First generation college students share experiences at North Cobb High School
By Jon Gargis KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University freshman Sabrina Kerns remembers how in…
Georgia (Oct 26, 2015) — By Jon Gargis
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KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University freshman Sabrina Kerns remembers how in 11th grade she wasn’t quite ready for her post-high-school years.
“I was stressing a lot,” said Kerns, who is from Acworth. “I didn’t really do much to contribute to start going to college my junior year.”
Kerns said she took the SAT and ACT as a high school junior, but didn’t begin researching colleges until her senior year.
“And then, my senior year was so stressful, I felt like I didn’t really have a lot of time, so I ended up only applying to two colleges. So I really shouldn’t have waited that long,” she said.
On Friday afternoon, Kerns returned to her alma mater, North Cobb High School, along with four of her KSU classmates to share their experiences from their first two months of college and what they have learned about preparing for university and what to do when one gets there.
They shared the advice with 11th-graders in English teacher Lindsay Kovel’s classroom as part of their classwork for their KSU Learning Communities class titled “Be the Change.”
The five are a part of a KSU Learning Community called “Quest,” which is aimed at first-generation college students.
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