By Raylyn Bowers
Amarillo College students are being given the opportunity to visit campuses and speak with advisers and professors at four-year universities. These trips give them a chance to learn their way around campus and make connections before they transfer.
Angie Alvarez is the adviser for math, science, engineering and pre-professional programs. She has planned and executed field trips to West Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University for students in her department.
On Oct. 11, a group of engineering and computer science majors attended a summit at WT.
“I wanted to recognize the students who showed up and went on these trips,” Alvarez said. “I also want to increase awareness of these trips.”
A group of pre-pharmacy students took a tour of the pharmacy school at WT Oct. 25. The pre-pharmacy majors were given the chance to talk to advisers and learn ways to better their chances of being accepted into the pharmacy program.
“It was insightful to talk with a professor and an actual student,” said Christopher Gallegos, an engineering major. “We got to hear both perspectives of what they expect and also how it is to try and meet those expectations.”
Gallegos added the facility was very nice and filled with modern classrooms and labs, making the experience a rewarding one.
Alvarez said she wants more students to become involved in these trips. She said students make good connections with future professors and advisers while gaining information about the university.
Students have a great time on these trips, Alvarez said, and become more comfortable with the idea of going to a four-year university. She said students are not just touring resident’s halls or taking the standard walking tour; they are actually touring in their major-specific department.
“Angie’s been helping a lot,” said Christelle Nokam, a pre-pharmacy major. “We took a trip to Texas Tech with the pre-pharmacy majors and they answered all of our questions. It was great.”
Alvarez said she is planning a future trip to Texas Tech for students studying to become physician’s assistants.
“Texas Tech always rolls out the red carpet for Amarillo College.” Alvarez said.
For information on how to get involved, students can contact Alvarez at 371-5444.