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USU Hosts Students for Middle-to-High School Transition Camp


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Students at Transition Camp 2019 taking part in a tug-of-war with ROTC members at USU

Utah State University hosted students from nine different schools for the fifth annual USU STARS! GEAR UP Transition Camp. The camp aims to provide eighth grade students transitioning into high school the opportunity to learn skills they will need to be successful in school as well as an understanding of what they can expect in high school.

Reporter Irma Mora said in a Jun 27 article in The Herald Journal that “The camp was hosted by USU STARS! GEAR UP, a federal grant-funded student program, with support from different programs at USU including the ROTC program, the Academic Success Center, the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, the College of Engineering and the College of Science. GEAR UP partners with participating schools in Central and Northern Utah as well as Nevada to encourage students to graduate high school and continue their education.

...The students had the opportunity to get to know each other with activities such as a relay race and tug of war organized by the USU ROTC. They also had a chance to use the USU Challenge Course. ‘I liked the fact that we got to meet new people and make friends really quickly and learn how to develop teamwork skills,’ blue team student member Lina Le said.

...The camp offered 10 workshops to develop different skills such as study skills, paying for college, career exploration and chair yoga. Blue team student member Erin Runhaar said she enjoyed the workshops and learning about a college campus.

...Each group was led by USU students and recent graduates. By leading by example, the mentors also taught the students how to be successful in college.… Libby Booher said she enjoyed the camp and was really glad she was able to meet new people and make new friends. ‘We became a family,’ Booher said.”

Press: The Herald Journal