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On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, approximately 20 Student Government Association Freshman Focus Members will visit Cedar Shoals High School to assist students completing college applications.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Focusers will serve as mentors and have one-on-one interactions with students in the Cedar Shoals computer lab. During this time, they will help the high school students with technical aspects of the application process, offer up valuable advice and tips and direct students to useful online resources such as Georgia College 411.
Standing in their shoes just a year ago, Focusers are extremely passionate about this service opportunity. Giving the advice they wish they had, Freshman Focus Members will answer questions on writing essays, building resumes and standing out amongst other applicants.
Cedar Shoals students are excited to gain advice from Focusers who are their age, rather than only receiving advice from adults such as parents and school counselors.
Freshman Focus was approached by one of the Cedar Shoals Counselors and asked to participate in the event to motivate and encourage high school students to apply for college. Many times, students feel discouraged when filling out college application because of a lack of guidance, information, or relevant advice.
More specifically, some Athens-Clarke County students are hesitant to apply to UGA because they are fearful of attending college in the town they grew up. Focus Member, Valerie Tucker, believes otherwise, “UGA is a whole other world and a completely different lifestyle. Many local high school students are unaware of opportunities UGA has to offer.”
Next semester, Freshman Focus plans to participate in another community service event. Although they are unsure of what it will be, they have considered working with a local food bank or working on a sustainability project.
Not only does Freshman Focus serve the Athens community, but also the UGA community. Members are involved with various campus-oriented committees within SGA such as student services, policy, programming and communications.
Freshman Focus Advisor Danny Ungaro states, “They [Freshman Focus Members] are a part of the Athens community now. This is a community that we aspire to serve. And now, they have made it their own.”
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