Cost: $125

Trip Description: Explore your interest in media, broadcasting, and other communication industries as well as Atlanta's rich history and culture. Move in to your residence hall early (if you live on campus) and then head to Atlanta, where you will get an inside look at CNN headquarters and other Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. brands, like HLN, Cartoon Network, and CNN en Español. Meet classmates from your First Year Experience course (UC 10097), talk to Kent State alumni who work in the field, and make friendships before college begins.

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Celebrating African American Experiences

Trip Destination: Detroit and Big Rapids, Michigan
Dates: September 27-28, 2019
Registration Deadline: July 5, 2019
Cost: TBD

Trip Description: Take a trip to explore African American history and culture in Detroit and Big Rapids, Michigan. Visit places like the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Historical Museum and more.  Make friendships with other students enrolled in your First Year Experience (UC 10097) and Black Images (PAS 20300) courses.

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  • Students must be at least 18 years old by the trip departure date in order to participate.
  • Earn the University-required Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) credit.
  • Financial assistance is available. Click here to request financial assistance.