Impact of Student Advising & College Exposure Visit to HBU
After becoming an Ignite Scholar, Sharpstown student, Alisha has stopped by the college center every day to say hi to all of the advisers and see what programs Discover U has to offer. Despite frequenting the center, Alisha was the only Ignite Scholar that did not have a solid plan for postsecondary education/training. She insisted that she wanted to work at her aunt’s daycare and that was about it. I invited her on our HBU field trip, because she had never visited a college campus before. We toured the campus, we learned about admissions, the students sat in on an hour lecture, they attended a one hour student convocation and a student Q&A panel, AND they were treated to Chick Fil A. After the day was over, I asked Alisha what she thought. She told me that she had learned that she could major in Childhood Development and she said, “I want to go college now. I want go here someday. This campus is for me.” It was rewarding to see some immediate fruits of our labor. From here, now we can find a postsecondary pathway that works for her to achieve that end goal of graduating from HBU with a BA in Childhood Development.