By Jordan Brown
This summer I attended a summer residential program at University of Southern California. It was very beneficial in getting ready for high school and college. During this program with the National Association of Peer College Advisors (NAPCA), we took over 40 classes about college readiness and high school. We also got the “college experience”, by staying in the dorms. We learned the value of education while making lots of strong friendships at the same time. This program is a great one to attend. College readiness is stressed at NAPCA, because everyone there (incoming eighth graders to incoming seniors) is planning to go to college. Throughout the time, we had to get into groups by our intended major. In those groups, we created a power point to present at the end of the program for our peers and family. We also got a chance to visit the school for the major of our choice. I went to the school of business, and the school of journalism and communications. The experience was unforgettable. It helped me to better understand the environment of the college and the programs it has to offer. We had classes on many different things from writing a college application statement to time management. The classes also worked in the area of teamwork. We had to work with people we didn’t know and get comfortable enough to present different ideas. In our classes we learned about the A through G requirements. Not just to meet the requirements but to take all the recommended classes too.
College students pick their university by the experience they’d like to have. In a class, we received an opportunity to learn about sorority and fraternities. We took a visit to the houses; the girls got to walk through the houses and see how the sorority sisters lived. The boys visited fraternities. We took other field trips to restaurants and skating. We got to know our suite and roommates very well, considering we didn’t know them at all. The dorms are set up as suites with six people in each one. We all collaborated on what we learned in the classes and made bonding friendships. Overall, my summer experience was educational and memorable. I hope to use the tools I received in high school and in college. It was great preparation for my education in general. If you’d like your child to attend the National Association of Peer College Advisor’s program next summer, go to their website at www.napcaonline.org to learn more.