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GEAR UP students participate in interstate college road trip

Last week, a group of 26 GEAR UP students from Manor High School, Manor New Tech High School, and the Manor Early College High School embarked on a three-day summer college road trip to Houston, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. These rising seniors gathered onto a charter bus and toured University of Houston, Southern University, Tulane University, and Louisiana State University. In addition, students were able to visit the NASA Johnson Space Center and participate in historical tours of New Orleans. 

The purpose of the trip was to expose students to academic opportunities beyond Austin or Texas and to broaden their educational and life experiences.

The parents all saw the benefit in this experience. Rebecca Ray, the parent of two senior MECHS students, said that "Breon was hesitant and unsure about going to school out of state. But after the trip to LSU, he is now excited about the possibility of going to LSU and we are now planning a family trip to visit LSU in a few weeks. Breonna is also adding these out-of-state schools to her list of universities to apply to."

The students themselves had much to say about the experience as well. Jaylen, a senior at Manor New Tech noted "I felt that ‘college experience’ while I was on campus."

This sense of "college" is important to the students, many whom, like Jaritza, from MECHS, felt that "this trip made reality set in for me. Until now, the fact that I would be graduating in a year didn't hit me. Going out to look at schools, especially out of state, opened my eyes to what opportunities I had, regardless of where the school was or how much tuition there is. I was able to learn new things with my great group of friends and a great group of mentors. Thanks to them, I was able to experience this trip and have a blast." 

Jessica, another MECHS student, found value in both the educational and the cultural aspects of this road trip

“Going out of state gave us more options and allowed us to see them in person,” she said. “It made it easier for us to make a decision to consider out of state [schools]. It opened us up to the culture of Louisiana along with the education."

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