Today was the last day of Bama Biology Bootcamp. It was an action packed week dedicated to providing incoming freshmen students with a crash course in Biology and college life.
These students attended real lecture hall style lectures, sat three exams, participated in a Biology I lab, and completed their first college level group project. However, it wasn't all work and no play. These freshman also toured seven research labs, met a number of professors in the department, and explored campus and its resources. Bootcamp is an extremely accurate term to describe the amount of time and energy these students put into learning about and developing successful and healthy study habits, time management and schedule planning skills, and positive attitudes towards learning.
The group of students I mentored came from all over the country, and their distinct backgrounds only added to the experience. Each person had unique high school experiences and college preparation, which often promoted discussions about their concerns and any survival tips us mentors had to address these. My group grew close and is already forming study groups and hanging out outside of class together. They really threw themselves into this week and learned quite a lot from it. I know they are better prepared for the transition to college, and I can't wait to see the success they will have going forward. Maybe I'll even see a few of them as mentors next year!