Friday, August 3, 2012

Incoming freshmen get taste of college at UIS

Incoming freshmen at UIS are getting a little taste of what college life will be like. Twenty five students in the Students Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) program have been on campus since Monday for the summer bridge program. It teaches them about financial aid options while helping them brush up on their writing and math skills.

STARS program coordinator Tarah Sweeting-Trotter loves being part of the program.

"Great program, phenomenal group of students," she said. "They've learned a lot about what it's going to be like to be a college freshman in a few weeks. We really feel like this program has given them some really important tools to come in and be successful and stay with us here at UIS."

Incoming freshmen, like Moyo Adeoleo, are seeing the benefits as well.

"Now I do know my way around," Adeoleo said. "I do know there is a support system. There's a variety of support systems within this school and there's so many people that are rooting you on."

The students' parents return to UIS tomorrow for the last day of the program. The fall semester begins August 27.

The story was featured by WICS-TV 20 in an August 2, 2012, report.

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