Welcome to the Maine Educational Talent Search Website. We are a federally funded program that works with students grades 6 – 12 from targeted schools to assist them in going on to college. To find out more about our program, please look around our website, or call us at our toll free number: (800)540-2522.
METS is thrilled to announce the hiring of Andrew Henry, who will be our Advisor in the Central, Nokomis, and Searsport schools. Andrew will be in schools soon, but until then, here is a small blurb he wrote to introduce himself:
I graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and from Husson University in 2014 after completing the Secondary Pathways Teaching Certification Program. In addition, I taught high school English in the Academics program at Hancock County Technical Center from 2014 to 2016. My experiences working with many potential first-generation college students led me to seek out opportunities in the world of college-access programs like TRIO. One of my professional goals has been to help students find success in a post-secondary educational environment, and I’m thrilled to start doing that as a METS Advisor.
We are very happy to introduce our new METS advisor for Lake Region High School and Middle School, Amanda York! Amanda will be starting in the schools soon, so stop on by her office and say hello!
I am very excited to join the METS team in the Lake Region area of Maine. I can’t wait to get started working with students in this program. I attended the University of Maine, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In addition, I completed minors in Political Science and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Prior to METS, I was a Case Manager in the Bangor area for children. My lifelong goal has been to dedicate my life to making the world a better place and mentor youth to achieve their highest levels of success possible.
7 Questions is an ongoing series we are working on, where alumni from METS report back about their college experience. This time, we’re hearing from Joey, who graduated in 2015.
What college are you attending, and what is your major?
I am actually a transfer student. I went to the University of New England and ended up switching to Boston University my Sophomore year. I study Biology with a Pre-Veterinary Medicine track. I also am doing a minor in Music Performance.
What helped you decide on your major?
I have always had an affinity for animals and the thought to be a veterinarian came naturally to me. Music was also a major theme in my life so college was the perfect place for me to expand my horizons with a topic I love.
What was your favorite class in college, and why?
American Politics, believe it or not. The Teacher was a very left wing democrat and the T.A. was a very right winged republican. Every day they would debate in class over policy. It was a very enjoyable class that made me think critically about the things I find important for building our future. It was also a class where a lot of controversial subjects were talked about on a daily basis. I felt challenged and offended a few times which was great practice on how to deal with situations of the same nature.
Are you working in the same field as your major?
Currently I am not, but there are plans in the works right now for me to do an internship in a veterinary office shadowing a vet and learning under him. More news to come.
Were there things you felt unprepared for when you went to college?
YES! The workload is increased exponentially. Especially if you take subjects you aren’t very familiar with. The time outside of class to learn a subject almost quadrupled for me. There isn’t much reviewing in college which makes you the one responsible for finding ways to get the knowledge in a way that you feel you understand the material.
How do you feel METS helped you prepare for college?
Definitely in the financial aspect of college. All the application help is exceptional and I felt the most I got from it was the financial awareness. I know more about my loans and my college finances than most of my peers.
What advice would you give to METS students?
Take every chance and opportunity given to you. College is a place to explore yourself and find things that challenge you and make you better and more well rounded. If you don’t try new things, you’ll never know what truly excites you. Study abroad. Go to events. Study hard but don’t miss out on the fun and adventure of college.