My students are motivated, high achieving, and resilient. I have the pleasure of working directly with first-generation, low-income students in matriculating to higher education and other post-secondary pathways. Our "classroom" is the College and Career Center and, as their College Adviser, I team with our two Counselors to help them achieve their goals by working together to improve their academics, get involved in extracurriculars on and off-campus, and translate all their activities, barriers, and experiences into their college applications. Students are able to find purpose, support, and viable pathways in the Center. It's through their belief in themselves and the power of education that our center is able to support every student who walks through the door.
Many students on campus struggle with access to the most basic of necessities. It is difficult to focus on academics and extracurriculars when you are worried about your menstrual cycle, haven't been able to clean yourself properly, and/or haven't had any food. As students are young and often concerned about what others will say, they don't always ask for the extra help they may need. When students do work up the courage to ask for help, our campus staff isn't always equipped with the resources to provide students with material support.
We cannot discuss college and career preparation until we've met students' most basic needs!
With the creation of the student pantry in the College & Career Center, we will further de-stigmatize the simple act of asking for help, empower students to use their agency, and create a campus environment where students can focus on what matters most - their education!
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