Oliver Middle students taste the college experience at MTSU

Sixty-nine students from Oliver Middle School got a preview of college life at MTSU this week for intersession. They visited campus and learned all about the expectations, challenges and rewards involved in getting a college education. For five hours, the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students took a short tour and spoke with two MTSU undergrads about how to prepare for college, majors available to college students, challenges college students face, and fun things to do on campus.

Many of these students had never been on a college campus before.

“This will be an awesome experience for our students,” said teacher Darcia Deloach said prior to the trip. “They are very excited and we are very appreciative of MTSU working with us.”

The young students also saw a presentation in the 360 Aerospace lab, visited with Honors College faculty, ate lunch in the dining hall and visited the game room in the new, beautiful Student Union Building.

“MTSU is devoted to student success, and that include young students just beginning to think about college,” said Andrew Oppmann, associate vice president of Marketing and Communications at MTSU. “We are happy to do this for Oliver Middle School, and any other school that wants to give their students a taste of the college experience.”

MTSU has developed a partnership with Oliver Middle School during the last year to assist the school in enhancing the educational experience of their students. This partnership project is an outgrowth from a larger, strategic partnership between MTSU and the Tennessean.  Later this month, students from Oliver Middle School will be touring the Tennessean facility, meeting reporters and learning about the newspaper business.

Thanks for being such a great partner, MTSU!

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