Thursday, September 25, 2014

GEC has Moore Fun!

Today the 6th grade students from the Greenville Early College program came to Clemson for their tour from the Moore Scholars and it was a blast! The Moore Scholars, both cohort A and B, have been busy planning this event and I would say it went great, if not better than I expected. We arrived in the Holmes ballroom to set up and go over the game plan before the students and their teachers arrived around 10:30. The day consisted of 4 main activities, a campus tour, a show in the planetarium, a housing tour and lunch. When the students arrived we split them into 3 groups and were on our way to explore campus. It was so helpful to have the big group with both cohorts leading today because each group had around 17-20 students. These students were great to work with and I heard all day long how they cannot wait to be a Clemson Tiger someday. My group did not start off shy, they were asking questions, interacting with students and learning all they could about the life of a Clemson student. We got to see Bowman field, Tillman, the amphitheater, Cooper Library, the academic success center and a classroom. These stops on the tour all corresponded to a scavenger hunt along the way to learn more about the history of our tour stops. Next, we played a game to break the ice and learn more about the GEC students before heading to one of my favorite places on campus, the planetarium show. The Clemson planetarium is a hidden gem that not many people know about or use and its free for everyone to use. Students went on a tour of the solar system and were engaging and asking questions the whole time. Final stop on the tour was a Clemson House dorm where the Moore Scholars Living Learning Community is housed. It gave these students a look at what it was like to be a Clemson student and where we live. This got them really excited and one student asked if she could stay instead of going back to school. Group C was also able to meet a football player, number 94, which got the students even more excited about the possibility of coming to Clemson one day. We headed back to lunch and were able to teach the GEC students the cadence count so I would say they are more than ready to be Clemson Tigers. I had a blast working with all the students and they were all so engaged and loving to learn all about Clemson.

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