TRiO students share their college experience

TRiO students enjoying lunch at Metropolitan State

Metropolitan State’s TRiO STARTright learning community, made up of 25 college freshmen, started their academic journey at Metropolitan State in fall of 2014. Now that they successfully completed their first year of college, the students are sharing their experience with high school students. On Friday, April 3 the college freshmen met with our TRIO Upward Bound graduating high school seniors for a day of stories, advice and classroom experiences.

The TRiO Shadow Day provided an opportunity for high school seniors from Washington Technology Magnet School to be mentored by currently enrolled college freshmen. Both groups had an opportunity to discuss the transition from high school to college through a student panel and one-on-one dialogue. The high school seniors also spent time touring the campus, learning about admissions requirements and visiting a speech communication college course.

“My experience with the TRiO Upward Bound students was fun,” says Tou Yang, TRiO Support Services college freshman. “I find that it’s very important to have that one on one connection with the high school seniors to help them get familiar with the transition from high school to college.”

TRiO programs are federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education to improve college access and graduation rates for students coming from limited income backgrounds and are first in their families to earn a four-year college degree.

The TRiO community thanks Jessica Migler, Rony Aristil and Andrew Roberts of the Metropolitan State admissions office for the campus tour and presentation, as well as Rebecca Jurisz, Communications, Writing and Arts department, for inviting the high school students into her classroom.