The School district of Palm Beach County develops a college trip throughout the Florida state’s universities just for the ESL students that demonstrate distinctive grades and conduct, and I was fortunate to be in this marvelous trip. Its purpose is to animate all those good-grades students to be involved in a university, and to realize that the American dream can start with the great-college life.
The trip was three days, two nights long; but it appeared much longer because of the numerous activities that the organizers had planned for us. I traveled in a bus with other 100 students from the Palm Beach County’s High Schools. The experience was great because all of us were juniors. Within the group there was a culture encounter: students from America, Asia, Europe, etc.
It started on March 26th of 2009. In the morning we went to the Florida Gulf Coast University at Fort Myers; it was a brand-new looking university, and the most interesting was that the University had alligators in-campus! We used to eat in the cafeterias of the Universities, where they usually had appetizing food. The FGCU’s guide tour told me something that fascinated me: she actually got paid for going to college with just scholarships; the tour guides used explained the requisites, the tuition, and the reason why you should be part of their University. After that, we went to the University of South Florida in Tampa, which was comprehensive. Then, we traveled to Orlando, and slept there in a comfortable hotel. In order to increase the coexistence within the multicultural group, we were assigned to share the hotel room with other two kids from different schools, and there is when I met a great friend- Deysi Mendez.
March 27th was such a fabulous day. I felt in love at first sight when I looked through the window and perceive the magnitude of the University of Florida. The UF was the greatest university. I loved the environment, the faÃ§ade, the university’s facilities, the stadium, and moreover, they have a great program for my major: pre-med.
In the afternoon, we moved to Tallahassee, Florida’s capital; and there we went to The Florida State University. It was beauteous, but we couldn’t complete the tour because of a storm. We left the bus just to behold the Seminole’s stadium.
Since we were in Tallahassee, we visited the capitol. We had a conference with one of the senators who deals with educational issues; it was interesting to be informed about the new projects they have, and the petitions and comments we made about our concerns were considered.
This second day was exhaustive. Nevertheless, to conclude it, we had a great dinner at Cracker Barrel. After that, with our stomachs and hearts happy, we traveled to Orlando, where we slept our last night of the trip.
The next morning of March 28th, we went to the University of Central Florida. Its faÃ§ade was very modern, and the facilities were quite comfortable. Afterwards, we traveled to the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton four our last college tour. And in our way back home we were sort of sad because the trip was so much fun that we wanted it to be endless.
Besides two good friends, this adventure left me quite memorable experiences and information. But the most important it’s that I acquired the desire to study even farther than the four year college; and the cultural experience mesmerized me. It was just not for me but for every student that participated in the college trip.
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