OSWEGO – Middle and high school students from throughout the region experienced a day in the life of a college student during a recent visit to SUNY Oswego.
As participants of the college’s Mentor-Scholars Program, the Exceptional Education students from the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation spent one-on-one time with SUNY Oswego students who have helped them gain confidence and establish both academic and social goals throughout the 2016-2017 school year.
During the campus visit, the program’s seven SUNY Oswego mentors accompanied nine CiTi students to academic classrooms and studios, a rowing crew activity, a hip hop dancing session, dorm room tours and lunch at Cooper Dining Hall.
CiTi school counselor Jo Ann Smegelsky said the field trip aimed to inspire CiTi students to achieve goals and explore potential opportunities beyond high school.
The social and emotional focus of the program with CiTi is unique to the established Mentor-Scholars Program, which typically focuses on academic needs of students in Oswego County.
Throughout the school year, SUNY Oswego mentors have worked with CiTi student mentees on several life skills, such as team-building, communication, critical thinking and interpersonal relationships, among several others.
SUNY Oswego student Chelsie Campbell said an important lesson CiTi students have learned thus far is how to remedy communication barriers.