CSU Voices and Views

Stories from the Road: Chico

Interview with Harrison Power,
Chico Junior High School 8th grade co-president

Harrison Power (center), Chico Junior High School 8th grade co-president, with Chico State students and Road to College mentors Taylor Lavey (left) and Brett Cashen (right).

Harrison Power (center), Chico Junior High School 8th grade co-president, with Chico State students and Road to College mentors Taylor Lavey (left) and Brett Cashen (right).

The following interview was recorded on April 28, 2010.

Transcript:

(Music)

Erik Fallis:

Welcome back to “Stories from the Road,” a feature of the CSU Voices and Views blog–reporting from several locations along the CSU/AT&T Road to College route.

(Bus sound)

This is Erik Fallis of CSU Public Affairs. We are joined by Harrison Power, 8th grade student body co-president at Chico Junior High School.

So, what did you think of the Road to College experience?

Harrison Power:

It was really interactive and you got to go inside the bus and go on the laptops and learn about different ways to get to college. I thought it was a really cool thing to do.

Erik Fallis:

And what was your favorite part of the whole experience?

Harrison Power:

I’d have to say my favorite part was when we went on the bus, with computers all over the place and college pennants and it was a really cool environment to be in.

Erik Fallis:

What did you learn today?

Harrison Power:

Couple things. I learned that there are many different classes you can take that will help you get into college, like college prep classes.

If you go to college and get a degree than you can overall, in life, earn more than $1 million than someone who just got a high school diploma. I think that is sort of assuring to me, because I want to go to college in the first place.

Erik Fallis:

What do you need to do in school to get into college?

Harrison Power:

Just taking different college prep classes like high level math and engineering. Like right now, I’m in Geometry and so I would be going into Algebra II next year. And Algebra II is the lowest math that, I guess, you need to get into a CSU. But then, also the different English classes.

Erik Fallis:

What is it that you want to do in the future?

Harrison Power:

There are a couple things that I’m thinking about doing. I would like to be a History professor at a college. And I would also like to be some kind of doctor, since my family sort of has a history of doctors. I’d also just be fine being some sort of leader role in a business. Maybe a manager.

Erik Fallis:

How will college help you get where you want to go?

Harrison Power:

Well, first thing, you can’t be a college professor unless you graduated college. It just, really, gives you the knowledge–social and mental knowledge–to help you in life.

Erik Fallis:

Do you think the bus helped reinforce that desire to go to college?  Do you think that it helped students have a clearer picture of college in their future?

Harrison Power:

Yeah, I really do think it helped. I thought it was really cool to learn that the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants went to Humboldt College just an hour away from Chico. I did not know that–I thought it was really cool.

Erik Fallis:

Alright, so do you have anything you would say to students in the next stops–things that they should focus on or any words of encouragement?

Harrison Power:

Well, I would definitely encourage all the future students to be taking part in this to really listen to what everyone has to say, and really pay attention to the different videos they watch, and soak in all the information they are going to learn. If they don’t know what they are doing quite yet, I would think that it will help them get a picture in their head.

Erik Fallis:

Part of the group out there today are students from Chico State.

Harrison Power:

Yeah

Erik Fallis:

Was it helpful having college students who are currently going through their university experience there with you?

Harrison Power:

Yeah it really did, because it shows that even while you’re in college you can still take time to do things for your community. It was just really cool to see kids that are currently in college talking about college.

Erik Fallis:

Well, thanks again Harrison. It was great having you on, and anything else you want to add?

Harrison Power:

Well, I think that this is a great program that you guys are doing and I certainly think you should continue doing it. Like I said earlier, for all the kids that what they are going to be doing–whether they are going to a college or don’t quite know–it really gives them that sort of push of encouragement. Like, hey! College isn’t that hard to get there. So, I think it’s a really great program.

Erik Fallis:

Alright, so I think you probably have to head back to class now.

Harrison Power:

Yeah.

Erik Fallis:

Hopefully you have more chances for experiences like this, and we see you at one of our universities soon.

Harrison Power:

Sounds good.

Erik Fallis:

Thanks.

Harrison Power:

Thank you.

Erik Fallis:

This was the second “Story from the Road” for the CSU Voices and Views blog. Catch us next time when we are in Monterey Bay with the bus. Until then, “Get on Board.”

(Music)

(Bus sound)

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3 Comments to “Stories from the Road: Chico”

  1. Tweets that mention CSU Voices and Views » Stories from the Road: Chico -- Topsy.com Says:

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Road to College Tour. Road to College Tour said: Check out our interview with Harrison Power, 8th grade co-president of Chico Jr. High, one of our stops last week! http://bit.ly/b71ztc [...]

  2. Fred Unger, Student from Los Angeles, Says:

    How do the disabled students get on the us

  3. Erik Fallis Says:

    There is a lift on the bus, in fact the entire experience is accessible. You can see the lift in action on the captioned video posted here:
    http://www.calstate.edu/roadtocollege/multimedia/videos/san-bernardino/index.shtml

    Thanks, CSU Public Affairs

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