LAURINBURG — About 34 students, aged 12-17, didn’t have to worry about paying a college tuition this week during their stay at St. Andrews University.
Teens from North Carolina, Connecticut, Virginia, Georgia, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, to name a few, participated in the Summer at St. Andrews Academic Camp to explore degree options and opportunities before delving into the world of college applications, tuition and scholarships.
“This program will help prepare them for what they might need to get into college,” said Alex Hatch, program director.
Mika McAnally, an upcoming freshman of Columbia, S.C. who hopes to become a veterinarian, especially enjoyed the task of brushing a horse’s teeth, which proved to be more tedious than one would guess.
“I love animals,” she said. “I was thinking this program would be more about lectures but its been very hands-on. There’s so much to take away from this experience.”
Steve Lambert, assistant director of admissions at St. Andrews University, and Jameson Crandall, admissions counselor, gathered the students in a classroom and handed out packets with an application to the university along with brochures and information about colleges.
“I don’t expect you to remember everything we say since you’ve been on a college campus for almost a week,” said Lambert, “but I at least want you to have a better idea of what it’s like applying for college.”
Lambert and Crandall stressed how important it is to visit different colleges — big and small — to get a better idea of what campus environment they’d feel more comfortable living and learning in. The St. Andrews admissions duo answered questions the students had about filling out college applications, sending transcripts and test scores, transferring credits and paying out-of-state tuition.
The Summer at St. Andrews Academic Camp offers students three consecutive sessions. The first session of the camp began July 13 and will end Saturday. The second session will be held July 20-26, and the third is set for July 27-Aug. 2.
Students participate in a variety of hands-on projects like solving a fake crime scene, dissecting pigs and painting a wall on the side of a campus bridge. At night students are given full run of the campus recreational facilities, as well as opportunities to socialize.
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