Thrive Program Overview

The Thrive Program in the Academic Advancement Center (AAC) is designed to support AAC students throughout graduation. Thrive aims to support students’ academic and non-academic goals, as they all relate to student success. Students engage in a variety of engagement opportunities that allow students to settle into their environments, focus on their personal and professional goals, and prepare for graduation and life post-graduation. Students in the Thrive program will engage in opportunities to explore growth in the following focus areas: post-graduation pathways, personal development, and financial literacy. 

Thrive Program Coordinators

Diana Delacruz-Aparicio:
Stephanie Cuevas:

Thrive expectations

Retention Specialist Meetings

Meet with your assigned Retention Specialist 2-3 times minimum per semester.

Engagement Opportunities

Engage with TWO engagement opportunities each semester which can include a mix of pre-recorded or and/or in-person sessions. Refer to our pre-recorded library and live sessions below. The Thrive Networking Cohort Experience will count as meeting Thrive requirements.

In-person engagement requires an RSVP 

Engagement Attendance Form

Submit one evaluation for every engagement opportunity that you engage with in order to help us track your engagement completion. This form should be completed for in-person AND pre-recording engagement. The attendance form can be accessed below.


Deadlines to submit attendance forms are:

Fall 2022: Nov. 18th   

Spring 2023: April 14th

In-Person Engagement Opportunities

Thrive students are welcome to select from the following in-person engagement opportunities in order to meet their Thrive requirements. Please make sure to RSVP for any in-person Thrive engagement opportunity at least a week before the event.

Networking Cohort Experience | Year Long Experience | Gibbons 101

AAC students will have the opportunity to engage in an academic year-long cohort experience focused on networking and mentorship. Selected students will come together 3-4 times/semester to work on various aspects of their personal and professional development via peer-to-peer engagement opportunities, mentorship connections, and actively working on building their career portfolio. Application is due Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 11:59pm. 

Students must be available for ALL meetings:

Fall 2022 – 3pm – 5pm

•September 28th, 2022

•October 26th, 2022

•November 30th, 2022

Spring 2023 – 3pm – 5pm

•February 1st, 2023

•February 22nd, 2023

•March 29th, 2023

•April 26th, 2023



Participants take part in a hands-on, interactive discussion about alcohol serving sizes, as well as the alcohol content of different beverages. They learn how alcohol affects the body and how much time sobering up takes. BAC (Blood Alcohol Level) is explained, along with how to calculate it and why it is important to know. Participants will also explore how more is not necessarily better and when drinking is the riskiest and what can be done to reduce risk. 

SALARY NEGOTIATION | MONDAY OCT. 3RD 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Career Center Classroom LSC 120

Ever wondered what people mean when they say you should negotiate your salary? Join us to learn about negotiating your salary and other benefits as you prepare for a new job and career opportunities. We will go over tips to consider when negotiating salary and benefits for a new role, how and when to have such conversations, and things to consider when going through an application and acceptance process of a new job.  

FAFSA Drop-In Support (Dates & location on flyer are tentative)

Need help learning how to complete your FAFSA? This is a drop-in engagement opportunity where staff from the Academic Advancement Center, Scholar Success Programs, and the Office of Financial Aid will be available for support. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Please use this link to get an overview of what you’ll need in preparation for this day. 

PAYING BACK STUDENT LOANS | Monday Oct. 17th | 12pm - 1pm| LSC 322

Learn more about how to manage your debt and work towards financial stability with Canvas Credit Union. Have you wondered how you will set up your student loan payments? Does having debt feel overwhelming? You’re not alone! Join us to learn practical financial skills to set you on track on managing your student loans. Lunch provided

* Recent date, time, & location changes have been made as of 9/19

ROAD TO GRADUATE SCHOOL: A UNIFIED ENDEAVOuR | WEDnesday. OCT. 12TH | 10:00am - 4:00pm | LSC Ballroom D

Has the thought of attending graduate school ever crossed your mind? Have you wondered to yourself if graduate school is a right fit for you or what the application process might look like? We’re here to help walk you through all things graduate school related! Attend our Road to Graduate School: A Unified Endeavour conference to learn more about graduate school.

This ONE-DAY drop-in conference is hosted in collaboration by the Academic Advancement Center, Scholar Success Programs, and Student Diversity Programs and Services. You will have the opportunity to hear from diverse panelists on their journey and experiences navigating the graduate school process, from making the decision to attend, to the application process, and what it’s like being in a graduate program. Hear from guest speakers, engage in activities, and network with people from various fields and backgrounds.  The conference will focus on the following themes: 

  • Explore: This area will focus on informing students on introductory graduate school topics.
  • Prepare: This area will focus on preparing students to make decisions and further develop understanding.
  • Apply: This area will focus on providing hands-on opportunities where students can further develop their application materials.
  • Succeed: This area will focus on helping students feel prepared to embark on their graduate program journey.

Visit our conference page to register by Oct. 5th before midnight. 

8 Dimensions of Wellness: Wednesday, Nov. 2nd | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | LSC 312

Learn more about the 8 dimensions of wellness and how each area functions as part of a well-balanced life. Join us to gain insights on how to be more intentional about improving the 8 dimensions of wellness in your life. We will cover: Emotional Wellness, Occupational Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Environmental Wellness, Financial Wellness, Physical Wellness, Social Wellness, and Spiritual Wellness.  

Gap Years | Tuesday Nov. 8th | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | LSC 310

Are you hoping to take a gap year(s) during your undergrad journey or after graduation but aren’t sure if you should or what that time would involve? This engagement opportunity will provide the following: defining a gap year, exploring why you may want to take one, and discussing how to incorporate your gap year(s) experience into your overall personal and professional journey. The engagement opportunity will end with a brief reflection activity that will help viewers establish next steps in organizing their gap year.

Flor de Toloache concert – Sunday, Nov. 13th | 7:30pm - 9:00pm | Fort Collins Lincoln Center

The Latin Grammy®-winning, all-female group, Flor de Toloache mixes tradition and innovation, breaking boundaries with their edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Latin American music. Their diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds transcend culture and gender by forging new paths. We’ll travel to the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins to spend an evening listening to this inspiring and talented group.  

Tickets & transportation will be provided by the AAC. RSVP required and will serve as first-come first-served.

Pre-Recorded/Audio Engagement Opportunities Library

Thrive students are welcome to select from these pre-recorded Thrive engagement opportunities in order to meet their Thrive requirements.