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Senior-Year Experience (SYE)

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In alignment with national best practice from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, Residential Life uses the acronym SYE in short for the Senior-Year Experience.

We identified four larger stressors that each student at Macalester moves through during their Senior-Year Experience. These are in order of how they most often show up during the year, starting with one at the beginning of the first semester, the middle to end of the first semester, the beginning of the second semester, and middle to end of the second semester. Residential Life aims to support students during these important moments of their Senior-Year.

  • Transition
    • Each student will reflect on their post-college transition at Macalester and consider how their community and housing situation impacts those transitions.
  • Career Navigation
    • Each student will accomplish goals in pursuing a first role and/or career opportunity after college. They will reflect on their future goals in a career and how a first role and/or career opportunity will help them get there.
  • Creating a Home
    • Each student will reflect on their residential experience at Macalester and what is important for them in a home during their post college transition. Considerations include who they live with, what environment they need, and where they live.
  • Legacy
    • Each student will consider the impact they’ve had at Macalester and achieve any final experiences that may be on their bucket list.

Many offices work to support the work of the Senior-Year Experience. If campus partners are interested in collaborating with Residential Life on partnerships in the residence halls, contact Kyle Flowers (, Associate Director of Residential Life – First-Year & Sophomore-Year Experience.