School is out for the summer and while most students are enjoying their freedom, some in Mississippi are preparing for college. MPB's Jasmine Ellis reports.
High school students in Mississippi have another resource to help them prepare for higher education. The program Get 2 College is hosting free Camp College summer camps for students on the Gulf Coast, in North Mississippi, and in the Jackson area beginning mid-June. Daniela Griffin is the assistant director and college counselor of the Jackson Get 2 College Center.
"A lot of the students who come to our camp they've either never engaged with other students from different schools or have been on college tours or actually know about financial aid, how much it costs to go to these schools... the whole process period," said Griffin.
In order to be eligible, participants have to quality for a free or reduced lunch, be a first generation college student, or a minority student.
Twenty year old Meghan Nguyen of Ocean Springs says participating in Camp College when she was in high school prepared her for success. Nguyen will be studying chemical engineering in the fall at Mississippi State University.
"It definitely made a huge impact on me," said Nguyen. "They definitely opened doors for me. And kind of made me more aware of what to expect, how to approach situations, and how my ACTs, and resume and all of that encompasses into one big bowl."
More information about the camps can be found at get2college.org.