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The trip started early in the morning. One by one, parents began dropping off their Little Elm High School freshman to load on to ten different buses. Each bus was planned to head in a different direction, but they all had the same destination in mind; a university campus for the day.
This is the second year for what has been dubbed the "Freshman College Tours." Because last year was successful, Keisha Brown, coordinator for K-12 College Readiness, wanted to do it again, but added more college campus visits this year. Approximately 440 Freshman students visited Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Midwestern State University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M Commerce, University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, and University of Texas at Dallas. Last year, 400 students visited six college campuses.
The purpose behind the trip is to provide opportunities to freshman to experience college now, and on a day that sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT exam. Seniors use this day to serve their community. "It is really about the exposure," said Brown. "If we want our students to be college and career ready by the time they leave high school, we have to create the awareness now so when it comes time to make the decision, they will have already been thinking about it."
Brown chaperoned the trip to MSU and said she observed students asking really thought proving questions. "They toured the residence halls, the campus, and we ate lunch in the dining hall," said Brown. And that is when she was pleasantly surprised by seeing some familiar faces. "All I heard was Mrs. Brown! Mrs. Brown! And two girls jumped from their table and rushed to give me a hug. It was 2017 LEHS graduates Maria Flores and Jamiah Thomas. It was so neat to see them there."
Each campus tour had a admission representative to help the students understand what it will take to get into college. "They encouraged those students to work on those grades now, because it matters when they are seniors trying to get into the college they want," said Brown.
To see all the photos tweeted from that day go to @lecollegeready.