June 19, 2013

City teens uncowed by rural visit


Classmate Julissa Frias, who is looking into industrial engineering, echoed some of the same sentiments. 

“The city is a different world,” she said. “Looking at this experience, upstate is a very big neighborhood. It surprised me that every grade has only about 15 kids.”

“It’s a change of pace,” John Jolivette observed. “They say you should go away to college. This (visit) would help to visualize something else than what I am used to. This is nothing like the landscape where I live.”


Part of the North Country visit focused on exposing the high-school students to a variety of college campuses. 

College for Every Student Program Director Leroy Nesbitt led a financial-aid workshop at Willsboro Central School. Then the students visited Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh for campus tours and a career-guidance workshop. 

“This is a great opportunity for both our New York City and Willsboro scholars,” said College for Every Student  Director Rick Dalton. “Like many of the students that we serve, their only chance of getting on a college campus is through CFES-sponsored activities, and this exchange program allows them to visit colleges outside of their region.”

“I am a shy person, so maybe this experience will get me out of my shell,” Theresa Huth said of her visit to the North Country. 

“I hope to major in the field of business. I think it is important to get out and meet new people and get connections.”

The CEF scholars from both Willsboro and New York City also collaborated on a jointly planned service project — they delivered flowers in personalized, hand-painted terracotta pots to a local senior citizens center.


A group of Willsboro students then traveled to New York City to experience life from an urban perspective. 

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