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College Tours = Gamechangers!

Academia Avance and in-person graduation 2021 caps and gowns

Seeing a college with your own eyes can dramatically impact every high school student. It becomes so much more real, attainable and desirable when you walk the campus and see the buildings, open spaces, diverse student life and activities  --  first hand. Recently, Avance took close to 50 seniors on a tour of several college campuses to see, walk and experience them as well as to engage with Avance alumni who attend and to meet some college leaders. Next up our juniors and younger grades -- starting with our sixth graders -  will have a chance to get out and see colleges, too. College can happen for everyone!  

Here’s where our Avance students visited or will visit: 

12th grade - Bay Area (CalPoly SLO, UCSC, SJSU, Stanford, CSU-EB, CMA, UoP, UC Merced) - 3 days

11th grade - Bay Area (CalPoly SLO, UCSC, SJSU, Stanford, CSU-EB, CMA, UoP, UC Merced) - 3 days

10th grade - Day 1: Whittier, CSU Fullerton (CalPoly Pomona), Day 2 - UC Riverside, Redlands

9th grade - Day 1: UCSD, Aquarium, Day 2: SDSU, USD

8th grade - Day 1: UCLA, Getty, Day 2: USC, Science Center

6th and 7th grade - Day 1: CSUN, Woodbury, Day 2: Santa Barbara & Channel Islands

Let’s hear from our seniors who visited in September -- what they saw, felt and learned first-hand: 

 Which college campus did you like and why? 

“I really liked UC Santa Cruz because the campus was really quiet and peaceful. “

“ SJSU and the statue showing black power.”

“SJSU - The campus was very lively, colorful, and had a good balance between buildings and vegetation.”

“University of the Pacific, it was a big old school house”

“CSU Maritime.  I liked everything about that college. I liked that it is next to the sea.”

What did you learn about student life at college? 

“Something I learned about the student college life was that a lot of them actually really liked the school because of the diversity of students.”

“I learned that college student life varies based on the college you went to, how many classes you're taking, etc. A multitude of factors play into a college student's life, but all of them consist of going to lectures.”

“I learned that college student life is very supported, for instance, financial aid is one way students get help.”

“Some days it can be stressful and others it's a breeze.”

What did you not know about college that you saw first-hand?

“That not all college campus layouts are the same. Some of them are small and others may be larger.”

“I didn’t know they didn’t have dorms till we toured around. Some colleges are commuter-based, and students do not live on campus.” 

“I did not know some colleges offer students a chance to work and go to school  in other countries.”

“I learned that colleges have gyms and other stuff.”

“Something I didn’t know about college that I saw first-hand was that there are certain hours that a majority of students take their classes which causes a rush and it’s usually during the afternoon. This solidified for me that when I go to college I’ll be taking morning classes.”

Academia Avance and cap and gown from 2021

Of the schools we visited, which would you choose and why? 

“I would choose UC Santa Cruz to go to because I loved the vibes and the arts looked cool there.”

“Out of the schools we saw, my favorite was San Jose State University. I would go to this school because I felt like the environment fit me as a person and what I realized I wanted in college. They’re a school that’s big on social justice which is something I’m passionate about so it would be nice to attend a school that educates on these topics. I also really appreciated the diversity I saw on campus and that the campus wasn’t such a big one.”

“The one that I would choose is Merced because there will be familiar faces there and because it is a newer campus in the middle of nowhere.”

“University of the Pacific because I like the attention they put on us and they make you feel like you are not going to be alone in college.” 

Avance Cares About Every Student’s Future

Students who are brand new to Avance and students who have been with us for seven years all get to visit college campuses with us. We get our students out to see these schools first hand and help ignite their lenses for what type of learning environment they want next. 

By sharing time with Avance alumni, plus school leaders like the President of the University of the Pacific and Chancellor of UC Merced, our Avance students can feel how important their futures are. The new VP of Diversity / Inclusion will help with our October trip for our juniors, too. Our seniors came back from the three-day September trip and got to immediately start applying what they learned and saw -- to how they will finish strong this year. Avance es mi coach! 

We will never stop doing everything for our students and Avance families.  Stay healthy! Keep learning! If you’re not part of the Avance academic family yet -- join us. We are still able to enroll your students.

About Academia Avance 

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