Tours. Tours. Tours.

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This is a picture of me in California at the UCLA Bruin statue – the school mascot – my sophomore year of high school!

by Ariana

College tours; this is something I highly, highly recommend for all you college bound students!

If you have a college that spikes your interest but you aren’t sure, go on a tour! I made sure that I toured every college that was on my list of possibilities. I took advantage of Project Success, which is an organization in Minneapolis high schools that motivates and inspires young people to pursue higher education.

The organization offers free college tours, including transportation. It also provides free tickets to shows at local performing arts centers, such as the Guthrie and Ordway. I went on a lot of the tours they offered and wish I had been able to do more. They offer a big trip all around the Midwest, including Wisconsin, North Dakota and Iowa. I would advise you to take full advantage of every opportunity they provide to visit colleges.

When you tour colleges you really get a feel for what the campus is like. It can be a completely different environment than you’ve experienced before. It can be a positive or negative experience. I have experienced both.

Be sure to ask all the questions you have while on tour, whether it is about sports or dorm life or studying abroad. Ask away because it’s your tour guide’s job to answer questions! I was always the one who asked a dozen questions, but it is better to ask than to leave with uncertainty or regrets about not asking.

I also have a personal story about tours: a college tour is the reason I am at college right now.! During my freshman year of high school my AVID teacher invited us to go on a tour to the University of California at Irvine (I was living in California at the time). AVID is a college preparatory program that gives students the study skills tools they need to be successful in high school and college.

I was just about to drop out of the AVID class because I didn’t really want to go to college. But then I decided I would go on this tour just to experience college life. So I went on that tour and I loved it! The environment was beautiful. The people there were all making a difference in their students’ lives, and one day the world, because all the students were seeking higher education.

I honestly have never felt more excitement in my life than I did on that day, because that day I decided that I would make it my goal to go to college and join that force.

And that is exactly what I did. Today I’m a student at the University of Minnesota – Duluth!

Until next time!

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