CMCC Student Completes Summer Vassar Program
September 23, 2015
Jessica Staples of Auburn, a student at Central Maine Community College (CMCC), participated in the Exploring Transfer (ET) program at Vassar College this summer. This intensive program introduces community college students to the possibilities of transfer to a wide range of four-year colleges and universities.
“The classes were co-taught by two different professors, making every class more like a conversation and less like teaching something out of a book,” said Jessica. “There were rigorous amounts to be read, multiple essays to be written, and quite a bit of research to be done . . . No rest for the studious seemed to be the slogan at Vassar, and boy did we become aware of it!”
Jessica added that she was given seven books to read and that professors wanted students to synthesize the knowledge acquired through the readings and writings, and apply it during discussions and debate. “Living there, eating there, going to school there, it’s such a different experience than having to balance out working and commuting to school,” added Jessica.
A President’s Honors student in the General Studies program at CMCC, Jessica plans to pursue studies in translation and foreign languages after she graduates.
Photo caption: Jessica Staples, center, is pictured here with some of her classmates from the Exploring Transfer program at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.