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Excerpt from The Oregonian article originally printed on September 27, 2010.


Photo credit: Stephanie Yao Long, Oregonian
 
Portland State University incoming freshmen in a class taught by Liane O'Banion called Roads to Success write letters to themselves recently on what goals they expect in six months, when O'Banion will mail their letters to them. The students, including Chris Nigro (center), took the intense class over the last two weeks for tips on how to succeed in college. The class is one of many strategies Portland State has launched to improve its freshman retention rate.


Excerpt from The Oregonian article originally printed on September 27, 2010
 
One recent morning in one of the classes taught by Liane O'Banion, students discussed motivation and goals. They wrote letters to themselves describing what they expected to be achieving in six months, when O'Banion will mail the letters to them.
 
Students said the class would help them face their first college classes this week with more confidence and friends.
 
"I feel a lot more comfortable," said Leila Amirhekmat, 18, of Dana Point, Calif., who will be exploring business as a possible major.

"This class gives you all the tools on how to be successful and how to do your best in college."  Elise Realivasquez, 18, of Tujunga, Calif., said O'Banion's class has helped her make friends and adjust to her new home.

"Roads totally made my college experience. If I didn't do it, I think I would have moved home by now." - Olivia, 2013