Seniors capitalize on PSAT day with UGA tour

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Anabel Prince

The seniors en route to lunch at The East Campus dining hall.

Anabel Prince, Copy Editor

On Wednesday, October 14, a group of 49 seniors attended a tour at The University of Georgia organized by NC.

The trip fell on the day of the PSAT and the ADAP, more commonly known as the “unofficial senior skip day” due to the school not requiring seniors to take any form of test.

“We wanted to give the seniors an opportunity to do something productive on the day that everyone else is taking the PSAT or the ADAP,” said AP US Government Scott Trepanier, who helped to facilitate the trip. “We knew seniors weren’t gonna show up Wednesday and as a result we made this for them.” This plan ultimately worked, as the trip filled up fairly quickly.

The seniors heading to the Tate Student Center, a common study spot for UGA students.
Anabel Prince
The seniors heading to the Tate Student Center, a common study spot for UGA students.

In their time on campus, the seniors had the chance to observe an information session, attend by a campus tour, and enjoy a dining hall lunch.

The information session ranged from basic facts about the university to statistics on what it takes to receive acceptance. UGA typically admits 50% of applicants, expecting their average freshman to sport a 3.91 GPA, a 27-31 ACT/ 1810 – 2060 SAT score, and 4-9 AP classes under their belt.

“I think [the information session] was pretty useful, but a lot of the information I could have gotten online or in the mail… What I actually found most helpful was seeing the classrooms and talking with a current student,” senior Sara Moeller said.

After the session, the seniors attended a campus tour led by a student at the university. Walking around North and Central campus, viewed The Miller Learning Center, The Tate Student Center, and the building of Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“I enjoyed the trip but I wish it was less vague because we only got to see a couple buildings here and there… I wanted to be able to see the dorms. I know we weren’t gonna be able to go inside, but to see just the outside would have been nice,” said senior Nneoma Igwedibie. “Also I wish we could have gotten to sit inside an actual college class. I know it would have been disruptive, but just to see what it’s like would have been nice.”

While some may argue that the seniors visiting a college this late into their high school careers seems irrelevant, the visit held its benefits.

“It was useful for them to go as they got to hear information from the admissions office that they need to know about what the requirements are,” said Trepanier. “Now they’ve got an idea of what it’s gonna take to get to Georgia. The students who went may not initially get in, but they can transfer in and have an idea of what they need to do.”