Is the Class of 2020 the ‘Gap-Year Generation’? No Way, Say These Two College Access & Persistence Counselors After Coronavirus Shut Their School
- ‘We’ve found that students who take a gap year never go back to school’ — 2 college access and persistence counselors work to keep HS seniors focused on college after coronavirus shut their school
- ‘It’s hard for kids to wrap their heads around potentially enrolling in a school where they haven’t had an opportunity to get on campus’ — 2 college access and persistence counselors work to keep HS seniors focused on college after coronavirus shut their school
- ‘Colleges have made themselves available with virtual visits and phone call sessions, which in some cases has made the process more accessible for our students’ — 2 college access and persistence counselors work to keep HS seniors focused after coronavirus shut their school
For high school seniors, the weeks leading up to May 1, National College Decision Day, are packed with fate-shaping details to iron out. The gantlet is especially fraught for young people who are the first in their families to consider higher education. How much financial aid is a student’s first-choice school able to come up with? Can a nervous family be persuaded to let a teen — who might otherwise be contributing to the household bottom line — go study in another state?
The 74’s Beth Hawkins is board chair at Venture Academy, a small Minneapolis middle and high school poised to graduate its first class this year. For its founding cohort of 48 seniors, virtually all of whom are making postsecondary plans against long odds, school closure could not have come at a more precarious moment. Director of College Counseling B.G. Tucker and Associate Director Emily Owens, who will support the class of 2020 as they start their college careers, have been trying to call, text, message and, yes, Zoom their way into homes to make sure that students stay on track.
They took a few minutes recently to answer The 74’s questions about their work.Submit a Letter to the Editor