#SEEDGradsSucceed: CTS Advisors Visit Our Graduates on Campus (Part 1)


College Outreach Visits have always been a SEED staple because they cement the graduate-advisor relationship and ease the transition to college. For the second year in a row, we asked our College Transition & Success (CTS) advisors to take over our social media handle and share first-hand accounts from their college outreach visits across the country. Below is the first installment for the year, from when Jordan visited with SEVEN(!) SEED grads at The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point! 

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9:00am: Arrive at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Good Morning! I am Mr. Frasier, College Success Advisor from The SEED Foundation’s College Transition & Success (CTS) Team. I serve as a post-secondary support to our SEED Graduates as they transition to--and through!--college completion. I am excited to bring you along on my first College Outreach Visit of the season. Every SEED graduate receives a visit from their advisor during freshman year to make sure they're staying on track academically, socially/emotionally, and financially. Over the next three days, I am at UW-Stevens Point to visit four first-year students and three upperclassmen. I hope you enjoy snapshots of my trip and continue to follow along as CTS takes over SEED's Social Media.

12:00pm Taking a Snack Break with Tajeeh!

Everyone say hello to Tajeeh (The SEED School of Maryland ‘17; UWSP ‘21). He is in his first year at UW-Stevens Point, and is double majoring in psychology & sociology with a minor in creative writing. We just finished catching up, touring his dorm, and tackling a few financial aid concerns. After all that, we built up quite an appetite!

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2:00PM - Dominick (The SEED School of Maryland ‘17; UWSP ‘21) with his “Second Mom” Trisha, who is the Director of Tutoring and Learning at UW-Stevens Point. Dominick and our other first years are involved in a mentor program called LEAP where they are matched with an upper classmen mentor, have a weekly college success course, and it gave them the opportunity to come out to UWSP a week early where Dominick was hosted by Trisha and her family that week

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Day 2: 10:00am: History of Theatre Class with Chris

Good morning everyone! This is Day #2 at UW-Stevens Point. I just met up with Chris (The SEED School of Washington, D.C. ‘17; UWSP ‘21). So far, his favorite class has been his Theater History course. He says: “It's great to learn about the history of my chosen craft” Chris was a very active member of The SEED Falcon Theatre while he was a student at SEED DC. He could be found on stage as Timon during the performance of The Lion King Jr. during his Junior year. The Fine Arts building at UWSP is named in honor of SEED Board Member John Noel and his wife Patty, strong supporters of both The SEED Foundation and our grads at UWSP!

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Day 2, 1:00pm: Visiting Antonio at Work

 Hey Everyone! I just got finished catching up with Antonio, who graduated from SEED Maryland in 2015; he is in his 3rd year at UWSP. We connected at his on-campus job in the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, where he helps to plan events. He is currently planning a Color Run for the Spring to raise awareness regarding equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. It is great to see our SEED Grads being leaders on college campuses nationwide! 

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Day 2, 8:00pm: Dinner with the young men of SEED & UWSP

 During our College Outreach Visits, we bring together our first years and upperclassmen for a SEED family dinner. It’s a great chance for all the SEED grads on campus to connect with each other and chat about what’s going on in their world. And what college student can resist a night where they don’t have to eat cafeteria food?

This picture makes me smile for many reasons, but these two really make it stand out in my mind. First, this group is a mix of both SEED DC and SEED Maryland graduates from the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2017, all currently attending UW-Stevens Point. Second, I am surrounded by just a small sample of the young African American men that I have the pleasure of supporting to -and through!- college completion.

Thank you for taking the time to follow my College Outreach Visit to UW-Stevens Point. I hope you enjoy getting a little sneak peek into my world as I travel to see our SEED Graduates at their respective Colleges & Universities.