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Nurturing Educational Success & Transitions (NEST)

NEST 2015

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The primary mission of the Nurturing Educational Success & Transitions (NEST) Program is to ease the transition of first-year students that identify as first generation, transfer and/or students of color to Otterbein University so that they may succeed personally,socially, and academically. Additionally, the program helps each new student connect with other peers, a mentor, and ultimately, the institution as a whole. 

  • Meet your peers in a small and more comfortable social setting
  • Connect with upper-class students who can assist in your success and studies
  • Interact with faculty, staff and administrators to find information on classes and college life at Otterbein University
  • Become familiar with your surroundings before the official New Student Weekend begins
  • Develop and discuss effective study skills
  • Learn about the many resources available to help ensure  your success

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   NEST Participants sitting and talking

Education Sessions

  • Financial Literacy: How to Handle Money After College
  • Strengths and You: What Do They Mean?  How Do I Use Them?
  • Successful Planning: Scheduling, Advisors and Backup Plans
  • Walk the Talk: A Real Talk Discussion with Current Students
  • You're Not in High School Anymore: Classroom Simulation
  • Leadership and Development
  • Stress relievers
  • College CommunicationNEST participants
  • Taboo Talk
  • Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt
  • Fast Five
    • Financial Aid
    • Center for Career and Professional Development
    • Health & Wellness
    • Athletics & Recreation
    • Mentoring
    • Residence Life
    • Center for Student Involvement
    • Academic Support Center

Social Activities

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Laser Tag
Improv Group
Late Night Donut Run
Paint the Rock
Tour of Westerville
Field Day & Cookout

Register Today

Register online now, or for more information, please contact the Office of Social Justice and Activism at 614.823.1250, or by email at jprysock@otterbein.edu.

/ Office of Social Justice & Activism

The Office of Social Justice & Activism is located in Student Affairs in Hanby Hall.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


James E. Prysock
p / 614.823.1312

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