KOKOMO, Ind. – Kenzie Lawhorn got a head start on her final year of high school by becoming a student for two days.
Lawhorn, along with a dozen other high school and high school students, experienced student life at Indiana University at Kokomo as part of the Gaining Early Awareness of Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Indiana GEAR UP summer program. ).
While on campus, they participated in nursing and crime lab simulations, learned about plants and trees in the greenhouse, toured the Observatory, tried salsa dancing, and acquired money and time management skills, as part of a statewide program to prepare students for college.
This will help Lawhorn make her final choice as to where she will go after graduating from Maconaquah High School.
“I wanted to see college life, what it’s like to be on a campus, and also have an experience during my summer before I became a senior,” she said. “This is my first time coming here and I was surprised that the campus was so big. “
Christina Romeo-Ivanova, Assistant Professor of Education, led the two-day program with Tara Kingsley, Associate Professor of Education. She said the GEAR UP program is part of IU Kokomo’s mission to increase the number of North Central Indiana residents who have graduated from college.
“It’s not just about introducing students to university life, but also to the careers they can consider,” she said. “They see the options available with the four-year degrees, two-year degrees and technical schools, and the jobs they can lead to in the future. Our goal is to get them to think about the future when choosing what to do after high school. “
Arionna Coleman, a high school student from Kokomo High School, already knows she wants to go to IU Kokomo, but was happy to confirm her decision with a visit.
“Being here and meeting people is different from just walking past,” she said.
Owen Cotterell, also a senior at Kokomo, is still deciding on his university, but was happy to talk to the professors and see what majors are available, which will help him make his choice.
“I was interested to see what classes they have, so I know what I can do,” he said.
In addition to participating in college-style courses, students explored financial literacy, financial aid, mindset for growth and development of character strengths, employability skills, and career options. , as well as mental and physical well-being.
Romero-Ivanova added that they shared information about the Kokomo Experience and You (KEY) program, the campus’s distinctive experiential learning program that provides low-cost travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. ; dynamic internships and research with the faculty.
“We want them to know what their options are,” she said. “We want them to go to college or a technical program after high school, and most of all we hope they consider coming to our campus. As we bridge the gap between high school and college, they can see the opportunities available to them. “
Education is KEY at Indiana Kokomo University.