GPS is a structure RAP employs to broaden the RAP experience beyond the classroom. It is designed to bring the college experience to the next level. Specifically, GPS is designed to get students excited about a variety of opportunities that will enhance the college experience and enable students to develop the skills, tools and knowledge to take charge of their college education and be an active and engaged member of the global community upon graduation. To achieve the GPS related goals, RAP partners with numerous offices and programs across campus to create ways to help students get informed about and connected to the wealth of resources and opportunities available throughout their time at UMass Amherst. Depending upon the semester, GPS may offer student panels, conference style sessions and/or small group sessions on designated topics.
See below for descriptions of past semester GPS Events.
Students in a Spring 2020 RAP course are required to attend the GPS Spring Event. At this year’s GPS Event students will attend two sessions. One session will be on Undergraduate Research AND the other session will be on Wellbeing (both in the same evening). Below you will find info about the event.
During the Research session you will learn about how to get involved with research at UMass. UMass is a research-intensive University, but not everyone knows the benefits of research, or how to get started. This session will help you understand the scope of research opportunities at UMass and how and why you might want to get involved in research. Students will choose a STEM or non-STEM focus.
During the Wellbeing session you will have the opportunity to assess your wellbeing practices, reflect on your strengths and areas for growth, and consider which resources, habits, and tools can best reinforce your own goals. You will also have a chance to learn about resources on campus that can support your wellbeing.
GPS Sessions will be offered on March 4, 11, 23 and 31. All sessions will run from 7:00-8:45PM and be located in either Goodell Building or DuBois Library.
Students must complete the GPS Survey in order to rank preferences for dates and session topics.
Students will be notified by email which session date they have been assigned.
Be sure to bring your UCard to your session so we can track your attendance.
Click here to see a short video about the GPS Event Spring 2020
RAP has partnered with the Center for Health Promotion to provide special one-hour wellbeing sessions for RAP students.
Students will have the opportunity to choose from four session topics. To see descriptions of the topics as well as a variety of support resources, click the links below.
Stress ManagementBuilding ConnectionsPersonal & Community WellbeingDisrupting Negative Thoughts
Each RAP student will attend one GPS Wellbeing session sometime during the months of October, November and December.
Click here to watch the video to learn more about this event.
GPS Student Panels, sponsored by RAP, provide a chance for first-year students to hear stories from their upper-level peers about their personal experiences with various programs and opportunities. We hope this will help students realize that there are many wonderful options to choose from – and many are easier to participate in than they might have imagined.
Check out the GPS Panel Program from Fall 2018 to see the wealth of opportunities that were presented.
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