335 College Students and High School Seniors Converse at Old-New Reunion 2016

One of the greatest benefits for students of being in Bright Prospect is getting support and advice from the older students in the program – the ones who are just ahead of them in their path to and through college.  The annual Old-New Reunion is one of the best examples of this ethic of giving back, and of helping younger students from our community succeed in their goals.  On December 20, 131 college students came to the Village Conference Center to share their experiences and advice with 204 Bright Prospect high school seniors who had just completed the college application process. At the Old-New Reunion, the high school seniors are put in small discussion circles with students who are attending the type of institutions they are most likely to attend, such as community colleges, Cal States, UCs, and private and out of state schools.  They get a chance to meet students who attend the colleges they just applied to and ask questions about their college experiences. Topics for discussion included academics, financial aid, housing, studying abroad, working, social life, and adjusting to college life. One point many college students emphasized was to ask for help and to take advantage of professors’ office hours. At the end of the event, the high school seniors came away with reinforced confidence that older Bright Prospect students will be a resource for them at their college, and new insights to help them make the choice of which college to attend. We’re looking forward to hearing about those decisions at our College Decision Day events in May – stay tuned! 

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