During Spring break, 40 College Bound high school members took guided tours at UC San Diego, Mt. St. Mary’s University and CSU Northridge. Throughout the year, members have learned about universities requirements and expectations. The campus tours gave our members the chance to visualize themselves on a university campus and fully embrace the college experience for a day.
Our UCSD tour began in the heart of campus, abuzz with a farmer’s market and a fair featuring student organizations. From the main hub, members walked to Muir Campus, one of six undergraduate colleges that make up the university. Students got a glimpse of dorm life, and stopped to admire the iconic fourteen-foot Sun God Statue, one of only three by French sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle.
At The Mount, members were treated to a personal tour of campus by our own College Bound Alumnus and former Youth of the Year, Stephanie Gomez. Stephanie introduced kids to the dorms, recreation center, university cathedral, student union, library and a science lab. The group then attended an admissions presentation from the university that covered topics such as transportation, scholarships, majors, and general admissions information.
At CSUN, the teens took turns operating a robot model at the VEX Robotics Club lab. They learned about the Education Opportunity Program, then viewed an art gallery created by students. The last and, by all appearances, most popular part of the CSUN tour, was the newly renovated and award-winning student recreation center.
Members had an unforgettable week visiting all three campuses are looking forward to exploring more during our summer program.