‘Grow’ event held

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In order to get students more familiar with the campus and the offers it has for them, SGA hosted a Grow and Go resource fair Jan. 30 in the Fireside Room.

It gave students a chance to talk to counselors and members of the BC facility.

For the first time holding this event, SGA President Danitza Romo said that it turned out a success.

“The morning was packed and as the day has gone on it has stayed pretty steady. It’s been a good turnout,” she said.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until 3:15 p.m., there were “speed sessions” in assortment, which included Career Assessment, Rapid Resume and Healthy Eating. They even had a session to help manage stress, which is known to affect college students on a normal basis.

Plenty of departments took part in the fair. There were a variety of tables to choose from, such as the athletics, EOP&S/CalWORKs, radiologic technology program, M.A.P.S., financial aid, and the writing center, as well as a table for SGA specific information.

Members of each of the departments were on hand to talk to students personally. Pamphlets and brochures were provided as well at many of the tables. If anybody had any concerns or questions, the members were there to put them on the right path.

Angel Otero, 21, said the event definitely helped. Otero said it is his first time attending BC this semester, and he plans on majoring in criminology. He said he would come back if this event was held again.

Another student, Claudia Rojas, 19, said she learned a few things from the foreign language table that she didn’t know before.

There’s a Spanish class offered this fall that’s for native speakers.

“I speak Spanish fluently; this class is just going to help me with my reading and writing,” Rojas said. She was glad to have found out there was a class that was able to help her out.

One of the volunteers that helped at the library table was BC library chair Anna Agenjo. She thought it was an excellent idea for the fair,

“It’s always good to put a face to name,” she said.

She said that she’s found students may be afraid to ask or talk to adults for help.

“It gave the staff a way to interact with the students,” she said.

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