P O W E L L, W y o. - Choosing a college could arguably be the most important decision a high schooler must make. With rising tuition, confusing financial aid options and mountains of college admissions information, it can also be the toughest decision to make. A visit to a college campus can help.
Preview Day '07 offers teenagers and their parents that opportunity on Friday, Feb. 16. Sponsored by Northwest College in Powell, Preview Day is designed to help high school juniors and seniors better understand what college life is like at Northwest. Interested high schoolers are encouraged to register by Friday, Feb. 9.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., Preview Day participants tour the campus and have opportunities to talk with college students about being away from home, living in a residence hall and functioning in a college community. A student panel will field questions and provide a forum for high school students to talk candidly with other young adults about common issues, whether it's academic expectations or social concerns.
Parents and prospective students meet in separate rooms to encourage discussions that deal directly with the different interests of each audience.
The day also gives students a chance to become acquainted with faculty, who will discuss collegiate academic expectations in their specific disciplines. Many also conduct demonstrations drawn from their academic programs.
This year, a scavenger hunt is planned to help prospective students find and gain a little familiarity with the numerous student support services provided on a typical college campus. Individuals who complete the scavenger hunt will have their names entered in a drawing for two iPod shuffles.
Participants will have opportunities to learn about NWC's many student activities and sports opportunities, view a screenwriting demonstration, and even take the Potato Gun Challenge to win gift certificates to the NWC Bookstore.
NWC personnel will be available in the afternoon to respond to general inquiries, as well as those specific to Northwest regarding financial aid, scholarships, housing, student activities, career information and others.
After dinner in the college dining hall and a drawing for the iPod shuffles, participants are invited to stay on campus for a Trapper basketball game. Preview Day participants are admitted free to the 7 p.m. match-up against Laramie County Community College.
Preview Day '07 is free to prospective students and their families. Parents and family members who stay for dinner will be charged $5 apiece. Those sending in registrations by Friday, Feb. 9, will receive an advance packet of information to help them prepare for the day.
To register, or for more information, call the Northwest College Admissions Office, (307) 754-6101, or toll-free, (800) 560-4692.