It is never too early for exposure to college


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OMS students await door prizes in Carson Auditorium on February 24.

When asked, as a group, their favorite part of the day, Ortega Middle School students shouted, "lunch." Now in its fourth year, Adams State College Admissions Office OMS College Days were February 23 and 24. Bill Golsan, Adams State alumnus and OMS English teacher, said although the students answered, "lunch," he believed they enjoyed many of the activities throughout the day.

A highlight for Tel Kelley, OMS 8th grader was listening to Zoila Gomez, Adams State alumna '04, address the students. Gomez represents the United States as a marathon runner, in many world games. She finished fourth place at the 2008 Women's Marathon Olympic Trials in Boston, and was the marathon alternate for the 2008 USA Olympic Team. She spoke to the students about her dream to earn a college education. "My dream of earning a degree kept me awake and aware of all opportunities. That awareness and willingness to pursue my dream opened one door after another."

Other departments inspired the students as well, including the nursing faculty who treated the students to a simulated birth by a computer programmed mannequin. Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management Eric Carpio said: "The students were engaged and interested." The OMS students also toured the campus; attended sessions on preparing for college; received door prizes, and ate lunch in the Adams State La Mesa Dining Hall.

"The students paid attention in all the sessions," Golsan said. "The kids tend to see the 'here and now' instead of the benefits of investing in a four-year post secondary education." He believes OMS Days broadens their perspective and allows them a glimpse of the benefits of attending college.

"It was helpful to experience a college student's average day," Kelley said.

Kathy Alejo, Adams State alumna '93 and '97 and OMS reading and social studies teacher, helped organize the event. She said the students did really well. "We all appreciate Adams State College hosting this event. It is a valuable experience for our students"

Kylie Henderson, admissions counselor, said: "It is rewarding for us to have these middle school students on campus because they have an energy that is contagious. We hope they walk away knowing more about Adams State and have a desire to come to college."

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