Girl Scout program helps ease college anxiety

By Ashley M. Casey

Ninth- and 10th-grade girls were treated to an inside look at college life at a ToGetHer There College Life workshop Oct. 11, hosted by the Girl Scouts at the Fulton campus of Cayuga Community College.

Students from G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton and John C. Birdlebough in Phoenix attended college-style classes, toured the CCC campus, took a career assessment and got to ask current college students about their experiences.

Judi Knowlton, community development manager for Girl Scouts NYPENN Pathways, the organization’s local branch, said the workshop was a good opportunity for the girls

“Their reaction has been positive, and I think they’re going to talk it up (for the next session),” Knowlton said.

“It just seemed really fun,” said GRB ninth grader Autumn Fuller, 14. “It gave us a better outlook on college and what it’s like.”

The students participated in classes led by CCC professors:

“You’re as awkward as you think,” Nathaniel Thomas, instructor of psychology

“Understanding the teenage brain,” also led by Thomas

Science demonstration, Joel Humphrey, associate professor of biology

“Body Image/Social Media,” Maureen Erickson, director of assessment and associate professor

“Some people are unsure about college, and going to a small community college is a good place to start,” said Miwa Burdic, 14, a ninth grader at GRB. She said she liked attending the classes to get a feel for what college would really be like.

Tattiana Pierce, 15, a 10th grader from Fulton, said that she liked learning about the many options college offers.

“I’m more pumped for college now,” she said.

Rachel LeVea, a 14-year-old ninth grader at GRB, said that her favorite part of the workshop was the Q&A with the student panel.

“It seems they have a lot of fun with college, even though it’s a lot of work,” she said.

“It’s not all work and no play,” added Mykenzie Finch, 15, a 10th grader at GRB.

Knowlton said that none of the participating students are currently Girl Scouts, but that a handful of them had participated in their younger years.

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