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Would-be wolves pack dorms to discover their futures

Posted 6/11/2009

Number of participants nearly triples

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) fourth-annual Discover Your Future event has reached maximum occupancy. Over 140 high school students from Elko to Las Vegas have enrolled in the week-long program. Coordinators of the event—which provides curious youths with a taste of the college experience—have seen a leap in its popularity.

State 4-H Youth Development Coordinator Steve Schafer said the response could not be better.

“More and more youth are getting excited about going to college, and we’re happy to help them experience the realities of college living,” Schafer said.

Beginning June 21, youths will move into the Argenta dorms, eat at the Down Under Café, and climb the rock wall and swim laps at Lombardi gym. They will also realize college life is not all fun and games

“Besides an awareness of the fun of college life—dorms, food, socializing—Discover Your Future gives youth a broader understanding of self responsibility and leadership — cleaning up after yourself, getting food on your own, walking to campus for classes,” Schafer said. “It’s a much truer experience than just coming to campus for the day and talking with a recruiter.”

After settling in Sunday afternoon, youth start their busy weeks Monday morning with classes in one of seven available areas of study. Youth will participate in a variety of hands-on activities ranging from earthquake tables at the College of Engineering to human development studies at the College of Education.

Along with college courses, participants will learn about funding through Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), grants and available scholarships. They will also take career-assessment and personality tests to help them discover which field of study would best suit them.

Though the 2009 Discover Your Future event is full, plans for next year’s event are well on their way. Interested youth are encouraged to sign up for the 2010 event by contacting Schafer at (775) 784-6207 or by email at schafers@unce.unr.edu.

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