Camp College participation is a component of the broader collaboration among Suffern High School guidance, ESL and AVID faculty members to prepare low income and first generation students for college success.
To be eligible for consideration, students are required to submit an essay and interview with Suffern High School ESL teacher and ASPIRA advisor Rob Mariani, guidance counselor Marissa Guijarro and science and AVID teacher Colleen Stritmater. Participants were selected based on grade point average, leadership potential and first generation status (i.e., the first in their family to go to college).
Stritmater led this year's Suffern High School delegation.
"Volunteering my time over the summer to mentor these students is as much of a learning experience for me as it is them. In 48 hours, our students have the opportunity to meet new people, experience dorm life, attend college classes and go to workshops on topics such as Finding the Right Fit, Financial Aid and Essay Writing. Finally, they attend a college fair where many of the college admission counselors serve as camp mentors. How many other students have this opportunity?" she said. "For me, I get to network with professionals in the college admissions field, which opens doors for all of my Suffern High School students, not just the ones attending camp. The mentor family extends across the state, and together we are opening the doors to the youth of New York State."
Photo caption: A group of students from Suffern High School toured the Siena College campus as part of the 2015 Camp College, co-hosted by Siena and NYSACAC.