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CCLC High School Students Experience A Day in the Life of a College Student

As part of an ongoing writing collaboration and mentorship project between Chester County Learning Center and Lincoln University beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, 15 enthusiastic high school students from the Chester County Learning Center were invited by Dr. Marilyn Button, PH.D., Professor of English and Chair Department of Languages and Literature at Lincoln University to spend the day with Lincoln University students attending college level English classes, exploring college admissions and touring the Lincoln University campus.

CCLC students benefited from the opportunity to get a real “first – hand “look at what learning and living on a college campus is like.

The anticipated day for CCLC students began at Mary Dod  Brown Memorial Chapel where high school students learned about the history of the university and the symbolism of the stained-glass panels in the church completed in 1900. Subsequently CCLC students were taken to an English Senior Seminar class where they took notes and asked questions while they viewed senior research presentations.

Following the seminar, CCLC students participated in an Advanced Poetry Workshop class taught by Lincoln University, English professor Dr. Deas working alongside Lincoln students on a college class poetry assignment.

CCLC students then walked to Thurgood Marshall Living Learning Center where they ate lunch in the cafeteria alongside Lincoln students and experienced first-hand what it is like to navigate getting their lunch amidst hundreds of students in a cultural and social world very different from their high school experience.

After lunch Dr. Button led CCLC students to the Student Union Building (SUB), for an unexpected surprise with a tour of Lincoln’s two new television studios, and a radio studio (WWLU 88.7 FM) where CCLC students were allowed to give a shout out to their school and family on the radio.

What did CCLC high school students love most about the field trip to Lincoln and what did they learn? For the most part the experience and opportunity of spending a day on a college campus and being treated like a real college student.

By Anne Weber – CCLC Reading Specialist

Comments and observations included:

This is a place I would like to go.

Sitting in a real classroom on a college campus.

How kind and supportive Lincoln students were and the feeling of community on campus.

How to write poetry with a specific structure.

Learning about what a senior seminar is like.

Learning the requirements of how to get into college and what student life is like once you get there.

How music was used in the cafeteria for socialization and to learn about different cultures.

The hands-on tour of the radio and tv station in the media center where students shouted out the name of their school and their individual talents.