Habitudes First Year Experience

A first-year experience and freshman leadership program that helps your student succeed through college and well beyond graduation.

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About Our First-Year College Leadership Program

The first year on a college campus can set the tone for a student’s entire college experience. That’s why leadership might be one of the most essential topics to cover for your freshman students. Habitudes First Year Experience books, courses, and lessons offer a way for you to use a discussion-based model that helps students:

  • Break out of the herd mentality to influence others in positive ways.
  • Develop critical thinking skills that produce better life choices, such as choosing healthy friends, improving study habits, and setting meaningful goals.
  • Capitalize on personal strengths to be career-ready upon graduation.
  • Master the transitions from school to college and college to career.

How Habitudes First Year Experience Works

A student who knows how to lead themselves will be better prepared to implement great study habits, take on leadership roles on campus, and make better life decisions. That’s why, unlike most freshman first year experience, Habitudes utilizes images to teach leadership habits and attitudes designed to help your first-year students in facing their greatest challenge: themselves. For your First Year Experience program, we suggest utilizing Habitudes: The Art of Navigating Transitions or Habitudes: The Art of Leading Yourself. Both of these first year experience lesson plans will challenge your students to begin their college career with an essential foundation that we call self-leadership.




HabitudesOnline provides you with on-line access to the tools to facilitate a discussion. All lessons, guides, videos and presentations are available from any device.

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Tim Elmore has served on my staff since 1983 and has worked with students even longer. He is able to help you wrap your arms around the subject of leadership. No one teaches leadership better than Tim Elmore. I recommend him as a teacher and a mentor.

Dr. John C. Maxwell

Leadership Expert and New York Times Best-Selling Author

As a university dean, I believe anyone who cares about the future of this generation should digest the materials from Tim Elmore and Growing Leaders. He understands what students need and how to deliver it in a relevant fashion.

Mary Gerardy

Dean, Wake Forest University

Thank you so much for your investment at VA Tech. We appreciate your tremendous work with our student-athletes, coaches, staff and faculty. Simply put, you helped us grow and become better as a department. I am grateful. I look forward to staying in touch!

Whit Babcock

Director of Athletics, Virginia Tech

I encourage schools and school districts to partner with Dr. Tim Elmore and Growing Leaders to help both educators and students to enhance their leadership skills. They have inspired our teacher-leaders, applying the ‘Habitudes’ to our every day classroom situations.

Dr. Diane Ray

Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Habitudes is the most excellent program for first year students and beyond. It is a program that encourages and teaches deeper thinking and dialog.

Sharon Taylor

Saint Martin’s University



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