Earlham College launches Epic Journey program

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RICHMOND, Ind. — The 2022-23 school year promises to be epic. At least it will be at Earlham College.

Earlham’s first day of classes was on August 24, and with it came the launch of the college’s Epic Journey, a comprehensive student success program that combines Earlham’s classroom excellence with experiences career exploration. According to a statement from Earlham, the four-year program will “exceptionally” prepare students for life after university.

“The Epic Journey provides both an intentional framework and a supportive community to help our students discover where their personal interests and career goals intersect,” Earlham President Anne Houtman said in the statement. “This is a student-centered, student-centered approach to learning and as such, each student’s epic journey is unique.”

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Three key features of this program are Epic Advantage, Epic Guides and My Epic Journey, all of which build on Earlham’s traditional strengths in experiential learning, off-campus study and community support, the statement said.

Earlham is one of the few colleges in the United States that guarantees every student funding for internships, research projects, and other career-related experiences. Epic Advantage is Earlham’s offer of up to $5,000 for each student to participate in these opportunities.

Epic Guides are essentially mentors within the program. Many of them are campus administrators. The addition of these guides, the statement said, is the college’s more holistic, inclusive approach to counseling.

My Epic Journey is a platform that allows students and advisors to track out-of-class engagement to ensure student participation as well as interventions for at-risk students.

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This year’s freshmen will be the first students to experience the full Epic Journey. Freshman Yasmeen Porter, who is from Cincinnati and plans to study business or media and communications, applied to Earlham as soon as she learned of Epic Journey’s travel opportunities.

“I’ve thought about going to college all my life and have been really interested in getting a real liberal arts experience,” Porter said in the statement. “I felt like the little liberal arts schools were always in the movies and TV shows that I love. I wanted to be part of something like that.

Porter is just one of many diverse students who will benefit Earlham’s epic journey. The incoming class of 2026 hails from 29 states and 23 countries, according to the statement. Of these students, 16% are international, 39% are student-athletes, 23% are the first in their family to attend college, and 8% are legacy students.

“There are so many different communities of students here,” Porter said in the statement. “There really is a place for everyone.”

Zach Piatt reports on sports and education for The Palladium-Item. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @zachpiatt13.

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