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Newcastle County high school students took their first steps to college this summer. They’re still in their sophomore year and his junior year, and there’s still time to decide where to apply, but the group he took a closer look at the University of Delaware and the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics in July.

Lerner faculty and staff were delighted to participate in the university’s first Summer Business Discovery Camp. The camp’s hope is to lay the groundwork for UD and Lerner College to attract the best and brightest minds from Delaware.

Anu Shivaraman, Vice Chair and Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Lerner Diversity Council (LDC), which hosted the camp, said:

The week-long camp involved seven students interested in learning about business from high schools including Howard High School in Wilmington, Caravelle Academy in Bear, Dell Castle High School in New Castle, and Wilmington Charter High School. .

Some students at the camp came from Delaware’s underrepresented population. Some students will become first-generation college students if they decide to go. All were in the age range from She’s 15 to She’s 17. Every day from 10am to 3pm, students review lesson plans with students and professional staff, faculty review lesson plans, and lunch with Lerner Dean Bruce Weber in the classroom. spent. The camp was free and transportation was provided to the students by Lerner.

“The purpose of the camp is to provide students with a business tasting menu,” says Shivaraman. “You can really feel what you learned in the business course. You can also feel the atmosphere of the campus, the university, and the people.”

She encouraged her students to ask questions and not be afraid to speak up during class.

“Think of this as a very personalized, very customized introduction to college,” she said. “We have seen groups of 10 to 15 or more students and their parents visit campuses.

Shivaraman oversaw the camp with Kathryn Bercow, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, and Nicole O’Neill, Lerner’s event coordinator.

Students were introduced to topics ranging from accounting to entrepreneurship, toured the Geltzeiler Trading Center, and attended a presentation about Blue Hen Investment Club, a popular and successful student organization. The participant worked with faculty to create his personal LinkedIn page and had his photo taken by a professional photographer.

Weber tells students how much money Lerner alumni make when they complete their degrees, famous Lerner and UD alumni who are active in the world, and his history at the university. Did. He also gave them examples of how creative business minds can solve problems. This is what students are taught in business school, he used the example of the music industry to show how the music industry took a toll on revenue until streaming his platform was created. rice field.

“We do a lot of things to expose business ideas to college students,” says Weber. “We are an important university and well connected within the state, but we want to keep things on a personal level to get to know our students.”

Campers toured the entire UD campus during the week and were able to visit student residences to get a better idea of ​​what college life is really like. Students were also tasked with creating pitches for new business products or services and were evaluated at the end of camp. Lerner gave each student a gift bag filled with her UD goodies and hosted daily luncheons at multiple campus area eateries, including UD Creamery and Grotto’s Pizza.

“I think you can learn a lot from this camp. Even if it’s just the basics, it takes a lot of knowledge,” said Siya Patel, a third-year student at Caravel Academy. She wants to study business as an undergraduate before going to law school to become a corporate lawyer.

“Even if you don’t know what you want to do, just having this basic information really helps a lot. They have different professors and experts in the field talking to us. The fact that they come is really helpful,” said Patel. “They are really good at explaining what the real world is like.”

Patel said he added UD to his list of schools to apply to, based on his experience at the camp and because it’s close to home.

Kenya Miller is a junior at Howard High School in Wilmington, has already taken business courses and will soon be certified in Excel. She learned about the camp from her business teacher at school and applied immediately.

“This was a really good experience,” Miller said, laughing and chatting with the other campers as they walked across the green on their way to visit the dorms. , I met some people.If you want to learn about business, if you like business class, you should come here.”

Erami Botchway, also a Caravel student, said she wants to leave Delaware to go to college, but is adding UD to her possible schools because she’ll be here for the rest of her life. If he were to apply for his UD, Lerner would be where he applied.

“I was thinking of doing something in business, like entrepreneurship or accounting, but I also want to be a pilot,” he said.