Ever wondered what Harvard University is really like? Interested in a tour to the Ivy League Universities? Well HL is throwing a tour together to visit all eight of them this summer and you DON'T have to be an HL staff member to join in! Check below for more info...
when I first made the suggestion. "Why just an Ivy Tour? Why not
an HBCU tour? What's with the focus on Ivy League schools?" is
the feedback I received. After initially introducing the idea of embarking
on an all-Ivy League school tour, I received apprehensive responses
from the staff of HL. Barely anyone wanted to go. I was perplexed. No,
I don't place Ivy League schools on some abnormal stratosphere of education...(gimme'
a break...) but if these are supposed to be some of the best educational
facilities in the country...why not take advantage of the opportunity
to go and visit? An HBCU (Historically Black College or University)
tour would be fine, but what would be so different? HBCU tours are virtually
a dime a dozen. It's not every day you hear of an Ivy Tour...especially
in communities of color. Still, I received hesitation.
"Come on, Danya. Get real. Who wants to go to Harvard [in this community]? No one." he said. "He" was a seemingly intelligent young white boy with a privileged upbringing; he apparently had no concept of what he was saying. He was actually serious. It was sad. I looked at him for a moment and motioned to reply.
been exposed to Harvard?" I retorted gently. He silenced.
We looked at each other. I continued, "No one. Or if anyone, barely."
He got my point. He nodded his head. "You're right...kids should
go on that tour."
So it was then that I suddenly realized
the task at hand. Kids weren't apprehensive of Harvard or Yale because
they'd BEEN there and they KNEW what these schools were like. They were
just plain 'ole scared. Intimidated. Miscalculated on the chances of
them getting into a school like Columbia or Cornell. Yes, it's difficult.
Yes, it's selective. But no, it's not impossible. That's what this tour
is out to prove.
Interested in the tour?
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