Snapshots: TAP Program Underway, ‘First to College’ Session

| July 22, 2014
2014 TAP students Pedro Henriquez, Jeanne Uwimana, Maalik Shakoor, Rozinetti Niyoyakira, Marcus Bridges

Incoming Webster students Pedro Henriquez, Jeanne Uwimana, Maalik Shakoor, Rozinetti Niyoyakira and Marcus Bridges gain valuable information during one of the 2014 TAP Program workshops.

The Transitions and Academic Prep (TAP) program got underway July 18, with students from as near as Illinois and Kentucky, and as far as Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. Students have been attending classes and workshops each day on topics ranging from college adjustment to campus employment. The Academic Resource Center hosts the summer residential program each year, offering participating students academic credit.

Throughout the week, students will participate in sessions hosted by the Luhr Building, Career Planning and Development, Student Affairs, MCISA and the Academic Resource Center. The program will conclude on Saturday, July 26, with a breakfast for students and their families with President Beth Stroble in the Sunnen Lounge.

First to College
Presenter Stephen Anderson leads TAP students in sharing their experiences as part of the "First to College" workshop session.

Presenter Stephen Anderson leads TAP students in sharing their own experiences during the “First to College” workshop session.

TAP students shared their experiences  as part of the “First to College” workshop session, presented by Stephen Anderson, a TRIO advisor at St. Louis Community College and founder of H.Y.P.E. (Helping Youth Pursue Education), an organization that provides college tours and mentoring programs for urban youth. Anderson was a first generation college student who now shares his story by speaking to students and exposing them to opportunities in higher education.

During the session students discussed the need to use their resources, ask for help, and manage their priorities. “Nearly half of the 2014 TAP students are the first in their families to attend college,” said Erin Bullerdieck, Transitions program coordinator and adjunct faculty member. “We are proud that they have chosen Webster!”

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