Wednesday, April 21, 2010

RE Visits Colleges

College Tour
By: Christian Essimbe
11th grade (Therrell High School)

The college trip I went attended during Spring Break 2010 was very exciting. My fellow Raising Expectations classmates Giovonni Banks and Javonte Martin went on the college campus tour trip with me. It was a life time experience, one that I will never forget. Things were going slowly at the beginning of the trip because it was 4:00 in the morning and everyone was tired. We had to get our identification cards to make sure that we were registered to be on the trip.

Our first college visit was West Georgia. West Georgia University was a great college and the tuition seemed affordable. They have study abroad and also have a variety of majors to choose from. We toured the whole college and meet new people. The classes are not really big but it also depends on what major you choose. Overall I think West Georgia is a good college to attend.

The next college was Alabama State. Many of my classmates from Therrell High School that were upper classmen and graduated attend school there now. The college is a D-1 school, and their activities or sports are really good. To get into Alabama State you must obtain at least a 3.0 grade point average and your SAT or ACT scores must be average. Alabama State opend many doors for many students. Their graduation rate is 83% which is pretty high.

The third college trip had many chaperones. They were always there when we needed them. They taught me a lesson, which is in order to become somebody or someone in life you must have discipline. That is the first step about life. The chaperones were really amusing and very cool to be around. When someone wasn’t feeling well they were there to assist.

Finally, if I had one wish, my wish would be to rewind time back to the college trip. It truly was the best spring break I have ever had. We also went to New Orleans and toured Xavier University and Dillard University. One of the college students asked me if I wanted to attend Dillard University and I said maybe. I will never forget how good the food was and eating and being at different colleges made me feel like a real college student. When the college students asked me how old I was I told them I am 16 and I am on a college tour, and they took a look at my identification card. They really thought I was a college student already. This college trip was awesome. I want to thank Raising Expectations for sponsoring this Spring Break College Tour. I am looking forward to going back next year and preparing for the college admissions process.

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