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Local students to address college life

Brandon Johnson

Jenna Steifel’s first semester at Colorado State University wasn’t what she expected.

The 2004 Moffat County High School graduate had trouble juggling classes, clubs and her social life.

“I wasn’t getting A’s like I wanted to,” Stiefel said.

She had a 3.89 GPA in high school, but her grades slipped in her first semester at college.

Stiefel went to college with 23 credits under her belt, but still thought other students were more prepared than she was.

“I was learning what other people were reviewing,” she said.

Stiefel will be a sophomore this fall, but this summer, she’s working at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

In an effort to help other students make the transition from high school to college, Stiefel helped organize “College 101” at the Boys & Girls Club. The discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.

Stiefel said current and former college students will talk about ways to succeed in college.

The discussion also will cover how to adjust to coming home after a year in college, something Stiefel said can be difficult.

“Different ties are not as strong,” Stiefel said.

There will be a question-and-answer period during which prospective college students can ask current students about what to expect.

Boys & Girls Club director Jonathan Godes said adjusting to the freedom and opportunities college provides is tough for a lot of students.

“I was really unprepared for college,” Godes said.

Godes said not having someone telling him to do his homework and getting too involved in extracurricular activities made for a disappointing GPA his first semester.

He said Thursday’s discussion won’t tell people not to have a social life and not to get involved, but to prioritize and find a good balance.

“You have to balance all of those things,” Godes said.

Godes said having more students go to college and graduate is something the community needs to address.

“There is such a potential for these kids to go on to the next level,” Godes said, but for a variety of reasons, some kids have trouble when they reach the next level.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com

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