July 13, 2018
Some students who are members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians got a chance to experience college life while they’re still in high school. The “Lion Life” program at Mars Hill University gave Cherokee juniors and seniors a weeklong college immersion experience this summer.
The program is designed to let the students see what college life is like — from application through graduation. They worked with Mars Hill admissions and financial aid counselors to learn how to navigate the process of applying for admission and financial aid to whatever college they plan to attend. The students also received official Mars Hill University student ID cards, allowing them entry to their residence halls and to the university’s dining hall. They studied a college preparation curriculum throughout the week, learning about time management, reading strategy, note taking, and study skills. And they spent part of the week attending college courses in personal finance and health.
The week wasn’t all about hitting the books, though. The students had the opportunity to experience some of the outdoor activities available in the Mars Hill area, as well as to talk with current Mars Hill University students to learn more about college life.