In college, you will make new friends, experience new things, and have a ton of fun. You will also work very very hard. Students arrive at Heidelberg with different backgrounds, skill sets, and experience. We created the AIM Hei program to smooth the transition process, no matter what your academic pace or needs.
Our students say the best part of Heidelberg is getting to know and working with professors. Mentoring is crucial in helping you learn about your career field, academic rigor, and yourself. At Heidelberg, you’ll have a faculty mentor the moment you arrive on campus, and over your four years you’ll probably add one or two more. Our faculty love working with students. That’s why they work here. Quality academic mentoring is essential to help you make the most of your college experience. The AIM Hei program helps you start your college experience off stronger and more efficiently. When you start off on the right foot academically, it's easier to enjoy the fun stuff too.
What is AIM Hei?
AIM Hei is a two semester program for all first-time students to help transition from high school to college – academically and socially. You'll be paired with a faculty member, your AIM Hei mentor, who will work with you to offer advice, brainstorm a great idea, help you find the right resources, and generally be your go-to person fall and spring semester. You will take a one credit hour class (HEI 101) with 15 other students where you'll discuss topics like time management, eating healthy, using academic resources, and study tips. In the spring semester, you’ll take HEI 102 with the same students and faculty member. This course meets four times in the spring and will make sure that you’re still on the right track at Heidelberg.
Sample AIM Hei Courses
Blood, Brains, and Bodies
- Dr. Nate Beres, chemistry, had students explore aspects of a zombie-filled world including anatomy of zombies, action plans, pscyhology of survivors, and wilderness survival.
Let it Go
- Dr. Ellen Nagy had students analyze their favorite Disney movie focusing on race and gender stereotypes.