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This year, high school students in the Saturday Tutoring Program have been participating in ten-minute "Going to College" workshops at the end of each tutoring session. These workshops have encouraged them to think about their career interests and to take specific steps to reach their goals.

To cap off the fall workshops, 55 students in grades 1-12 toured the campus of Case Western Reserve University on November 19, 2005. Their tour began at the Wolstein Building, which houses some of the newest biomedical research labs on campus. Corttrell performed several fun science demonstrations that captured the students' interest.

Then the group was off to see the athletic facilities at Veale Center. The kids saw college students climbing an indoor rock wall. They ran a lap around the track in the all-purpose gym. They even watched part of a diving competition from a grandstand high above the pool.

Next, everyone walked across campus to the North Residential Village. The group toured some of the new apartments, where they saw a typical living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Cherise showed her students how to turn on the fireplace in the "great room". Sashank and his students relaxed for a moment in front of the flat-screen TV. The kids tried out the comfortable chairs in the study room (and said they'd study more if they had those chairs!).

Then the group passed through the dining hall at Leutner Commons. Some college students were eating sandwiches, while some had dinners, and some had Belgian waffles with maple syrup. The kids were impressed that they could have lunch, dinner, or breakfast anytime.

The group's last stop was at the Peter B. Lewis Building, which is home to Case's business management programs. Outside, they admired the building's gleaming metal roof. Inside, they noticed the curved walls and colorful flags from nations around the world.

At the end of the tour, the group attended a panel discussion entitled "College Life 101" in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. Panelists included college and graduate students from Case, John Carroll, and Cleveland State Universities. The panelists told the group about scholarships that made college affordable for them. They described experiences they had while studying abroad, and they talked about the advantages of taking classes at Tri-C during high school to earn college credits.

A special thanks goes to the Office of Student Community Service at Case. They organized this tour and panel discussion, and have sent hundreds of Case students to volunteer in the Saturday Tutoring Program over the years. The Case students share their time and talents to help Cleveland kids—and both groups learn valuable lessons in the process.

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