Red Cloud juniors and seniors exposed to various universities

Trip is an opportunity for upperclassmen to experience college life

posted on October 27, 2011

During the 2011 fall semester juniors and seniors took part in visits to different Midwest colleges of interest to students. The trips are coordinated between Red Cloud Indian School and college admissions offices.

“I am learning a lot about financial aid and college life,” states Senior Oscar Swallow. “My future plans are to go to college and major in the medical field but I am not sure where as of yet.”

The upperclassmen visited Northern State University and Presentation College in South Dakota, Creighton University in Nebraska, and Colorado State University, Colorado University-Boulder, Ft. Lewis College and Regis University in Colorado. The purpose of the college trips is to expose the students to the atmosphere and let them experience those that interest them. The experience gives them the opportunity to learn more about each college, and apply for admission, scholarships and financial aid.

Tiarra Little, senior, who attended the Native American Fly-In Program at Dartmouth College, says the trip “was especially helpful in figuring out what I’m looking for in a college. [I would like to attend] Stanford University or Dartmouth College. I have always had an interest in sports medicine, but after my trip overseas, I also gained an interest in anthropology.”

Students that attended these trips include: Juniors Sierra Concha, Amanda Standing Bear, Shane Starr, and January Tobacco and Seniors Falcon Albers, Brenna Banks, Casina Catches, Jessica Clifford, Renae Cournoyer, Marcus Fast Wolf, Sam Hare, Cherella Hughes, Lyle Jacobs, James Knutson, Talia Lawrence, Bryce Leftwich, Tiarra Little, Tayler Morgan, Marisa Sneider, Denni Steele, Oscar Swallow, Dallas Tobacoo, Ernest Weston, Mariah Weston, and Sierra Yellowboy.

“[The trips] have all been successful,” says Liz Welch, who coordinates the trips. “Students are requesting more visits in the upcoming weekends."

Juniors and seniors are eligible to attend the trips. Furture trips include, South Dakota State University, Black Hills State University, Chadron State College, Western Dakota Tech and University of South Dakota.