Touring for Experience

Loryn CornetteSenior Human Service Leadership major, Loryn Cornette, of Greenleaf, blogs about her final semester at UW Oshkosh. Loryn juggles being a full time student, holding the Treasurer position of the Human Services Organization on campus, having an on campus job in the Undergraduate Academic Resource Center as a Peer Advising Liaison, and working 21 hours a week at her advanced internship placement at UW-Fox Valley’s Student Services Office.  Follow Loryn’s blog posts as she writes about her final experiences on campus before commencement in May.

The TRiO – Educational Talent Search program took their first spring field trip on Friday, March 15 to Milwaukee.  The trip was an overnight field trip to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Marquette University and Discovery World.  The program was able to accommodate 49 middle and high school students on the two day trip. I was able to chaperone this field trip and had a fantastic time. I primarily work with the TRiO Alumni college students at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley so it was great to be able to work with middle and high school students from the Menasha and Kaukauna school districts.

The students were very excited to attend the overnight trip.  We had a pizza dinner at UW Milwaukee where we heard college experience stories from other college students and were able to ask questions. The group then attended a science experiment lecture in one of the large lecture halls in the Physics building. After talking with many of the 6th and 7th grade students, they could not believe the size of the classroom!

Saturday morning we attend a pre-college fair at Marquette University. Students were able to learn about different summer opportunities at colleges around the state and get a mini tour of Marquette. Saturday afternoon consisted of workshops and exploring Discovery World. Students were able to do hands on experiments and explore the museum on their own, which they found to be very exciting and interesting.

Trips such as these through the TRiO program are very beneficial to students because they are able to experience the college atmosphere and attend college like lectures to get a better picture of college life. Students are able to tour different colleges around the state so that they have an idea of which schools fit them best and which ones they would like to apply to in the future. The TRiO students really enjoy these opportunities because every field trip always hits maximum capacity. Other upcoming field trips include the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Valley Technical College, the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, the University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

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