Philly Futures upperclassmen offer advice to incoming freshmen

Mike DeNardo
August 07, 2018 - 4:04 pm
Philadelphia Futures

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Before they head off to college, some local freshmen got an opportunity to pick the brains of those who have been in their shoes not too long ago. 

A mixer at Temple University allowed 82 freshmen from more than 20 colleges the chance to connect with upperclassmen at their schools for the annual College Kickoff. The social gathering is held for students of Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit that provides counseling and resources for low-income, first-generation college students. 

"Hearing it from me and our staff is one thing. But hearing it from a peer who has been in the same situation to say, 'I did it and you can do it too,' is very powerful," explained Sara Woods, Philadelphia Futures executive director.

Penn State senior Kevin Abrokwah offered some advice to the underclassmen.

"Meet new people. Talk to people. Put yourself out there and make sure that you challenge yourself each and every day, because what Futures has given us, we have to use it," he said.

Samuel Fels High School grad Lillian Cadet, who will soon begin classes at Gettysburg College, appreciated the older students taking her under their wing.

"The best advice that they gave me is take opportunities, and try to show your leadership skills," she added.