October 21, 2013
Students at the University of Virginia are showing some sixth graders what it's like to be a college student. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring the volunteers in the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity for their work with UVa's Day in the Life Program.
It wasn't your ordinary day of class for students participating in the "Day in the Life Program" at UVa.
Recently a group of sixth graders from Walker Upper Elementary had an opportunity to travel to UVa to spend a day with college students.
They toured grounds, had lunch at Newcomb Hall and even participated in a science project all about taste and learning how your taste buds work.
These UVa students could have chosen to stay in their room and study or hang out with their friends, but they gave up their day with the hopes of encouraging these young students to attend college.
"I think it's very generous and really cool that they're doing this for us," said Georgia Layman, 6th Grade Student.
"I guess just to be more mature... just to see how college life is and to see if you do go here...how it is," said Destiny Grady, 6th Grade Student.
UVa students say, it's important to get kids interested early. They also say it doesn't matter where the young student go to school just as long as they attend college.
"It's just really great to hear kids excited about learning and be able to do it in a fun way and to be a part of fostering that is really special for me," said Chelsea Marcelin, 4th year, UVa Student.
"It's such a rewarding experience to give these students a chance to not just look at UVa, but experience a different learning environment and kind of mystify the myths of college and what learning has to be. It's really great to see them enjoy it too," said Lizzy Ramey, 4th year, UVa Student.
The Day in the Life program works with both Charlottesville and Albemarle County students. They tutor kids and put on tours like this throughout the school year.