On Friday, Feb. 12, the Colleges will host the third annual College 101 program for local Girl Scouts. The program is an educational and fun day-long event during which scouts in grades 8 – 12 gain an understanding of what it’s like to be a college student. Organizers hope the experience will encourage them to pursue higher education.
The Girl Scouts will be welcomed to campus by Darline Polanco ’09, who is the programming coordinator for the Office of Intercultural Affairs. Polanco will discuss the importance of higher education and share her experiences as a former William Smith student.
The scouts will attend specialized classes taught by HWS faculty meant to teach skills that will encourage success in college. These classes will include topics such as leadership, body image and social media, career exploration, personal wellness, and study skills.
Following lunch in the Scandling Campus Center and a tour of campus, the event will culminate with a panel discussion titled, “College Life Today,” during which the Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to ask questions of current students about their experiences in college.