Over the weekend, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host “College Life 101, a day-long series of fun and informational activities related to higher education. The event is sponsored by the Girl Scouts – Seven Lakes Council and organized by Patrisha Blue ’77, the executive director of Geneva’s Community Unified Today.
Activities are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 on the Colleges campus. The day of fun and information is free for girls and includes lunch.
Free transportation for girls and their parents will be available from some areas in Geneva. Parents/guardians may attend with their daughters. A Spanish translator will be present throughout the program.
Events will include workshops, career quizzes, meeting college students to learn what college life is like today and what high school girls can do to now to prepare. Girls will hear advice on financial aid and not letting finances stop them from success. One workshop will focus on the benefits of a four-year vs. two-year college and how to begin making decisions.
In addition to the workshops, lunchtime presenters include Anne Schuhle, managing editor of the Finger Lakes Times; Jennifer Slywka, of the City of Geneva; Jeanette Hernandez, an art, humanities and Spanish teacher at St Francis/St. Stephens school; Yevette Collins, executive producer R News; Lorraine Collins, of the NYS Division of Budget; Joyce Keeney, retired Ontario County treasurer; Elaine McCaig, manager of audit, Ontario County Finance Department; Chevanne DeVaney ’95 of HWS Intercultural Affairs; and Kristen Einstein, Finger Lakes Health. Workshop/forum presenters include Joanna Adams, East Hill Medical Center; Lori Greene-Schneider, Geneva High School; Cerri Banks and Lillian Sherman, Hobart William Smith Education Department, Beth Turner of the Admissions office; Megan DeHimer, Geneva High School counselor; Aliceann Wilbur, of William Smith Athletics; Celine Olgin, and many students from the Colleges.
College Life 101 is a three-phase event. Following the March 31 day of workshops, girls will shadow college students in April or May to experience campus life, and write personal statements in the fall that will help with college applications.
The Girl Scouts – Seven Lakes Council, Inc. received a grant from The MetLife Foundation to implement the Girl Scouts’ innovative “College Life 101 program. The grant is specifically designed to help Girl Scouts reach girls in minority and disadvantaged communities and help them and their families benefit from the Girl Scout program.
Girls interested in registering for the program should contact the Girl Scout office at 315.539.5085, or visit the Girl Scouts’ web site at www.girlscoutssevenlakes.org for an application.