Autumn is the perfect time to visit colleges; classes are in full swing, the leaves are changing, and every dining hall offers its own variation on apple pie. So far this year, North High GEAR UP students have toured Westfield State University, UMass Lowell, Fitchburg State University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
GEAR UP student Todi Akindude was thankful to be on the UMASS Lowell field trip. “I am really interested in the nursing program at UMASS Lowell and without GEAR UP I probably never would have made it to see the campus,” she said. “I love this campus and can’t wait to apply!”
Students went on campus tours and met with faculty from each school. They learned about unique aspects of each campus, from the Urban Education Institute at Westfield State to the robotics lab at WPI.
“The number one request from our students are always more college visits,” said Taryn Tomkins, who directs the GEAR UP Worcester Program, “our goal is to expose students to as many campuses as we can during their high school years so that they can truly compare and contrast campuses when trying to find the perfect fit for them.”