Last week, 21 of the girls in our Young Women in Leadership program piled on a charter bus (with 4 chaperones of course) heading to Kentucky and Tennessee for five college tours over two days. This trip was a great eye-opener for the girls, especially as some are seniors in high school and are in the midst of filling out college applications. After visiting the campuses, a couple of the seniors even decided to apply to one or two of the schools that they hadn’t planned on applying to beforehand! Check out what schools we visited below:
The first stop on our trip was the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Despite the rain, the girls were able to go on a walking tour of the campus led by two current students who touched on their experiences at the school. Afterwards, the girls attended a presentation on how to apply and scholarship information. Plus side – girls who reside in Marion County can get in-state tuition! We capped off this tour with lunch in one of the school’s food courts (a favorite among the group since there was Chick-fil-A).
From there, we went on over to Frankfort, Kentucky to visit Kentucky State University. With a little over 2,000 students enrolled, this was one of the smaller schools we visited, but has various activities students can participate in! While on our tour, we were able to see the women’s volleyball team and one dance team practice. Once this tour was over, we drove down to Nashville, Tennessee to go on three more college tour the next day!
On Tuesday morning we woke up bright and early to head to Fisk University located in downtown Nashville. Founded in 1866, Fisk University has a fascinating history. Fisk was even the first African-American institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1930. Our tour guides at Fisk were also current students and took us on a walking tour of the campus. During the tour we were able to go into Jubilee Hall, one of the campus’ most notable, and oldest, academic buildings.
The Tennessee State University tour followed shortly after. With notable alumni, such as Oprah Winfrey, and various majors to choose from, this school became an instant hit. The campus was bustling with students headed to and from class, and was decorated with balloons and streamers as it was the school’s homecoming week. The campus tour was also led by two current students who shared their experiences with the girls. Like at the University of Louisville, we were able to eat lunch in one of the school’s dining halls giving the girls the experience of what it would be like to attend the school.
Last but not least, we stopped by Vanderbilt University for a quick walking tour of the campus before heading back to Indy. While short, this tour was a great opportunity for the girls to see the campus (which is absolutely beautiful!) and learn a little more about the school’s history.
Thank you again to Delta Faucet for your support in making this trip a reality!