The day began with a welcome and introduction from SUNY Cobleskill Director of Admissions Bob Blanchet, McDonald said, followed by students’ individual interest-based panel discussions, lunch and a general college fair.
“Today is about you, your dreams and how you’ll reach them, and to help you figure out what you’re passionate about,” Blanchet said in his opening remarks. “Today you are not a high school student; today you are a prospective college student. Seize the opportunity.”
And seize it they did, McDonald said, noting that the students were particularly engaged and passionate in discussions this year. McDonald said she spoke with the more than 50 college representatives, and they all agreed that it was the best summit yet.
“It’s never too early to start making students aware of what college is,” McDonald said. “Especially lower income students because the earlier they hear it, the more likely they are to be able to picture and envision themselves in that situation, and see it as an option that they really can pursue and attain.”
The summit has provided students with a realistic college experience that allows them to pick a college or career path that best fits them, McDonald said. Along with the entire CFES program, it encourages low-income students to learn more about their options and pursue them.
“It’s working,” McDonald said. “And it’s fun to watch.”