Economic Developer; Owner, 8th Avenue Collective Group, Wilmington, Del.
"My experience with the AAP created a long-lasting foundation for me. During my time there, it taught me not to rush into anything, and take my time getting to know myself. The AAP gently introduced me into college life, instead of having to be thrown in to a whole new world without the tools to succeed. I do not believe I would have been as successful had I gone straight to main campus.
Because of the program, I was better equipped to handle UD's colossal main campus as well as see familiar faces from time to time. I really liked how some of the students in the program, including myself, became close and helped each other out once on main campus. We were sort of like a family — meeting at Morris Library to study, the dining halls for meals, Trabant and Perkins to hang out, and much more.
Since graduating from the program, I went on to continue my studies on main campus as a Health Behavior Science major and Public Health minor and graduated from the University in spring 2016. After graduation, I started interning and working in one area of my studies as a (drug and alcohol) prevention specialist, and I also started a business. Currently, I am working full time as an economic developer for a local community development corporation and running my business, 8th Avenue Collective Group. It is a creative agency for local artists, makers and doers in Wilmington that provides resources, connections, and a platform to create and showcase.
My experience with the program was so life changing, it convinced my younger sister to attend UD, but do the AAP first!"
— Jasmine Brown