New club helps Running Starters transition

By Khalil Johnson- Staff Reporters



Transitioning from high school to college can be daunting and a new club has been formed to ease that transition.

The objective for the Running Start Club is to be able to help Running Start students and give them an understanding of what to do in college. 

Alyissa Castle-Lloyd is the club's president and the vice president is Hawa Abdullahi. Castle-Lloyd started the club as a project this past fall, for Girl Scouts, to obtain an award that is considered at organization's highest achievement.

"I wanted to start the Running Start Club to provide a place for Running Start students to gather to work on homework, talk about college, and get help with both high school and college graduation," Castle-Lloyd said.

Castle-Lloyd is a senior at Mount Rainier High School, but attends Highline as a Running Start student. Her goal is to have the club continue for many years after she graduates. She is hoping to give students the chance to go on college tours of universities for transferring students. 

"I joined the club to learn about the classes and teachers here so I could get student recommendations, [from people] who've had experiences in the classes and with the teachers," said student Jessica Hunter.

"I joined to get help with the transition from high school to college and to learn what will be new or different and get tips from seasoned Running Start students like me," Ashley Robbins said.

Castle-Lloyd's goal is to give students the opportunity to experience new things in college together as a group, rather than individually. She said she believes that college can get stressful for students, especially when you're a high school student trying to manage both levels of education.

She said that the transition from high school to college can be challenging and stressful for students. She wants to be able to reduce the amount of problems for students by helping them out.

There are 10 members in the club, but they say they hope they will grow to become a large group of students. Anyone can join, but their main focus is students who are a part of the Running Start program or previous Running Start students. 

They encourage students who are thinking about doing or are currently in Running Start to join the club. 

Meetings are every Friday in Building 8, room 301 from 1:30-3 p.m.

For more information, contact Castle-Lloyd at afterhs2@students.highline.edu

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