VCHS students were able to see what "A Day in the Life of a Buckeye" looks like!
This event offered an individualized experience for urban and Appalachian area high school students to experience life at The Ohio State University, and college in general, for a day. Currently enrolled undergraduate & graduate students were paired with a high school student based on their intended major, and interest/hobbies. High School students who participated in Day in the Life were able to attend classes, interact with faculty and staff, eat in campus-area dining facilities, visit the library and recreational facilities, attend student group meetings, and see a residence hall room.

Due to a multitude of obstacles – some of these students who participated in this program believed that success is unattainable. The initial job of The Ohio State University mentors is to exemplify that they can be successful. The program focused on the philosophy of education and desire; results in success. Ohio State students were also there to identify the potential pitfalls students can expect along the way (admissions, financial aid, etc.); and shared their own personal stories of overcoming adversity and the endless opportunities offered to them. They stressed the importance of receiving a high school diploma and continuing forward into higher education.

This was the 4th year VCHS was invited to attend and the 1st year that we were invited to attend in both the fall and the spring. Typically the spring session is dedicated to the 10th and 11th grade students, but because of the offer to attend twice, we were able to take primarily 12th grade students. The program limits the number of students able to attend from each school to 30. This year Mrs. Rippeth and Mrs. Jones took 27 11th and 12th grade students to participate in this program. The students left the school at 6:00a.m. and returned to the school at approximately 5:45 p.m. It was a long day but well worth the trip and the time. 

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