Bronxville High School students Katie Gordon, a junior, and Audrey Kim, a senior, recently moderated a college informational panel for college-bound seniors at Mount Vernon High School. Through the program, they answered questions from the audience and provided valuable information to more than 70 students.
Gordon and Kim developed the panel discussion in collaboration with Destination: College, a non-for-profit organization that works with young men and women and underserved communities throughout Westchester County. They had been volunteering with the organization since early March as part of a community service project for Bill Meyer’s Humanities Research Seminar class. During their time, they each tutored Mount Vernon High School students in mathematics, English, history and science and helped them prepare for the Regents exams.
“After volunteering at Destination: College, Audrey and I decided that a college informational panel would be beneficial for the program,” Gordon said.
At the panel, they asked participants to reflect on the college application process, discuss how they prepared for standardized tests, how they found scholarships, what factors they considered before choosing what colleges to apply to and how they decided which college is the right one for them.
“We found that the panel was a great success, and look to continue it next year through the Destination: College program,” Gordon said. “Even though volunteering at Destination: College was through the Humanities course, I look to continue it as I go into my senior year next school year, and I plan to keep Audrey updated on the panel next spring while she is at Brown University.”