Program Description

The Thrive program is designed to support students during their second and third years to support their academic and non-academic goals. They engage in a variety of activities that allow students to settle in to their environments, focus on their goals, and prepare for graduation. Students will engage in both the completion of the AAC portfolio while also having the opportunity to engage in various Community Learning Forums (CLFs) that focus in the following areas:

  • Academic Success
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • Career Development
  • Financial Literacy
  • Wellbeing

Program Goals

The Thrive program will:  

  • Learn and understand how to navigate the college experience between their involvement in the Arrive and Thrive Grad programs.   
  • Increase awareness in academic skill, personal development, financial literacy, leadership and involvement opportunities, and career development as they progress toward Thrive Grad.   
  • Develop and assess academic and personal goals with their Retention Specialist.   
  • Continue building connections and community with students, staff and faculty.   

Student Engagement/Requirements

Meeting with Retention Specialists  
  • Classic Thrive-Grad students will be required to meet with their retention specialist for a minimum of TWO meetings throughout the semester. The first meeting should occur within the first 4 weeks of the semester.    
Thrive  Community Learning Forums 

Classic Thrive-Grad students will choose TWO Community Learning Forums (CLFs) offered by the AAC to engage with every semester. All AAC CLF information for each semester can be found in the AAC Thrive website, information will include date, zoom link, presenter, description, and any. Documents intended to be utilized during the senior session. Students are welcomed to attend more than two CLFs each semester. Students are encouraged to engage with CLF opportunities that meet their needs.    

Archived Video Library

Understanding & Building Your Financial Credit

This CLF will introduce you to the world of financial credit. You will be provided with information to successfully begin or build on your financial credit. Learning outcomes include an overview of financial credit, the types of credit there are, how it works, how to check your score/report, how to manage it, its benefits, and impacts. Conversations of identity as it relates to financial credit will be held. Finally, This CLF requires students to complete/upload a Financial Planning worksheet required for the AAC Portfolio

Managing Student Loans

Does the debt from your college days seem overwhelming? Still wondering how you’re going to make that first student loan payment? Hey! You’re not alone. George Hill Direct of Financial Education at Canvas Credit Union will help with a few tips on managing your student loans after college.

Car Maintenance

Students will learn how to check fluid levels in their vehicle, how to diagnose and possibly fix simple issues with their vehicle, and learn basic maintenance for their vehicle.

The Voice of Self Advocacy

We all have different needs. Expressing those needs is essential in our movement forward. Nobody knows you better than YOU. In this CLF, you will have opportunity to identify needs (academic/personal/and professional) and practice the power of your voice!

Academic Policies, Procedures, and Deadlines

This CLF brings awareness to academic topics such as Major/Minor/Concentration, All University Core Curriculum, Repeat/Delete, Drop/Withdrawal, Satisfactory Academic Process, and Academic Appeals. You will learn to navigate through your RamWeb to access and utilize these relevant academic resources as needed. Finally, you will complete and/or receive a handout that will be helpful for you to refer to for future reference.

Peace Corps 

Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Not only do you gain valuable life skills through the experience, but returned Peace Corps volunteers receive a multitude of benefits that can impact your career trajectory, including fellowships for graduate school, advantages when applying to federal government positions, entry into international development, and much more. Join us at this information session to learn about volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, the application process, and benefits of becoming a volunteer.


This CLF features a panel of current first-generation/underrepresented graduate-level students who will be sharing their unique journeys and helpful tips as it relates to their identities. You are encouraged to ask panelists questions related to their journey to and through graduate school. Guiding questions related to authenticity and navigational capital will also be asked. Finally, this CLF highlights/promotes the upcoming Graduate School Conference.


Resume 101

This CLF begins with a reflection on how your identities impact your career goals/choices. Next, it will help you better understand the purpose of a resume while providing you with the agency to start or build on your own resume. You will be encouraged to make an appointment with the Career Center to get personal resume support. A draft of your resume will be required by the end of the semester for the AAC Portfolio.




Graduate School 101 (Sophomore)

Is graduate school for you? This CLF provides introductory information about graduate school for students who want to further understand this career path. You will reflect on your identities and goals in order to make your authentic decision on whether or not graduate school is for you. Topics covered in this CLF include degree breakdown, understanding how/if your career goals fit into graduate school, recommended next steps, and resources to remain informed. For the final part of this CLF we will head to the Graduate School Department to hear from them about their resources, opportunities, and how to remain connected.

Taking a Gap Year

Are you hoping to take a gap year before attending graduate school but aren’t sure if you should or what that time would involve? This video provide the following: defining a gap year, exploring why you may want to take one, and discussing a few service oriented programs to participate in during this time. The video will end with a brief reflection activity that will help viewers establish next steps in organizing their gap year.