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For some students, one key to their success in college came before they actually started classes as freshmen. It happened during an early start program called Stoutward Bound, according to a new video produced by UW-Stout’s Multicultural Student Services.
Stoutward Bound is for first-year American-ethnic minority students. Participants come to campus two weeks before fall classes begin, start two courses and live on campus to get used to their new surroundings, easing the transition to college.
The video, which can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l2IKSeiP_s, features eight Stoutward Bound participants commenting about the value of the experience. “It was a great chance to meet people and build relationships,” said one student. “I was the first generation in my family to go off to school, so that was a big jump for me. It made me feel much more comfortable,” said another student.
The eight students featured are: Alecia Campbell, of Milwaukee; Gerald Edwards, of Minneapolis; Wynonna Isham, of Eau Claire; See Lee, of Schofield; Kelvin Smith, of Kenosha; Mai Yee Vang, of St. Paul; Ivone Vazquez, of Abbotsford; and Tom Xiong, of Appleton.
Stoutward Bound, funded by UW System Inclusive Excellence, will be held again this summer. It is scheduled Aug. 19-31. For more information go to http://www.uwstout.edu/services/multicultural/sbp.cfm.
The video was filmed by UW-Stout graduate students Kalvin Chue Yang, of Wausau, and Nou Chee Her, of Weston.