Good tidings to all,
The First Star Greater Washington Academy completed a very successful visit to the George Washington University on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The weather was simply lovely on this sunny and breezy April day. We met on the “Quad” by a lovely bubbling fountain at the center of the Mt.Vernon campus. We were grateful to have two new volunteers, Aaron and Deborah, in addition to our wonderful friends, Barry and Gabrielle from First Star. Our knowledgeable tour guide, Evan, discussed academic requirements as we looked around Ames Hall, including research papers and creative writing. We walked to West Hall where students were able to see a dorm room (complete with a sleeping roommate!), visit the dining service, and see the dance and athletic rooms. We had a chance to see the tennis courts and athletic field as we walked to Merriweather Residence Hall where we will be living this summer. We discussed expectations for college students as we gathered in the beautiful Eckles Memorial Library.
To our delight, we were joined at lunch by Dr. Toni Marsh, Associate Dean for New InitiativesDirector, The George Washington University Paralegal Studies ProgramsAssociate Professor of Paralegal Studies. Our students introduced themselves and shared their career dreams after college.
After a hasty but delicious all-you-can-eat brunch at West Hall, we raced to catch the Vern Express which shuttled us over to the Foggy Bottom campus. There we toured the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center and learned where we will swim, play basketball and work out. We discussed highlights of our summer plans in a large conference room before heading back to the Mt. Vernon campus by the Vern Express shuttle. While we waited for our rides, we enjoyed a snack of peanut butter crackers and some cool water to quench our thirst. Our students now have no doubts that college means lots and lots of walking and time management. Although this event was a shorter day than usual, it was packed with exciting information and the real life sights and experience of our upcoming college experience. Everyone hugged each other good-bye until our next event in May. We left tired but happy with thoughts of the future that starts NOW!!!
With immense gratitude,
Teresa Zutter, Director