On Friday morning, June 30th, PCDC staff members and 25 high school students boarded a Megabus from Philadelphia to New York City. Once there, staff members conducted a walking tour for students of New York University, discovering Bobst Library, which holds 5.9 million resources, and the Kimmel Center that houses all the student-led clubs and activities. Students learned that they can find academic support at the Academic Resource Center, which provides one-on-one skill development sessions and, conveniently, across the street is the Leslie eLab, which provides a creative space where student entrepreneurs can meet and develop their ideas. Later on, staff and students took a picture in front of the Washington Square Arch that was modeled after Paris’s famous Arc de Triomphe. Professor Sebastian Cherng, who was previously a PCDC SAT teacher, provided honest advice to students on financial aid and college essays.
The students also received an official tour of Columbia University, discovering the renowned Core Curriculum that is required for all undergraduates regardless of major. Students learn of the required swim test and the perks of the Columbia ID which includes free access to over 30 museums in New York and discounted Broadway shows.
By Joey Zhao