I received a lot of insight from the college and career exploration. Discussions with WSU students and students from other high schools brought me to think about my plan for after high school and how I can help others to think about their education after high school. These discussions and activities made me improve my communication skills as well as my social skills. The Focus Training on the second day equipped me with all the necessary skills to be a mentor at my school. Team development was a huge topic at this training and this improved my teamwork skills as well as leadership skills. I was introduced to the idea of "effective communication" which really impacted the way I talk to my peers and the students who I help mentor.
The GEAR UP Peer Mentoring Training was not only fun, and insightful, but it gave me the skills to introduce my peers to GEAR UP. I love and support GEAR UP and its resources. I walked into this training as a student involved in GEAR UP, and I came out as a GEAR UP student/mentor thanks to this training.