IDENTITY & SELF-AWARENESS
Freshman year at AOC is an opportunity to work on our self-awareness and begin developing a sense of our adult identity. Through AOC and COC courses and programs students will build an understanding of their personality, learning style, specific intelligences, and personal strengths. Students will aim to identify their skills and interests with the goal of establishing their adult contribution to our community. In all AOC courses, students will work to develop an academic foundation and personal maturity necessary for the college environment.
Check out our step by step guide on how to use the AOC Helping Hand Website & Resource.
COLLABORATE & ENGAGE
As a freshman, you will learn to engage with relevant issues pertaining American society. You will develop a foundation that prepares you for the high school and college environments.
The SAL fair was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life! My whole perspective changed on many different marginalized groups through amazing and interactive presentations by both myself and my peers. I also felt like this assignment helped me learn of different methods I can use to help in every way!
-Shaun Thomas, Class of '23
THE FOUR YEAR PLAN
at the Academy
Welcome to the Academy! Arriving on AOC's campus is without question an adjustment - expect to experience some hiccups along the way! While the college process should be the farthest thing from your mind, now is the time to develop and pursue your intellectual interests, build strong study habits and participate in extracurricular and athletic activities that enrich your life.
Collaborate & Engage With Complex Issues
"This is a quote from one of the teachers, where they talk about the freshman year experience in academics."
E.Q IN ACTION
Self-awareness is our ability to accurately perceive our emotions in the moment and understand our tendencies across situations. Self-awareness includes staying on top of your typical reactions to specific events, challenges, and people.
E.Q. In Action
E.Q. in action is...
the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.
Seven Dimension of Wellness: Define
The 7 Dimensions of Wellness are the areas of wellbeing for all. In order to be productive, healthy, and happy all people need to identify the ways they can meet the seven areas of our personal wellness. We are all different, so defining what each area of wellness is to us is the first step to being a productive and fulfilled student.
Discover Your Pathway
Self-assessment is the critical first step in learning about what you are passionate about, and what your personal strengths are. This process begins by exploring different possibilities and outcomes.
Helping Hand has outlined this process by detailing potential paths and alumnus journeys in those paths, which allows you to gauge whether or not you could envision yourself pursuing that path.
Discover Your Path
EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES
Now is the time to begin to identify your interests, and what makes you curious. Browse our different pathways and concentrations, and identify one that interests you the most.
Explore Roadmaps from our AOC Alumni
FIND OUT WHAT IT TAKES
Now that you've identified a path of interest, read about an alumni's journey in that path. Take note of their extracurriculars and classes, as well as their advice for maximizing your AOC experience.
FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR PATH
The World Economic Forum monitors the issues and forces driving transformational change across economies, industries, and global issues.
AOC's Counseling Department
High School and College Readiness Presentations
What to Expect from the AOC Experience
What is College presentation
Ed Plan 1: High school and UC/CSU A-G requirements
Ed Plan 2: College general education and major prep reqs