Manchester University
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September 28, 2018


Senior Connor Eichenauer teaches kids games with giant parachutes.

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Annual Walk into My Future Gets Children Excited About College

Erin Brock

Manchester’s annual Walk into My Future event took place on Friday, Sept. 21, where a plethora of nearby elementary students flooded the campus to play games, meet university students and be introduced to the idea of college.

Walk into My Future has been a Manchester tradition since 2013. Each year, different clubs, organizations and departments put together games and activities for students to enjoy while spending the day on campus. This year, though, students were rushed into Cordier Auditorium for a brief moment to escape the storm. When the sun came out, students were able to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon outdoors.

Whether they were sitting under a parachute with MAC, playing soccer with players from the team, or pondering their favorite words with the English department, the elementary students filled the campus with laughter and energy. Music would play as a cue for students to stop what they were doing and move on to the next “station” so they could enjoy everything that was being offered. Teachers, students and volunteers alike were also bursting with smiles and energy that was contagious to anyone involved.

“It was amazing to see so many people pull together to make Walk into My Future the success that it was,” says student volunteer Casey Arseneau. “So many people here at Manchester genuinely care about the future of our young students.”

Volunteers had all hands on deck to make this annual event as enjoyable and well-run as possible. Not only did the volunteers work hard, but they were able to enjoy the event as well.

“I volunteered for my French class and taught them some French words—I loved seeing their cute smiling faces when they learned a word in a new language,” says Nailea Ponce, another student volunteer who couldn’t help but smile as she reflected on her experience.

Rain or shine, Walk into My Future has continued to be a Manchester tradition meant to excite the next generation of students about college and this year was no exception. Hundreds of students filled the campus while students, faculty and staff helped to carry out the event and add to yet another year of successfully keeping this tradition alive.