By Kristen Johanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group of college students from Penn State University spent part of their winter break with middle school students inside a Southwest Philadelphia charter school.

Inside the halls of Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School, middle school students sat and listened to three Penn State students who had a message.

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“We are telling them the ropes about college, what to do, what not to do, certain things to look for,” said 21-year-old Gilbert Orsini.

“Having a goal, knowing where you want to be in the future,” said 20-year-old Yvesmark Chery, “because by having that, it makes you stay focused and stay on track.”

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“Guide them and let them know also that we’ve done it, and that it’s possible for them,” said 21-year-old Akinshola Jolaoso.

Each of the three have helped the students with vision boards, held panel discussions and Q & A’s.

“Growing up in Philadelphia, we probably didn’t really have the chance to be in a program where college was instilled in you in such an early age,” said Orsini.

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The trio hopes to continue coming back every winter break, and stay in touch with the kids.