Year after year, the Llano Grande college trip represents an opportunity for students to explore their future and become excited about what is possible. This year was no different as a group of Edcouch-Elsa High School juniors joined Llano Grande on a visit to universities around Texas.
Pete Martinez, J.R. Rocha and Rey Ruiz were immersed in the college experience as they spent several days this past January on campuses, spending the night in dorms and sitting in on college classes. The three Llano Grande students visited schools around the Central Texas area, including the University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA), Texas State University (TSU), the University of Texas (UT), Southwestern University, and St. Edward’s University.
The students were selected for the trip based on their interest in applying to college and the amount of preparation they’ve completed towards getting into college. The three juniors have already taken at least one of the standardized tests required as part of their application to college, and are already beginning to fill out entrance applications. Fundraising for the trip also began early in the year, with the students selling concessions at football games.
The Llano Grande Center has annually led a college visit with interested high school students as a way to expose them to the possibilities available to them after graduating from high school. One of Llano Grande’s founding philosophies is rooted in the college trip: that students should be encouraged to pursue dreams at the best universities in the country, and then bring their learning and experience back home.
Photos of the trip can be seen HERE: