College and Career Planning at WSC

posted Apr 29, 2014, 6:23 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 11:47 AM ]

Two special programs this spring provided WSC students with the opportunity to explore the world beyond middle school and think about their future:  Girls Career Day at JP Morgan and College Connection at Fordham University.  Groups of academically and community-minded students were selected to participate in site visits to these two institutions.  

An extension of last years’ mentoring program with JP Morgan, “WSC Girls on Wall Street” was the brainchild of a pair of directors at the firm who designed and hosted a career day at their offices as a way to help WSC girls explore careers in finance and banking.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the business world, the various types of careers available and the types of education needed to enter these professions.  The girls attended seminars on saving, budgeting and investing and a panel discussion with a number of successful JP Morgan women sharing their personal stories and the challenges they overcame along the way.  Another highlight of the day was a tour of the trading floor.  We are indebted to our friends at JP Morgan who modeled professionalism, self-confidence and empowerment, and showed such caring and generosity towards the girls.  That such successful people took so much time and care to speak with them and to support them was an underlying message that came through very clearly.  What a unique experience for these young ladies, one that will have influence on their lives many times over.  Thank you, JP Morgan!

Visiting Fordham University’s Bronx campus was another illuminating and enriching experience, and not only for WSC students, but also for Fordham undergraduates.  As part of WSC’s College Connection visits, a group of students visited the campus, participated in a walking tour, and met with the Director of Career Planning who engaged students in an interactive conversation regarding issues pertaining to college and admissions.   The highlight of the visit was when WSC students attended an upper-level undergraduate class "The Worker in American Life" taught by the chairperson of the African American History Department. WSC participated alongside Fordham students in a lively discussion.  According to the professor, WSC students offered comments that were “at times startling in their insight and depth,” and became “the focal point of an incredible discussion of what it means to be working class in the United States.” All students were inspired by the visit.  We are so appreciative to the Fordham professors and professionals who gave their time and  attention to our students.  Thank you, Fordham University!

By engaging our students in memorable college and career experiences while in middle school, we hope to provide them the direction they need as they enter high school.  Students were made to feel welcomed and valued at each institution and walked away understanding how much they can determine their lives with hard work and setting goals.