Andrew Treske, the Elkin High School college advisor, has been busy taking students to tour college campuses. Students have had the opportunity to visit seven different colleges on four different college trips this year alone.
Treske explained it is a great way for students to figure out what college they would prefer to go to in the future. The number of students who go on these tours varies from 20 to 40 students per trip, but the number of students attending depends on how many buses are available on that day.
Treske has taken students to UNC Charlotte, Davidson, Appalachian State, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, UNC-Greensboro, and Guilford College so far this year. One of the longest college trips students take is the UNC Chapel Hill and NC State visit. Students leave Elkin at 7 a.m. and return by 7 p.m. Their schedule includes tours, a presentation in the admissions office, lunch, and the bus ride to and from the colleges.
The UNC-Chapel Hill program, which sponsors Treske, covers the cost of almost everything, such as the buses and chaperones. Students need only pay for lunch, which is usually eaten in a college cafeteria.
Students learn many things while touring these campuses such as the requirements to go to the college, but they learn much more than that. Treske explained, “The most important thing they will learn from these trips is the feel of the colleges.” Students can then see which colleges will suit their tastes and goals.
As Treske said, “It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for college.” He invites any student or parent with questions about college to contact him at Elkin High School, 336-835-3858.
Lauren and Krista Bryant are members of the Elkin High School Journalism Club.