LeFlore GEAR UP Students Explore Texas Tech University

LeFlore ninth and 10th grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of TT (Texas Tech University) in Lubbock, Texas. Nejahla Hopkins, a current public relations student, connected with the students via Zoom, a virtual meeting platform, where she took the students on a virtual walking tour of the campus.   The tour began at West Hall, home to the Visitors Center, Office of Admissions, and Student Financial Center. The Broadway Entry Gates, fountains, and Seal mark the main entrance to campus. The next stop on the tour is one of the most well-known landmarks on campus, the statue of Will Rogers and his horse Soapsuds. TT tradition and legends surround the statue. Hopkins guided the students through Holland Hall, the Arts and Sciences building, Talkington Hall, the coed, suite-style residence hall, and the Student Union Building, known for a place for relaxation and social interaction. Hopkins discussed with students when to start applying for college admissions. Hopkins also vocalized how important it is to start taking the ACT test and not wait until the last semester before graduating high school because the scholarship opportunities are slim. Hopkins offered a question and answer session at the end of the tour. Hopkins answered several questions about the cost of tuition per semester, popular degree programs, and athletics. The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant in 2017, and will serve more than 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.

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