Bridges is a program geared toward students in the College of Education, Health and Human Services And these students are typically under-represented, have low math ACT scores, have low GPAs, didn’t really do well in high school. So this program gives them an opportunity to have a new clean plate here at Kent State. It gives them the opportunity for scholarships, growth, and just get ahead of their peers. Truly, I don’t know where I would be without Bridges. because it shows you so much about Kent State. Like, it really makes it a home. Because you get to meet so many people that are like, lifelong friends and it makes Kent State your home. And you kind of like, learn the campus and meet faculty that you might not ever get an experience to like talk to or build a relationship with had you not been in Bridges. It is kind of like educational boot camp but it’s also very fun. They are going to learn stuff about the arts, and campus and math and reading and writing and they are going to come out such different people in just that five-week time period than they would if they hadn’t have done it. Bridges means a lot because without it, I wouldn’t have made all the connections, friendships or even grades that I would have if I would have just come here as a regular student in the Fall. You’re not going to get the same time with the advisors, the deans of your college, or tutor-mentors. There’s a lot of things you learn about throughout the summer than you wouldn’t even know about if you just came in the Fall. Bridges has had a really great impact on my family. My son just starting from the Bridges program he really took to college. He enjoys going to college, he enjoys being here, and I feel like we owe a lot of that to the program. The students that participate, they become a family with each other and they build friendships and bonds that they’ll have forever. If it wasn’t for the Bridges program, there’s no question in my mind that she wouldn’t be doing the things she’s doing. She was a mentor in the LeBron James Foundation last year, she taught a peer leadership class for the university, she’s a Kent State tour guide, and she has joined a sorority, and to see those things happen it’s directly related to the Bridges Program, so I think it’s just the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen happen. Once you enter the Bridges Program, you’re not going to be the same because it really is a for the most part, a life-changing experience. It’s really your ticket to success.