GAINING EARLY AWARENESS AND READINESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS (GEAR UP)

Finley GEAR UP Ambassador represents River View High School at Summer Retreat

Carlos Orozco shown in bright blue shirtIn early August, River View High School Junior, Carlos Orozco took a trip to Pullman, WA for the first annual GEAR UP Ambassador Retreat at Washington State University. Carlos was the only student in attendance from Finley, but joined ambassadors from other eastern Washington high schools, including Kamiakin, Chiawana, Ki-Be, Burbank, Connell, and Kennewick High school, among others. 

During the retreat, Carlos’ days were filled attending multiple learning sessions. These sessions taught the students how to network with others, team building exercises, communication, & mentoring skills. The sessions helped build the students ability to form positive relationships with peers, employers, and teachers, and become good leaders. 

Carlos and the other students stayed in one of WSU’s newest residence halls and were able to meet current students and professors, giving them a very similar experience to being a real college student on campus.  As a way to tour the campus the students took part in a fun scavenger hunt that led them to different buildings all across WSU.

As the first student from Finley to attend this trip, Carlos did not know what to expect, but went with a very open mind and ready for a new experience. “If you go into a place and you don’t know anyone you can still have fun.” He also said he learned a lot and would recommend the retreat to other GEAR UP Ambassadors.  One main thing he took away from the trip was to never expect anything when meeting a new person, whether it is a fellow student or a future employer, just to talk to them. “I can utilize what I learned to apply for scholarships, get a job, and succeed in college.”  

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