AMERICUS-SUMTER HIGH NORTH CAMPUS STUDENTS ENJOY FIRST COLLEGE BUS VISITATION
STUDENTS AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
AMERICUS-SUMTER HIGH NORTH CAMPUS STUDENTS ENJOY FIRST COLLEGE BUS VISITATION The 2012 Spring Break, for most students and educational leaders in Sumter County Schools, was a time for rest and renewal. For 31 students, 27 from Americus-Sumter High North Campus and 4 from the South Campus, and adult chaperones, the Spring Break was different. They boarded a Sumter County School bus for a tour of four scheduled universities in coastal and central Georgia. The travel, meals and overnight lodging cost each student $50. Meal accommodations and student ambassadors were provided for each campus.
This first time endeavor provided students with two days of on-site learning about the current and future plans of Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah State University, Georgia Southern University and Mercer University. “This trip shared abundant education and great experiences for these 31 students and chaperones who made the trip. My mission for our students was to show them that they have choices as they select a site for their next level of education,” said Ms. Stacy Mack, Principal of Americus-Sumter High North Campus.
“At each college, the student ambassadors were eager to provide as much information as time permitted. I think these ambassadors fed from the excitement of our students from Sumter County. I was impressed with the caliber of questions asked by our freshmen and sophomores, “said Mr. William Bell, School Improvement Specialist of Americus-Sumter High North Campus.
Kylon Harris, Raymond Toney, and Amber Marcus were students on the overnight trip. When asked by Ms. Mack about the experience, each had varied responses to their discoveries at the colleges. “The ID cards at these schools would allow me to access my mean plan, the dormitory doors, obtain cash from my personal student account, buy books and many more functions that were included in my initial tuition payment,” said Amber Marcus. “The security of this card impressed me, the ratio for students to teachers, on the college level, impressed me. The variety in the dorm living styles, suites, traditional room with kitchens, multi-students apartments and the different arrangements for co-ed living opened my eyes to the social awareness of these colleges,” said Kylon Harris. “I am into technology advancement. Each school we visited shared their progress and future plans for increased use of technology on today’s college campus. All were quite advanced,” stated Raymond Toney.
This initial visit to coastal and central Georgia schools of higher education provided students with great insights into their futures in education. “As we planned this first trip, we wanted to provide our students with additional information before they choose the next level of their education. We plan to make these college visitation trips each fall and spring breaks in the coming years,” said Ms. Mack.
Here, students gather in a park of Georgia Southern University.