Opinion: College Access Now Goes to Western

A Highline High School student wrote the following article. The views expressed here do not reflect the views of Highline Public Schools or Highline High School. 

Opinion: College Access Now Goes to Western
Andrea Talamantes

On April 18th College Access Now (CAN) took fifteen students from Highline High School to visit Western Washington University. I was one of the lucky students who turned in their permission slip on time before the spots were quickly claimed. The day of the field trip we all met up in the CAN office before we headed out to wait for the CAN van that was going to take us all the way to Bellingham.

We left Highline at 8am and arrived at Western at around 10:15. Once we all walked onto the campus we met up with our tour guides who quickly began the campus tour. They talked about the buildings surrounding us, the sculptures that were all across campus, and the history of the school. At one point we all stopped at Red Square to talk about the education building which was what I was looking forward to and it did make me think about actually coming here.

After the tour was over we were directed to a classroom in which one of the admissions counselors told us more about the logistics of the school, as well as answering our questions about the SATs and ACTs, class sizes and even parties. I could tell that a lot of people were interested in Western because there were a lot of people asking questions. Usually when I have visited other schools like Washington State and Whitworth people didn’t really ask any questions including myself.

Once the quick meeting with the admissions counselor was over we headed out to one of the dining halls for lunch where some of the seniors from last year came and had lunch with us. They did give the few of us that were sitting with them advice on how to maintain your grades and told us the truth about life after high school. Almost all of them mentioned the lack of diversity the school has and how hard it has been to adapt after going to such a diverse high school. It was very noticeable throughout the campus tour that the majority of the students were white, which made me think twice about the school. After lunch was over we headed out and started making our way back to Highline.

Overall, the trip was a success because it really made me think about what I want in a school. I truly did like the campus and what they offer as a school. Visiting Western Washington University made me bump it up to my top second choice for college. College trips like these are very important and I am glad I had the opportunity to be one of the lucky few that got to go on this college visit.