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"Be a Penn Stater for a Day"

Students from Reading High School (RHS) will visit Penn State Berks for the first annual "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" program on Tuesday, April 7 from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. The program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue higher education.

Approximately thirty tenth- and eleventh-graders will participate in the program. Each high school student will be individually matched with a college student mentor for the day. From 10:40 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., the RHS students will attend classes with their mentor, have lunch in the campus cafeteria, talk with faculty and staff, and visit various locations on campus.

In addition to the shadowing experience, the RHS students will experience a full day of activities including a continental breakfast, an ice breaker session, an admissions and financial aid workshop, a campus tour given by student Lion Ambassadors, an informal dinner, presentations about Pennsylvania College Advising Corps-Penn State (PACAC), Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP), and ASPIRE, an Educational Opportunity Program at Penn State Berks that supports students as they navigate their college career. In addition, the Office of Residence Life will offer a presentation titled "To Start Your Journey," and the day will end with a fun group activity sponsored by the Student Government Association and Residence Life.

The RHS students will receive a backpack upon arrival at the event filled with Penn State Berks items, information, and snacks and a "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" tee shirt, provided by the Student Government Association.

Half of the students were selected by the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps-Penn State (PACAC), an organization that employs Penn State graduates as college advisers at high schools through southeastern Pennsylvania, including Reading High School, to help juniors and seniors with the college search and application process.

The other students were selected by Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP), an educational partnership, under the auspice of the Penn State College of Education. PEPP encourages academically underrepresented youth to pursue their full academic potential. Offered at no cost to participants, PEPP plans, develops, and implements education-related programs and activities for middle school and high school students.
 
This program is a collaborative effort of the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps-Penn State, Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP), and the following Penn State Berks Offices: ASPIRE, Admissions, Housing and Food Services, Residence Life, and the Student Government Association.

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