Written by Chris Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - On May 22, 23 and 24, more than 1,500 students in grades five through 12 gathered in the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center at Eastern Connecticut State University to participate in "College Knowledge Days." The students came from schools in Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Coventry, Danbury, East Hartford, Ellington, Enfield, Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, Union, Watertown, Wethersfield and Willimantic.
The visiting students participated in a number of lectures and group activities facilitated by Eastern staff. The presentation, "Preparing for the Future," instructed students on how to research and choose the college that is right for them. Other presentations included "Financing My Future," which focused on paying for a postsecondary education. Group discussions analyzed payment options such as federal student aid, grants, work-study and loans. Group activities such as "When I Grow Up," gave visiting students the opportunity to discuss what they wanted for a future career and the process that it takes to attain that career.
"College Knowledge Days are a great opportunity for students and educators to start the conversation about postsecondary options," said Eastern's assistant director of admissions Laquana Price, who coordinated the event. "The program allows students to start planning early for their future."