At Downtown College Preparatory (DCP), college is not always the norm for students. Most students are first-generation, meaning their parents did not attend college. Many of them do not know a whole lot about college and the opportunities thats comes with pursuing a higher education.
Tutoring at DCP has reminded me to never take my education for granted. Often times, many college students forget how much of a privilege college is. We forget that being able to choose your own major, to live away from home in a dorm, to go to school with people from across the country is a big deal! Whenever I volunteer at DCP, the students constantly ask questions. They want to know everything from about what it's like to choose your own classes to what the food in the cafeteria is like.
One thing I have learned from working with students at DCP is not to assume that everyone is planning on attending college. You can tell that the students at DCP have such a passion for learning, but they often lack the resources to go to college or are simply uniformed of the many ways that going to college can broaden your horizons. Whether you volunteer for DCP or not, make it a point in your life to help someone that might not know what college is all about. Make it a point to reflect at some time throughout the day on why you are going to college and never take for granted the fact that you have the opportunity to further your education which will always be the gift that keeps on giving!
- Adrianna Oliver