Flash Connections | Exploratory Advising Center | Kent State University

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

Learn about EACH experience below

The Great Outdoors


Immersion Excursion

Travel to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, Wednesday, August 15 – Sunday, August 19, 2018

  • Explore the outdoors.
  • Meet classmates and make friends before college begins!
  • Kayak, stand up paddle board, hike and outdoor rock climb (no previous experience necessary).
  • Participate in service projects with park rangers.
  • Cost: $200*



Community Impact and Social Change

Travel throughout Columbus, Ohio, Friday, September 14  Sunday, September 16, 2018

  • Connect with classmates, learn from professionals who are making a difference, and volunteer with non-profit organizations.
  • Understand how your skills and passions can be used to make a difference in the community.
  • Volunteer and help others.
  • Cost: $100*


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African American Experience



celebrating African American Experiences

Travel to Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan and Detroit, Michigan, Friday, September 28  Saturday, September 29, 2018

  • Explore African American history and culture.
  • Visit places like the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, the Motown Museum and more.
  • Participate in a related service project.
  • Make connections with your classmates, faculty, and upper-class students outside of the class.
  • Cost: $100*


Earn the University-required Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) credit.
* Cost includes all food, lodging, transportation and equipment. Financial assistance is available. Click here to request financial assistance.