Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners: FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.
Action Step: Engage community partners in a focused collaborative inquiry process.
For our senior class at BFA, the end of their PreK-12 education career is fast approaching. Before we know it, they will be marching across the stage in their caps and gowns ready to step foot into the exciting world of adulthood. Many of our students (77% last year) will attend a two-year or four-year college/university and or training program. The process of having a college application accepted is rigorous and is well underway. But what happens to our students once they arrive at their education destination? What should our current students expect and what do they need to know? Who better to ask than some of our former graduates that were home on break for the holidays!
Beth Cole, a High School Guidance Counselor, arranged for the graduates to return for an informational visit. This has been a tradition for many years and is an important opportunity for seniors to learn more about post-grad opportunities and experiences from their peers.
Here are just some of the valuable tidbits that graduates of the Class of 2012 brought to the BFA class of 2013:
- Introduce yourself to your professor (this good advice applies to any educational pursuit!)
- Ask for help (see above)
- “TR” on a schedule means you have class on Tuesday and Thursday
- Put time in your schedule for eating
For Emma Collins, “this was extremely helpful because you got little tips that you don’t get from the college brochures.” The experience is a great one for current and former Bullets!
This year we are anticipating that a high-percentage of our students will continue to choose post graduate studies after gradation. Here is a glimpse into where BFA students have applied so far – over 20 different states and two countries.