At Hobart and William Smith this November, the African American Men’s Association (AAMA) of Geneva will present its annual “College Life Skills” series geared toward sophomores, juniors and seniors from Geneva High School. The AAMA seminar series provides vital information for those who are interested in attending two- or four-year colleges and would also like to learn more about life as a student, the application process and/or financial aid. The offering is part of the Geneva 2020 initiative launched between the Geneva School District and HWS.
Throughout November, the AAMA series will be held on three consecutive Wednesdays, with each of the sessions focusing on its own central theme. This year’s seminars are: “Choosing the Right College for You” on Nov. 6, “Financial Aid and Admissions” on Nov. 13, and “Handling Personal Finances” on Nov. 19. Each program in the series will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Colleges’ Warren Hunting Smith Library. The program on Nov. 19 will take place in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.
Applications for the AAMA “College Life Skills” series are available online at http://aamageneva.org/college-life-skills/. The program is free of charge. Pizza and refreshments are provided.
“This program is important to the Geneva community because it reaches families that would not generally participate in such programs,” says AAMA Secretary Victor Nelson. “The program is not school-based and it lends to an open and relaxed atmosphere. The program continues to be successful because of the continued support of the community and because of the positive outcomes, including the number of program participants currently in college and the number of college graduates who have participated in the program.”
This year, program participants will hear from college admissions and financial aid administrators, high school guidance counselors and financial professionals who will discuss managing a personal budget. Additionally, each of the three sessions will feature a panel of HWS students who will share their perspectives and experiences as college students.
The Nov. 6 session will feature representatives from Finger Lakes Community College, Monroe Community College and SUNY Oswego.
HWS Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Montrose Streeter, who organized the panel discussions and will act as the moderator during each session, says each of the student panels will each focus on a theme that complements the session of that day.
On Nov. 6, the students will focus on transitioning from high school to college. The Nov. 13 panel will discuss time management and being involved on campus. Lastly, on Nov. 19, student panelists will talk about studying abroad and things first-year students often say they wish they knew before enrolling in college.
“Feedback from participant evaluations shows that the high school students really appreciate hearing directly from college students,” Streeter says. “Many of the student panelists will be first-year or sophomore students, so they can share their thoughts on a process they have gone through very recently. It’s an important opportunity for a peer-to-peer exchange.”