On Friday, April 24, 2015, River View High School GEAR UP freshman and sophomores were taken up to explore the WSU Pullman campus. This day was filled with lots of fun and excitement starting from the departure of the high school. As students boarded the bus they all were ready to interact with their peers and enjoy a day in Pullman.
As soon as everyone arrived to the WSU Pullman campus, students were anxious to get off the bus and look around. Everyone got off the bus and took a nice group photo in front of the Lighty Building. The group looked really great with all their matching GEAR UP t-shirts. Soon after the photo, everyone was given a quick introduction and welcoming to the campus.
After receiving a warm welcome, the students and chaperones split into two big groups and went off to tour the beautiful campus with a WSU student tour guide. The tour was great because the students were able to see all of the historic buildings and learn lots about the campus. Students were even allowed to visit the Charles R. Conner Museum, where there were lots of animal exhibits. Students were very impressed with all the animals that they got to see, especially the Bighorn Sheep.
Right after the Museum, everyone gathered and walked over to Southside dining hall and had lunch with some former River View alumni. Students were thrilled to sit down and eat and also talk about college life. Before the trip, students choose between Nursing, Engineering and Sports related majors. Based on these fields of study, Mrs. Rubio grouped students with matching alumni that are currently studying the majors listed above. From this set up, students had the opportunity to ask many questions that were beneficial to becoming informed about their interested major.
From lunch, the entire group was given a presentation regarding admission at WSU Pullman. Students got to ask questions regarding cost of attendance and different major options. Samantha Hege, WSU Pullman Admission Representative, talked about how students can tour the campus before committing to attend and also why Pullman is such a great place. She also discussed financial aid options and how students should start to save money now so they can go to college.
Thank you to WSU Pullman for letting Finley GEAR UP visit and also to River View High School Principal, Bryan Long for helping GEAR UP set up this college visit. This trip was very informative for Finley’s GEAR UP students because they were able to visit the campus and explore the different options this campus has to offer. Students continuously expressed how much fun they had and were pleased that GEAR UP took them on this trip.