WCU students mentor high school students

Sydney Garrett, a senior at Swain County High School, speaks at a school assembly where WCU student mentors participated.

Sydney Garrett, a senior at Swain County High School, speaks at a school assembly where WCU student mentors participated.

Five WCU students who previously attended Swain County or Robbinsville high schools have been helping mentor students at their alma maters through the college application process this year using social media tools and by visiting the schools.

Coordinated by Project Discovery, a federally funded program hosted at WCU to help eligible students access post-secondary educational programs, the mentorship program is supported by a $5,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission administered through Appalachian State University.

Danielle Jones, a senior from Robbinsville majoring in hospitality and tourism management with a minor in entrepreneurship, said working as a mentor has been rewarding and that she enjoys answering high school students’ questions about college, such as how college differs from high school.