In light of the UMPI campus being closed to the public due to COVID-19 this past summer, we were unable to host our usual live training called the College Success Program. In the past, this was a 2-day event where we introduced first-year scholars to the college environment and helped them build self-confidence and goal-oriented enthusiasm as they entered academic life. Second-year scholars develop skills that advance professional opportunities, such as leadership, resume building, and interviewing.
Instead of a live session this year, our first and second-year scholars met using video conferencing and will be provided with a handbook with notes from past local event speakers. They discussed their fears about college but also what they were most excited about. Our second-year scholars gave the new scholars their best advice and what they learned during their first year of academic life. One seasoned scholar's advice was to not be shy with professors and to be in regular contact with them. Another said she strongly recommended making a schedule of times for classes, homework, self-care and social time. They had a wonderful time getting to know each other and sharing their stories!
2019 Gauvin Scholars Elizabeth Collins and Kassie Nelson enjoy some delicious food at the 2019 Night with the Stars gala VIP reception.
2019 Gauvin Scholar, Kylie Vining, sprouting wings as she attends the 2019 Night with the Stars gala VIP reception.