It is never too early for exposure to college

(02-22-2008)

In a college nursing class setting, over 20 Ortega Middle School students prepare oranges for a shot of saline. Adams State College Admissions Office hosted OMS College Days February 20 and 21.

Stephanie Sisneros, an 8th grader at OMS, said she wants to be a teacher. "I thought the program was really fun," she said. "My favorite part was giving the shots to the oranges."

The OMS students were treated to a tour of campus, attended classes in English, science, and nursing, had the opportunity to ask questions about college, received door prizes, and ate lunch in the Adams State La Mesa Dining Hall.

Kathy Johnson, a 2000 Adams State graduate and 8th grade language arts teacher at OMS, said the students did really well. "So many do not think college is an option," she said. "OMS College Days allows the possibility of attending college."

Melissa Moeller and Gina Shiba, admissions counselors, organized the event. "It is the right time for the students to familiarize themselves with college and get excited about attending," Shiba said. Moeller agreed, "It is never too early to expose students to college. These students were a great group."

Devin Romero and Anisa Montoya, also 8th graders at OMS, said they had a good time. "I thought it was a good experience," Romero said.

Donna McDonald, Adams State class of 1989 and OMS 8th grade science teacher, said the event was a good introduction for students whose families have not been to college.

According to Johnson, four local banks donated money to help fund the cafeteria lunches for the OMS students. She said the Adams State admissions' staff used humor and language to relate to the students. "They were great," she said.

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By Linda Relyea