Summer Scholars Program offers high schoolers taste of college life

News – The Miami Hurricane

High school students in the 2015 UM Summer Scholars Program conclude their program with the Certificate Ceremony. Photo Courtesy Division of Continuing Education and International Education

This summer, more than 100 high school students from all over the world will enroll in the Summer Scholars Program at the University of Miami to get a head start on their college experiences. UM students will lead and mentor the high schoolers by working as Community Assistants (CA). CAs are in charge of supervising the students for the duration of the program, showing them what university life is like and taking them to different areas within Miami.
The program is offered by the University of Miami’s Division of Continuing Education and International Education as a three-week course in the summer. Based on their academic interests, aspiring students can experience college life and earn six college credits.
Program Director Krista Lyons explained how high school students benefit from the experience in a number of ways, mainly by gaining insight they would otherwise have to spend time learning freshman year.
“The whole concept is to try college, to test-drive their academic interest,” Lyons said. “We want them to see what it is like to live away from home and have a roommate as many students have never had a roommate before, which is part of the college experience and teaches them to share.”
Erik Hess, a sophomore studying sports administration, was involved in the Summer Scholars Program before his senior year of high school and has served as a CA since summer 2015.
“Meeting new kids and showing them how the university is, you are the first experience of what UM is. It’s like being a role model for them,” Hess said. “Some of the students I had [mentored]applied to UM after taking this program. It would be great to see them on campus next …

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