College trip opens opportunities to explore options

By Danica Rivera

Granada Hills Charter’s (GHC) College and Career office provides GHC students with an abundance of opportunities to explore and grasp their futures’ potential. An opportunity to explore college campuses through registered field trips is a specialty that the College and Career Office arranges for GHC students.

Using SCOIR, an online platform that expands students’ knowledge on college and career planning, GHC students are able to register for field trips to colleges that are listed on the website. Having the ability to go to a college in-person with just a click of a button is beneficial and insightful to high school students, especially for those who are unsure of what to do after graduation and what to do in their future overall.

Along with touring the colleges’ campuses during the trip, additional services like college admission presentations, opportunities to talk to industry professionals, and participative interactive panels, workshops, and booths are also offered during students’ visits.

“[College field trips] can serve as motivation for students, help students visualize themselves in college, and get students thinking about what factors may be important for them in the college selection process,” College and Career counselor Linda Kang said.

The College and Career Office sends its newsletters to GHC students’ emails, where students are given easy access to field trip opportunities, interest forms, and information on when sign-ups for field trips go live on SCOIR.

Junior Kayla Diamond had the opportunity to go on one of these field trips last month where she and many other students visited the University of Southern California (USC). She registered for that trip through the newsletters sent by the College and Career office and signed up as soon as possible since the chance to go on these trips are organized on a first-come, first-served based system.

“The trip made me really grateful that GHC has so many opportunities that allow students to explore their interests and careers. It makes me feel more secure and confident knowing that I have a lot of chances to figure out what I want to do in the future,” Diamond said.

The College and Career Office will be hosting another field trip for ExploreTech LA, which will be organized at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Students who have already signed up will attend on April 21.

More information regarding trips like those mentioned can be found through the College and Career Office newsletters and SCOIR. Students can also stop by the College and Career Office to speak to a counselor.

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper