Ninth-graders from Geneva High School will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Monday, March 25, to take part in a program that provides an informative look at college life, as part of the Geneva 2020 initiative. Seminars will be held on admissions, financial aid and study abroad, and firsthand accounts and tours will enable the ninth-graders to see college through the eyes of college students. This is the third group of students from the Geneva City School District to participate in a campus visit event; two groups participated last year.
“This is the second year that Geneva freshmen have been fortunate enough to visit the Hobart and William Smith campus. It provides our students the opportunity to visit a prestigious college and gives them a sense of what is possible through hard work,” says Michael Gorton, counselor at Geneva High School. “The discussion with admissions reinforces the emphasis that the Geneva City School District places on rigor and high standards. The HWS staff does a tremendous job of planning a fun, educational day for our students that they truly benefit from.”
Following a welcome by Colleges President Mark D. Gearan, students will participate in a seminar on campus life, detailing some of the community service and student activities as well as providing tips for keeping academics and extracurricular activities in balance. This will be led by Aminata Dansoko ’15, Raphael Durand ’13, Lauren Foe ’14, and Stefan Thompson ’13, all of whom are involved in civic engagement projects within the Geneva community.
Associate Dean for Global Education Tom D’Agostino P’15 and Director of the Center for Global Education Doug Reilly will introduce students to study abroad programs. Tatianna Echevarria ’13, who studied and interned in Vietnam, will share her personal experience. Then, HWS students will lead participants on a tour a little closer to home – taking them to a number of key locations on campus.
Students will learn how to apply coursework to leadership and internships during a presentation by Brandi Ferrara, director of The Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development and Morgan Hopkins ’10, coordinator at the Centennial Center for Leadership. They will be joined by Tiffany Mitchell ’14, who completed an internship in Washington, D.C., and was active with HWS Votes.
Director of Financial Aid Beth Nepa and Associate Director of Admissions Bill Warder ’96 will provide valuable insight into the financial aid and admissions processes. During lunch, Director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs Alejandra Molina and Writing Colleague Coordinator Alex Janney ’08 will discuss the Geneva Community Reads book, “Just Like Us,” which was distributed to all ninth graders.
As capstone to the program, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Montrose Streeter will present, “College is Possible.”
During the spring and summer of 2011, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Geneva City School District held a series of meetings with community leaders from both the nonprofit and for profit sectors in an effort to align the greater Geneva community around the strategic priorities of the school system. Calling its efforts Geneva 2020, the group seeks to harness the resources of the Colleges and the Geneva community to provide assistance in four key areas identified by the Geneva City School District as being critical to the future of Geneva’s children: graduation rate, career and college preparedness, literacy, and communications.