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Summer Program Gives High School Students
A College Preview

Date: Aug. 5, 2002
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos By: Dottie Stover
Archive: Campus News

Although she will only be a senior in high school this fall, Antonique Flood spent her summer getting a jumpstart on college by taking classes in the University of Cincinnati's Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program Coca-Cola Summer Collegiate Experience. The 17-year-old attended classes and lived in a dormitory on campus for seven weeks, getting to know a bit more about herself and what college is like.

Antonique Flood

"I've loved it!" Flood exclaims about her summer at UC. "I'm afraid I'm not going to want to go back to high school," says the Gahanna Lincoln High School student who will serve as an editor for her school newspaper.

"I don't want to leave here," said Flood. "We've all gotten really close, and we're talking about staying in touch after we leave."

The June 15-Aug. 3 UC program provided tuition, room and board, plus a stipend to Antonique and 19 other high school seniors of color from across Ohio. The stipend of $100 a week helped to make up for the fact that the students traded summer jobs for summer classes.

Flood studied sociology, intermediate algebra, public speaking and criminal justice courses with college instructors and texts. When she arrived at UC in June, she thought she might want to major in business. But she enjoyed criminal justice and sociology so much she is now considering a career as a lawyer.

College has long been a goal for her. Her parents have always stressed the importance of education. Her father and mother have both given her lots of advice about her campus experience this summer. "They have counseled me to stay focused and to get the studying out of the way first, so you have the rest of the day for other things."

Antonique Flood

Advice and guidance also came from the Darwin Turner Program, her host. After class, the program required the scholars to attend workshops on taking the SAT, study skills, developing a professional presence and writing resumes. As a group, the scholars also took a tour of Procter & Gamble's downtown headquarters.

The summer has not all been academic, however. The students spent a day at Kings Island, had a picnic and visited Newport on the Levee.

Antonique's favorite part of the program has been just having the opportunity to get college experience. "It's fun. It's not really harder than high school. It's just that teachers here make you think on a higher level." She also enjoyed getting a taste of independence by living away from home. Even though construction is still under way on many projects, Flood said she was impressed by what she saw so far. "It's nice to see they are making some improvements. It's a really new-looking campus. I went to some campuses over the spring break and some of them looked pretty dilapidated." When she begins applying to colleges this fall, UC will be on Antonique's list, she says.

Flood and her fellow summer scholars have been invited to return on Oct. 19 to participate with the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program in Walk as One, a walkathon organized annually by the National Conference for Community and Justice.

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