At the end of July, Migrant Education teamed up with college admissions professionals at ThinkTank Learning to help students gain knowledge and resources for a successful path to college. Our What’s the Point of College series continues with lead instructor Matthew O’ Connor’s journey.
As we built strong relationships with each other, we dove into an extensive college preparatory curriculum. Our class crammed about two weeks worth of material into a 25 hour workshop. We covered a vast array of subjects: the Common Application, the UC application, Course Selection, A-G Requirements, Extracurricular Activities, Resume Building, Choosing the Right College, Financial Aid, Career Paths, Major Choices and Standardized Testing were all topics that we focused on during our time together. This information was without a doubt important, but it was the manner in which we learned together that made the lessons actually work.
One of my favorite moments of the week was when each student chose a college major that interested them. We each (including myself) selected a potential college major, and then presented to the rest of the class the reasons why we believe the major is a useful area of study in today’s society. Not only was it beneficial for each student to explain why their major of interest is important to the world, but it was also helpful to hear a variety of college majors discussed. These presentations opened the students’ eyes (and my own) to the enormous number of college majors that exist in colleges and universities across the United States. For some of our students, they found a new major of interest through this simple activity. Pretty cool stuff!
There are so many stories I could tell centered around the learning that took place during this workshop. Of course, it wasn’t all about the material that we learned. In fact, I believe the learning that took wasn’t what made this workshop special. Rather, it was the familial bond that we forged with each other in just five days.