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High School 'U Program' Kicks Off at Lakeside

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 The 'High School U' Program brings in professors from Georgia Regents University. For 30 minutes a day over  the next two weeks, 35 brain surgeons , college of dentistry students, psychologist  and even English professors will give sophomores and juniors a jump start.

Every morning , Georgia Regents Medical Center and GRU professors share tips,  wisdom, and college stories  to Lakeside High scholars. The New U Program workers  offer  financial advice  and are trying to lower the 70 percent  college dropout rate, by teaching  sophomores and juniors how to truly handle their first year in college.

Dr. Andrew Kemp  Department of Teacher Education at Georgia Regents University says, " To be honest one of the reasons that I came to this is because I didn't know exactly what college was like. I didn't start off as a good student. My first college was about 20 miles from Daytona Beach, Florida. When you have a nine week Spring break, you're not going to do that well. Once I found what I supposed to do, college became much more exciting."

Teaching  students how to register for college classes, providing information on studying abroad, and bringing in health experts from Georgia Regents Medical Center, the New U  offers a wide variety of subjects to learn; including Japanese culture  to  nearly 16-hundred young adults that attend Lakeside High.

 Dorcas Powell, Assistant Principal and Program Creator Lakeside High says, "A lot of students think college is just an extension of high school, but it's not. Also they're ideas have been expanded to things they might want to pursue. "

This program opens more doors to the medical field with hands on advice and lectures from surgeons. In fact, hearing the truth about college and on- the- job stories, the New U has even changed students' minds when it comes to selecting a career path.

Student Brittany McCloud  says, "Hearing from people from different careers, it's helped us see ok maybe this is something I want to do or don't want to do, because you get a better insight on it from people who have done it for many years."

The best part about the program? The doctors, nurses, professors and students are all volunteering their time for free.

The High School U wants to expand their programs to more schools across the Central Savannah River area. For more information email program director Dr. Andrew Kemp Akemp4@gru.edu

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