Dear First Year

A podcast for first year students

Your first year of college can be filled with ups, downs, triumphs, and difficulties. The First Year Program is here to talk you through them all. We're here to discuss choosing a major, mental health, friendships & involvement, and other ideas you send our way (

Episode 1: NSE Wrap-Up

NSE can leave you with a wealth of emotions - from excitement to nervousness. But change is good - find out how to embrace that uncomfortable!

Episode 2: Welcome to UNK!

It's just about time to pack up your stuff and move to UNK! Find out what you need to know about Move-In, Blue & Gold Welcome, and navigating your first weekend as a college student!

Episode 3: The FYP Office

We keep this episode brief, but you get to meet the First Year Program office and learn what we are all about!

Episode 3.1: Brette

Brette Ensz is the Assistant Director of the First Year Program. She's also a maker of tortilla masks. Learn about Brette, her job, and why she spends time picking up rocks. 

Episode 3.2: McKenzie

McKenzie Cuba is the graduate assistant in our office. Meet Kenzie, learn about her artistic talents, and see if you can count her number of knee surgeries.

Episode 3.3: Haley

Haley Pierce is the First Year Program student coordinator. She's a big fan of the Blue & Gold, but she still can't pick her favorite color.

Episode 4: First Generation Lopers

We're joined by Dr. David Vail to discuss the experiences of first generation college students and the support available at UNK.

Episode 5: Academic Success

It's the start of the semester, and we're talking academic success! Get involved with our Academic Comeback program, Early Alerts aren't scary, and you should definitely read your syllabus.

Episode 6: Caring for your Mental Health

Kiphany Hof joins Kenzie to discuss mental health for college students. She also gives us a great coping strategy we can use anywhere when feeling anxious!

Episode 7: NSE 2020 Pregame Show

As your attention turns from high school to college, find out all you need to know about your first day as a Loper - we call it NSE!

UNK First Year · Episode 7: NSE 2020 Pregame Show