“It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” – Saint John Paul II
Freshman Seminar is a required course specifically designed for all incoming John Paul the Great freshmen. The goal of the seminar is to help each new student experience a positive and supportive transition to the John Paul community and to the academic rigors of high school. The seminar course introduces the student to the John Paul community, its unique charism, and the house system, while also cultivating community, encouraging proficient study and promoting confident leadership in every freshman student.
Seminar topics related to the area of academics include instruction on basic Google applications such as docs, sheets, and slides, and issues related to time management, organization, and study skills. In addition, the very important topic of digital citizenship is covered and includes instruction on intellectual property rights, plagiarism, and copyright and trademark laws.
John Paul the Great is mindful of the distinctive developmental milestones freshmen students contend with both socially, and emotionally, as they mature throughout the freshman year. With this in mind, Freshman Seminar instructs students in the areas of interpersonal communication, collaboration and leadership, and public speaking, while at the same time, providing the insight, instruction, encouragement, and guidance that will enable them to thrive.
We hope to guide the newest members of the John Paul community on the path to greatness right away, reminding them that their greatness can begin now with each decision to do their best, for the love of God, and for the benefit of the common good.