North High School (Worcester) GEAR UP students who were accepted to or interested in Worcester State University visited the campus for an informative and fun day in March. The GEAR UP students were paired up with current WSU students who are GEAR UP alumni to attend a college class and tour the campus. The WSU students spoke with the group about their transition into college, their majors, and how they are finding success as college students.
Ryan Forsythe, WSU vice president for enrollment management, spoke with the group about the benefits of a college degree. The day included time for group energizers, time to play pool and ping pong in the commuter's lounge, and to eat lunch together in the cafeteria.
Kathy Taylor, 13th year director, organized the event with support from MassEdCO GEAR UP staff. She had this to say about the event, "People like giving back. The event was adapted to include a mentor/mentee dynamic because I know that resonates with people, and that's exactly what translated into a great day."