Over the course of the past year, Youngstown State University has hosted numerous Crash Day events, giving high school students a chance to se college life firsthand. For their second year, they decided to add Crash Night and give students a more complete experience.
Phantashia Wiakfield, a sophomore at Warren G. Harding High School, explained how Crash Day helped her choose her major.
“Crash Day helped me choose my career path and what exactly I will be learning, what classes I will be taking, the GPA I have to achieve — gives me all the information I was looking for. After finding this information, I know I want to attend YSU for nursing,” Wiakfield said.
Crash Day was held on Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students took tours, visited the Andrews Student Recreations and Wellness Center, sat in on college classes and ate lunch.
Tysa Egleton, associate registrar and coordinator of Crash Day, said she believes Crash Day is a success for the university.
“I think all of our Crash Days are successful. The weather has a great effect on the amount of attendants we receive,” said Egleton.
Egleton described the events that were held at YSU’s first Crash Night.
“From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. students had the opportunity to crash classes, crash colleges and eat on campus. Afterwards, they checked into housing, where they stayed in the suites at Cafaro House. They did some fun actives with housing like playing volleyball and tie-dying shirts,” said Egleton.
The students also were able to explore downtown.
“We rented a trolley that shuttled the students to the Tyler History Center in downtown. There, we invited a couple of downtown restaurants like Avalon Downtown, O’Donald’s and One Hot Cookie to donate tons of samples of food,” said Egleton.
The students also had the chance to crash different businesses, including WFMJ studios, the Oh Wow! Family Center and the Youngstown Business Incubator.
“The goal of going there was to see what opportunities there were for students as far as internships and what was really in the heart of downtown Youngstown,” said Egleton.