Hi! My name is Mae Kindler and I am the College Access Coordinator at BBBS. What does this mean? Well, think of me as your BBBS go-to person for all things related to college. Whether you are just getting started with the college process or you are diving into college applications this fall, BBBS offers something for everyone in high school to be engaged in college exploration!
If the college process sounds lengthy and overwhelming, I want to let you know that it is more than long hours of taking the ACT, writing essays, filling out numerous applications, asking for letters of recommendation, and sitting around waiting for answers. Sure, it’s going to be a lot of work, but is it worth it? Of course!
You have to keep in mind that there are so many fun aspects about the college process. Thinking about college means getting to weigh your likes and dislikes and examining your goals. Through BBBS’ College Club, you will be exposed to an assortment of college experiences that will give you an opportunity to make decisions. Do I want to go to school close to home? What is the right class size for me? Are there resources on campus to help me if I don’t understand my coursework? Can I really stand another Minnesota winter?
The goal of College Club is really centered on providing answers to those exact questions. We want to make sure you have a chance to set foot on campuses to take tours, speak with current college students, sit-in on classes, try the food, and even stay overnight in a residence hall. We also look for sporting events, concerts, and plays that we can attend on campus to give you an idea of what student life can look like outside of the classroom.
Looking back on the last two years, College Club has visited more than 15 campuses in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin! We even had a chance to attend a University of Minnesota Gophers basketball game with matches and had a great panel discussion about the importance and enjoyment of participating in extracurricular activities during college.
Whatever the activity is, we design our programming to be exciting and educational. I hope that I can encourage you to think of BBBS as a great resource for college, no matter where you are in your journey.