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Sails Set for Compact Scholar

SDSU student Trevor Brannen will participate in the Semester at Sea study abroad program for spring 2013.
By Hallie Jacobs

SDSU junior and Compact Scholar Trevor Brannen was recently accepted into the prestigious Semester at Sea study abroad program.

Brannen discovered the Semester at Sea Program during an SDSU-sponsored study abroad fair.  As soon as he stopped by the table, he was hooked.

“I couldn’t believe there was a program that enabled you to travel all over the world,” Brannen said.

Through the program, Brannen will travel to Asia, Africa and Europe.  Brannen is most excited to visit Japan and China.

Staying on track

When Brannen initially applied for Semester at Sea, he did not meet certain eligibility requirements.

“Semester at Sea only accepts people with high GPAs, and mine didn’t meet the requirement,” Brannen said.  “But it inspired me to work hard, and eventually they noticed my improvements and accepted me into the program.”

Brannen attributes much of his success to the Compact Scholars program.

“Trevor is a strong example of a student that has benefited from Compact Scholars student support services, and a reminder that positive interventions can yield positive outcomes,” said Janet Abbott, director of the Compact Scholars student success program.

About SDSU’s Compact Scholars Program

The Compact Scholars Program is the postsecondary component of the Compact for Success — a partnership between the Sweetwater Union High School District and San Diego State University.

The program supports student success by connecting students to the rich resources of the San Diego State campus community. Compact Scholars actively engage in "high impact" educational experiences, most notably study abroad, service-learning, undergraduate research and leadership development.

The goal of the Compact Scholars Program is to deepen student engagement and promote higher graduation rates for Sweetwater District students.