The time is nearing for Seniors to finish up college applications and for Juniors to start seriously considering what colleges they would like to attend. It is for this reason that shop teacher, Mr. Randy Schafer brought in Mr. Bob Eastley from Ferris State University to help his students understand the endless possibilities for their futures. “It is important for students to know their options when he/she graduates, “ Mr. Schafer said.
Mr. Eastley came to talk to Mr. Schafer’s students about the opportunities Ferris State University has to offer, especially in the Construction Technology and Management Program in which Mr. Eastley works. Through some of the highlights Mr. Eastley mentioned, one would find Ferris State University to be a college that helps gets students back on track, offering tutoring and advise on which community college classes to take in order to transfer credits and save money. Among other perks, Ferris offers two year and four year programs in their College of Engineering Technology with many hands on programs. “Ferris State University has a curriculum that is flexible, well respected and successful in many areas. The students in my classes are technology oriented, thus Ferris offers many opportunities for them,” Mr. Schafer said.
Senior Matt Velianoff and Juniors Josh Lynch and Jacob See were in attendance for Mr. Eastley’s presentation and found his speech very helpful for the college process. The presentation “showed us what goals we need to obtain [for college],” commented See.
The boys mentioned how Mr. Schafer usually brings in a fair amount of speakers every year and it was nice to have a guest speaker from a college because Mr. Eastley helped ease their worries about the future. Lynch noted how without Mr. Schafer bringing in Mr. Eastley “I never would have known about the college [Ferris State University].” Lynch was even interested enough to take home the Ferris State University pamphlets and show them to his parents.
As for future plans, all three boys plan on attending college. Velianoff plans to hopefully attend Universal Technical Institute (UTI) but is still in the process of applying. “For UTI, there is an interview with a Representative,” Velianoff noted to explain why he still is not done applying. Although Velianoff does not plan on going to Ferris State University, the presentation simply showed him more options.
For Juniors Lynch and See, they are just beginning the process of college searching. For preferred schools, See is considering either Western Michigan University or Grand Valley State University while Lynch remains undecided.
Whether set on a future or still uncertain, all three students thought the presentation was very helpful and seemed very grateful towards Mr. Schafer for bringing Mr. Eastley in and helping them get one step closer to making their final college decisions.