GEAR UP helped sophomore students start spring break off with a bang by getting a taste of college life at Eastern Washington University! Thirty sophomore students along with 5 GEAR UP staff went to Eastern Washington University on March 31, 2016 to tour the college campus and see what Eastern had to offer. By using the Interest Survey results we were able to focus on the students who said they would be interested in Eastern as a college option. GEAR UP called in students to meet one on one to make sure that these students were not only still interested, but that they met the grade and GPA requirements GEAR UP holds for field trip oppurtunities.

We met bright and early at 6:30 AM to make the two and a half hour trip to EWU’s campus. We quickly started our tour upon arriving! The students were able to see the Library where resources, such as student tutoring and study spaces, were provided. We were shown campus dorms and the recreation center where students could participate in a variety of activities from ice skating, to rock climbing, to checking out camping equipment for a weekend getaway! The tour also led us to the Pence Union Building, known by students as the PUB. The front of this building had a fresh fruit stand for students to encourage healthy snacking, as well as other eateries and the student bookstore. Student led campus events to bring students together for some fun could be found in the PUB’s media room!

After the tour we met with an admissions specialist to learn more about the admissions process. He shared the ins and outs of Eastern Washington and talked about tuition and affordability. He addressed the importance of the best fit for college and had our Southridge students fill out a worksheet that helped give them an idea of what they are looking for and hold as a priority in a college.

Before making our way back to Southridge, we had lunch at the PUB and doubled up on dessert! The students were able to see what the environment was like on campus and get questions answered about attending Eastern. Our students enjoyed the experience and the trip sparked an interest in many to visit other college campuses and find their best college fit!