Study hall for CMS students was anything but Tuesday! College-bound CHS seniors visited each class period for College & Career Awareness Day and spoke to the middle schoolers about college expectations. They even answered a lot of questions about what high school is like. Seniors, middle school students and staff were encouraged to wear college shirts to help get in the spirit.
Seniors offered tips on how to be a well-rounded student (get involved in as many activities as possible, support the arts, do volunteer work, cheer on the school teams, etc.), and how to be considered for a college scholarship.
Other questions that came up were related to how seniors chose their upcoming college classes, schedules and dorm roommates.
Middle school students were also curious about the high school and learned a lot about the Future Ready Pathways (FRP) program. They also asked many questions about the athletic program. Seniors reminded their younger peers that working hard and being attentive and respectful are the keys to success.
CMS Counselor Blain Goverski said the middle school has been hosting a college day for at least 15 years, but this was the first year they invited current high school seniors to speak to the students, crediting Career Education Coordinator Rebecca LaForest with the idea. “I think it’s a great way to help kids get geared toward thinking about college,” Mr. Goverski said.
Ms. LaForest agreed. “Seniors were able to share their experiences and practice public speaking, and the younger kids learned tips on how to be successful from students who are about to graduate high school.”
And it was fun for everyone!
“I think it’s an exciting thing to get dressed in college gear and see where other staff members went to school, and even rib each other about which schools were sports rivals,” Mr. Goverski said.
Even more so, it was also a special moment for CMS teachers to see their former students and learn about their future plans.
Mr. Warden, general music teacher, said, “This is a fantastic event for our students, and it’s great to see our former students all grown up.”