High school sophomores get an early taste of college life at K-State

K-State Alumni Communications
Sophomores discuss what academic, career and social goals they want to accomplish at K-State during the college simulation activity at the For Sophomores Only event at K-State. (Photo: Dave Mayes)

For Sophomores Only, an annual program sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association and held in conjunction with Kansas State University’s All-University Open House, allows high school sophomores early exposure to college life and the opportunities available at K-State.
                                                                                
“The program is geared toward high school sophomores because that is the best time for students to start their college search and we want K-State to be a part of that process,” said Jessica Elmore, assistant director of alumni programs for the Alumni Association.

The two-day program, which took place April 19-20 at the K-State Student Union, provided an interactive approach for parents and students to experience the K-State campus firsthand. 

“The college simulation really helped because I learned you have to put yourself out there and be involved to get internships and job opportunities,” said Kirsten Hutt, Washburn Rural High School, Topeka, Kan.

The Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Board plans and organizes the For Sophomores Only program. Friday evening included social activities. On Saturday morning, the students learned about college life and listened to K-State speakers Pat Bosco, vice president of student life, and Frank Tracz, director of bands.

Spencer Head, Lyons High School, Lyons Kan., said his favorite part was K-State 101, where he learned how to Wabash, picked up some K-State lingo and identified backpack essentials. K-State 101 was an event that engaged students in a series of interactive activities to help them learn more about being a student at K-State.  

Aaron Bisch, a K-State junior in interior architecture and product design and SAB FSO co-chair, said more than 250 students and parents participated this year, a record attendance for the event.

During the students’ morning events, parents were able to talk with current K-State parents about preparing for college. Michelle Jones, parent of sophomore Taylor Jones of Manhattan, Kan., said talking with K-State parents was beneficial in learning how to start planning early for college finances.

Saturday afternoon, parents and students attended the All-University Open House.

For more information about For Sophomores Only and other Alumni Association programs, visit http://www.k-state.com/.



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