July 11, 2017

Third-annual Summer CRUISE off to a strong start

By Conner Russell

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Over 500 students took part in San Diego Mesa College’s popular Summer CRUISE, the 3-day program that offers incoming students an opportunity to explore the campus, connect with faculty, and get ready for college.

This year’s Summer CRUISE was divided into five morning sessions throughout June, July, and August for recent high school graduates and students who have not attended college in the last three years. Also taking part in Summer CRUISE were students who have received the San Diego Promise scholarship, part of the San Diego Community College District’s initiative to make community college free for deserving students.

Two evening sessions were added for adult learners who have not attended college, as well as students transitioning from Continuing Education or the Armed Forces.

Over 150 students took part in the first morning session, which took place June 27-29. Close to 90 students attended the second morning session, held July 11-13.

Now in its third year, the CRUISE program introduces incoming students to the academic, professional, and personal campus resources available to them. The program also prepares them for math and English requirements and provides a chance to work alongside faculty and Peer Navigators, all while creating a unique support system among their peers.

“Summer CRUISE has been really informative,” said Bronté Stern, an incoming student who attended the July 11 morning session. “It’s been nice to be in an environment with other people who are also new, so you’re learning along with your peers at the same time.”

Cesar Esquer, another attendee of the July 11 session, also appreciated the program. “They teach you where everything is and show you all the resources available to help you succeed. It’s been really helpful for new students.”

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Tags: new students, San Diego Promise, Summer Cruise, Peer Navigators