Among the benefits the Act 101/Educational Opportunity
Program provides is the opportunity for selected Bloomsburg University freshmen
to get a jump-start on college life prior to the fall semester. As they near the end of their Act 101 summer experience Mia
Medina and Francisco Rivera both agree.
However, they got their first true taste of BU last year.
They were among a group of rising seniors on campus with the Bloomsburg-Allentown Partnership, an annual two-week residential program designed to excite and prepare high school students for college. Each say the partnership was a big help to them in not only getting focused for college but choosing the right fit.
“Last summer was real nice,” said Rivera, a biology/pre-medicine major. “It introduced us to the professors and others on campus who provide support to the students. It’s been great seeing those same professors and support system in place for us this summer.”
Medina, a criminal justice major, added, “From the first time I stepped foot on campus, it felt like home. I knew I would be comfortable, so seeing what it was like for two weeks made sense. I connected well with everyone last summer. It made my decision easy.”
According to Medina, the partnership’s program assistants were a big influence.
“I remember one would always tell us to make sure we got involved, know what our goals are and stick with it,” Medina said. “He would always say, ‘there isn’t anything you can’t learn.’ Looking back now, he was right.”
Rivera agrees, adding the whole partnership program was a big help for this summer’s transition.
“Last summer helped teach us not to procrastinate,” Rivera said. “We were on a strict schedule. It’s very similar to Act 101. I believe we have been more prepared because of it.”
Act 101 has continued that progress, according to the Allentown freshmen.
“We’re under a strict schedule, which keeps us focused,” Rivera said. “It’s also helping us learn our way around campus better and how to study properly. Basically all of the fundamentals are being taught, and it will be up to us to use them.”
Medina adds, not just for the upcoming fall semester but throughout her college career.
“I’m expecting BU to put me in the right path to succeed,” Medina said. “There are a lot of support services, advisors and professors here to help you succeed. They want you to do well.”