FutureVision Campus Crawl

26 Apr

From Rachel Herrick, YWCA FutureVision High School Coordinator:

Recently, 9 YWCA FutureVision high school students attended the 2010 Campus Crawl. In preparation, students completed a resume and cover letter. They also used YWCA computers to research colleges and universities in order to complete a worksheet to be eligible to attend the 3-day, 2-night field trip to Raleigh-Durham. 

We arrived at Duke University the night after they won the NCAA championship and got a chance to see the Duke Gardens, the famous chapel, and a little bit of what college life is like for national champs. After dinner at a grill on Duke’s Campus, we checked in to our hotel and headed out to see Alice in Wonderland in 3-D at the IMAX theatre. Students were well worn out and ready for their next big day. 

Day 2 was full of lots and LOTS of walking.  The weather was bright, sunny, and HOT! We walked around NC State University for a guided tour in the 92 degree weather.  FutureVision students were able to check out a dorm room and the wide variety of foods served in the cafeteria.  At NC State University FutureVision students sat down for an information session where they heard about admission requirements, a little about the different colleges at State and had an opportunity to ask questions. Students had questions about what to do in such a big environment and how to get to know people and make friends so the speaker was able to discuss all the many student life clubs NC State has to offer and encouraged our students to stay involved with as many things in high school as possible; like FutureVision.

Day 3 included a guided tour of NC Central University; a historically black college/university in the Durham area.  NC Central, though smaller than NC State and larger than Duke, made a nice impression on the students. They really liked that there was a student center complete with pool tables, restaurants, and computers so they could see going to college is truly different than high school. FutureVision students  were good sports the whole day through with more walking, though the weather was slightly cooler. 

The purpose of the FutureVision Campus Crawl is to expose students to colleges and universities that they may not have thought about; we encourage all our students to participate and recognize they have choices after graduating high school.  This trip had a positive response from students and staff and students left feeling empowered to succeed.

One Response to “FutureVision Campus Crawl”

  1. Benito April 28, 2010 at 1:53 am #

    THIS MOMENTOUS DAY!

    Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s syndrome child.

    Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example.

    Each smallest act of kindness – even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile – reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

    Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will.

    All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined – those dead, those living, those generations yet to come – that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.

    Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength – the very survival – of the human tapestry.

    Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days for which we, in our dissatisfaction, so often yearn are already with us; all great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in THIS MOMENTOUS DAY! – Rev. H.R. White

    Excerpt from Dean Koontz’s book, “From the Corner of His Eye”.

    It embodies the idea of how the smallest of acts can have such a profound effect on each of our lives.

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