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High school students see UH for a 'Day'

By Crystal J. Doucette
Daily Cougar Staff

Lions and Cougars roamed the University of Houston main campus hand-in-hand Friday for the first "Day in the Life" program, sponsored by Mu Delta, the African-American Pre-Health Association.

The program invited juniors and seniors from Jack Yates High School to shadow UH students for a day. Each student is in the top 10 percent of his or her class at Yates.

"We initially came up with the idea before the (spring) semester started," Mu Delta President George Williams said.

The Yates students attended class with, or talked to, UH student volunteers about college life from 9 to 11 a.m.

"We tried to go through other organizations for volunteers," Williams said. "That way, we'd cover more areas than just math and science."

Yates junior Joseph Palmore said he appreciated the chance to talk to university students one-on-one and to learn more about what college life is all about.

"Usually we have our parents, but in college our parents are not going to be there," Palmore said. "You've got to learn how to discipline yourself."

During lunch in the University Center Underground's Mediterranean Room, each "shadow" was presented with a bag filled with information on UH and applications for admission and financial aid. Along with their free pizza, punch and cake, the college-students-in-training were given practical information on various aspects of the college experience.

Charles Wilson of the Office of Admissions spoke on the process of applying to UH and passed out red-and-white ball-point pens emblazoned with the admissions office's phone number. He urged the students to turn in their information as quickly as possible.

"Each and every one of you need to be in a college," Wilson said.

John Matthews told the students about the Program of Mastery of Engineering Studies, which gives high school students the opportunity to live on campus and get an introduction to engineering for three weeks during the summer.

In addition, Ernestina Morales of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid went over this year's financial aid forms and informed the students about Internet-based scholarship searches.

The 20 Yates students who attended said they were glad they did.

"I got a lot of information about college that I didn't even know about," said Marvis Mitchell, a Yates junior.

Mu Delta plans to repeat the program next year, and in time would like to expand it to include other Houston-area high schools with large minority enrollments.

This year's program was funded by Mu Delta with assistance from an anonymous benefactor.
 

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