recent years there has been an explosion of college programs
geared towards familiarizing high school students with
the dynamics of college. The rapid increase of such institutions
reflects our nation’s rising standard of education.
College is more or less a necessity in this day and age.
It is an option that everybody deserves to have. Programs
designed to spark students’ interests in continuing
education are popping up everywhere. Whether costly or
free, colleges like to create programs of this nature
to help students gain a better understanding of college.
One such program directing young people towards a higher
education exists at Long Island University (LIU). LIU’s
college immersion program makes “students feel a
lot more comfortable about college because they have been
in a college setting, they have met college professors,
sometimes they are in situations with college students
and so it’s not so scary,” said the director
of LIU’s Bridge Programs Susana Yurick.
LIU’s Brooklyn Campus has four programs for high
school students. The BASIS Program is
a summer program for students between their junior and
senior years. The Health Professions Project,
is a series of hands-on seminars during the fall, where
students are introduced to the Allied Health professions,
such as Occupational, Physical, and Respiratory Training.
The College Project, a series of interactive
seminars, grants exceptional high school students the
opportunity to explore a broad range of academic disciplines.
The Senior Bridge Program allows outstanding
high school seniors to take up to two tuition-free college
courses at LIU’s Brooklyn Campus.
Now that you are familiar with the programs, you may be
wondering how they are funded. Many colleges and universities
receive grants from the government to run these types
of programs. “A university sees its mission as educating
people. Some people get grant money to do it, and there
is a lot of grand money out there, but sometimes they
just do it with their own resources because they believe
that people should be educated,” Yurick said.
College immersion programs for high school students are
truly win-win situations. The colleges get free publicity
and the students are given the opportunity to participate
in an empowering program. Julius Richmond, an international
School student, took part in the BASIS Program. “It
was a good experience, especially the poetry class and
that really helped me in high school, ‘cause we
had to write poems. I feel that I was ahead of people
‘cause they take it to a different level like analyzing
literature and it is a little different,” he said
said. Programs formulated to expose young people towards
all the advantages of a higher education are necessary
and a great advantage towards students. Seventeen year-old
Miriam Andino, who was involved in The College Project
enjoyed the seminars in the Program and recommends other
students to join the program “I would tell the students
that it would be a good experience for them, that it will
be a different perspective in their own eyes when they
go to the program,” said Andino..