On Monday, November 7th, 63 El Rancho High School students and 11 parents participated in a day-long adventure to UC Santa Barbara for a college campus tour, sponsored by Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera. The day started with a walking tour of the campus where students and parents got to see campus life while building up an appetite for lunch. Boxed lunches were enjoyed by the campus’ beautiful lagoon, followed by a presentation on college admissions. After a short break, parents and students parted ways to attend presentations created specifically for each group. ERHS students sat in with a student panel made up of ERHS alum now attending UCSB. The UCSB student panel shared highlights and stories on their experience, and ERHS students had an opportunity to ask their most pressing questions.
Before the campus tour, parents who attended expressed interest in learning about campus life, safety, and tuition costs, and also expressed concerns about how their child would do on their own. G1DPR worked with UCSB to create a special workshop for ERHS parents that addressed these topics. It was an opportunity to remove any worry from their minds by asking UCSB staff about any questions or concerns. We were able to interview a few parents after the tour, and here is what they had to say:
How has this tour changed the way you think or feel about your child going away to college?
It has changed my mind. I see the ability to see her on her own. She seems to adapt very well.
Learning the services that UCSB offers gave me much peace because the focus of the staff is not only to educate, but also to enforce the health and safety of the students.
Positively, it was a very good experience. They are going to mature more and they will learn how to make decisions for themselves; and know that if they work hard they will achieve what they want.
Now that you’ve completed the tour, do you feel more comfortable sending you child away to college, and if so, tell us why? For example, are your fears gone?
I am very comfortable. Seeing her adapt today gives me security.
When my son told me he wanted to attend a University far from home, I did not like the idea at all. But now that I know the services, which are more accessible than I thought, I am not hesitant for him to go to college.
Yes, because we received so much information on all the programs and the help is available for them. We also learned how they can be involved in many activities, and that there are opportunities to work at the university.
Would you recommend other parents to attend college campus tours with their child, and if yes, please explain why?
Yes. This allows parents to see the lifestyle in a different way.
Yes, as a parent, one also has questions. It is especially good to know the university that your son will be attending.
It is highly recommendable, since it gives us an idea as to what our children experience so we can understand it more and give them our support.
We want to thank UC Santa Barbara for being wonderful hosts to our El Ranch families.