Too often, “old methods” of introducing high school students to college life still involve paid college-recruiting agents who visit their high school. These “college reps” introduce themselves, distribute printed information, discuss entrance requirements and invite applications.  For those with the time and resources, a “college visit” may be included.

Both systems are usually very structured and rarely involve actually talking with college-age students.  How often do high school students get the opportunity to talk with college students about being successful, both in high school and at the college level? The high school senior almost never speaks with more interesting and authentic...

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Sean M. Brooks is a Ph.D. graduate student within the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University with a specialization in learning, instruction, and innovation. As a schoolteacher for nine years, he pioneered Peer Mentoring 2.0 which included middle school and high school mentoring one another both face-to-face and using Skype and College Mentoring 2.0 which included college students mentoring high school juniors and seniors using Skype in the classroom. Mr. Brooks is the author of two education non-fiction books: Where the Finger Points and Violence Among Students and School Staff: Understanding and Preventing The Causes of School Violence.