For my spring break, I had the privilege to go on the Missouri 2010 College Tour. The tour was from March 22 to March 23, and we visited TrumanCollege, University of Missouri-Kansas City, ColumbiaCollege, and CentralMissouriStateUniversity. Our tour group was a mixture of different races for example; African Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics. The students came from local school districts such as Hazelwood, Ferguson-Florissant, Ritenour, Riverview, and a few others. It was nice to socialize with people from different schools, let alone races.
The first college we toured was TrumanUniversity. The students talked to us about everyday life to how to make college easier. I learned that Truman’s student/faculty ratio is 16:1 which allows students to get some one on one time with the teacher. Also Truman provides internships to students; this offers premier professional experiences and a valuable preparation for the work place, the graduate, and the professional school. The tuition cost for in-state residents is $6,458.00, which is reasonable.
The second College we visited was ColumbiaCollege. I really didn’t care for this college too much, but I still gathered the information. Columbia has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, this is better than Truman’s. Every class has no more than 35 students, which is grand because you learn more with less people. Columbia also provides academic advisors; they assist the student with selecting the appropriate choice that best fits their degree. Their tuition cost is $15,596.00 which is kind of pricey.
The third college we visited was University of Missouri-Kansas City. I absolutely love this college! Our tour guides broke everything down to us. They explained that college is not that far way and we should start planning now. Things we can do to prepare for college are applying for scholarships, practicing and taking the ACT test, and thinking about what we would major in. UMKC’s student/faculty ratio is 12:1, wow! Things that interested me the most were they have 8 sororities, 9 fraternities, and over 300 student clubs. If I was to go there I would definitely join the cheerleading squad, The African American Student Union, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Law Federalist Society, and the Dance Team. The students encouraged us to join clubs because you meet a lot of people and it makes college easier.
The last college we visited was CentralMissouriStateUniversity. They have 150 different academic programs and 200 student organizations. Also CMSU has a 100% job placement rate. Their tuition is $5,859.00.
I learned so much from the college tour. College is slowly approaching and I have to be prepared when it comes knocking. I can tell this experience has changed me because now I’m taking school more seriously. An example of this is me applying for scholarships now so I can get in a gifted school. In college I want to major in Pre-Law or Marine Biology. Both of those will require more than four years of college. So the college I choose will have to be the best one for me. This is the best trip I have ever taken, and I will never forget it.
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