Jefferson City Eighth-graders Experience College Life at WWU
|5/1/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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While it might be unusual for eight-graders to attend college, that’s just what students from Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City did in April. Twenty-three students experienced “A Day in the Life of a College Student” at William Woods University.
“It is a great event that allows young students to gain a better understanding of what college life is like,” said Whitney Guin, the admissions representative who organized the event. “It gives them a chance to see that college is an important piece of their future, but that it can also be fun.”
Guin added, “I think it’s important to remember that before you know it, these students will be high school juniors and seniors on the college search.”
While on campus, the students took campus tours, attended a college planning presentation, ate lunch in Tucker Dining Hall, learned the university’s fight song and participated in a variety of breakout sessions of their choice. Breakout sessions included classes in equestrian science, education, management information systems and athletic training.
At the end of the day, the students were asked to complete a survey about their experiences.
“The most interesting part of the day was learning more about the subject area I am considering for my future,” said Abegail Hart.
“I really liked the tour so I could see what the college had to offer,” Lauren Rector said.
Gabi McGinty said, “All the options that we can major and minor in are really cool and a neat feature for the college.”
Jake Mowack, who attended the break-out session in athletic training, said he found it to be the most interesting. “I had never wrapped an ankle before and I was able to learn how in the athletic training class. I really like the fact that this is a small school and everyone was very friendly.”
“Since I want to be a veterinarian, it would be cool to be more hands-on with the animals,” said Katie Davis. “I loved the equestrian program!”
“I really enjoyed the tour, and the cafeteria food was amazing,” said Quiana Young. Other students also remarked on the food at Tucker Dining Hall. “There were so many options,” Adam Arand said, and Hannah Sears commented, “There was a very good variety.”
WWU admission representatives aspire to excite youth about their post-high school future during “A Day in the Life of a College Student.”
“Having the students from Lewis and Clark Middle School on campus was a joy. These students were well behaved, respectful and curious. We loved hosting them and look forward to doing this again in the future,” said Sarah Munns, dean of admissions.
“It is never too early to begin exploring colleges and we are thrilled to be able to provide these students the experience of being a college student for a day.”
Middle School students from Jefferson City gather around Screech, the William Woods University mascot, during their visit to the WWU campus.
Screech high-fives Carl Dement, a student from Lewis and Clark Middle School.