Speaking in a classroom of nearly 170 Hudsonville High School students, Ferris junior Jon Sells said he wanted to give an up-close look at college life.
“I wanted to be a part of something where I can truly give high school students an idea of what college is like from a student’s view,” said Sells.
On Dec. 17, the Ferris State nursing student traveled back to his hometown of Hudsonville.Sells was one of many students participating in Ferris’ Hometown Recruiters program this past holiday break.
Sells said many of the high school students were interested in knowing about living on-campus. He said students asked more questions regarding the university than he expected.
“Students were asking questions like ‘How big are the dorm rooms?’ ‘Do you have your own bathroom?’ and ‘What’s the food like?’” said Sells. “The students were happy to ask questions about Ferris, as well as college in general.”
The Hudsonville High School students were also interested in learning about Ferris’ athletic opportunities.
Sells said the experience of returning to his hometown high school was interesting. However, he said not much has changed since he graduated.
“Hudsonville High School is pretty much the same,” said Sells. “It seemed like either the number of students doubled, or the school got smaller.”
While talking to a high school counselor, Sells was told Ferris is the only university offering to send their students to speak at the high school. He said being able to learn about college from a student’s experiences offers a larger look at universities than tuition cost and yearly enrollment.
“I feel the Hometown Recruiter program is important to Ferris’ future enrollment because it really is a unique experience for students who are thinking about attending college and are undecided on where they want to go,” said Sells. “The experience was great.”
Sells said he enjoyed the chance to speak with the students and looks forward to having the opportunity again in the spring. n