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For underclassmen, like sophomores, this fair became a sounding board for positioning themselves as quality candidates who have four semesters to ‘shape up’ and become stronger in their academics, focus on specific class courses that will increase their academic rapport in science, math, history, or English in accordance to a desired major. Scholar Yazmean, sat at the Mt. Mary table absorbing the real-world experience of Admissions Counselor Tyanna McClaurin who shared:
“I don’t expect you to know what you want to do at 15… I just want to know that you are curious about something and that you own every opportunity to learn more about you.”
Part of the college experience McClaurin explained is the idealism around discovery through service and volunteering. At Mount Mary University, accepted applicants have the ability to receive full scholarship based on grades and service to their community. The Caroline Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program for freshman, full-time undergraduate, students with a passion for social justice. This highly selective program provides challenging academic work, leadership development, service learning opportunities and financial assistance that covers full tuition, room and board.
Needless to say, the ball rolled in scholar Yazmean’s corner to experience what she wanted to do by asking to serve others in the work field she was curios enough to dedicate an education and career.
The freshman buzzed around like bees to a fragrant flower, as their sole mission was sparking curiosity and learning how to utilized volunteering as an avenue to explore professions before considering a major of study. A teachable moment came unexpected when scholar Bryant asked, “What is the minimum GPA of students who are admitted to Marquette University?” when Upward Bound Math & Science Coordinator, Yvonne Reyes challenged Scholar Bryant to consider how is he pushing himself to outperform his average.
Instilling the confidence of competing against yourself, first, allows scholars to consider their worth, while setting the precedent “be able to speak to your ability.” The ability to know your worth and be able to speak to how you've developed self-efficacy is most effective with helping others learn you, but also knowing why you compete in this world market; in addition to how your purpose can be met wherever you go. #WhatIveLearned