By Sofia Reyes
During fifth period on Monday, Oct. 17, an admissions counselor from the University of California, Santa Barbara visited Bonita Vista High School students in the counseling center. The event, along with other college visits, are put together by counselor Lorena Lucero and are meant to make students aware of what colleges have to offer.
“I get an enormous amount of requests from colleges. So far this school year, we’ve had five and we have four more scheduled as of now. Having students hear the information from an actual UC advisor is definitely beneficial. It helps students see [college] as a more serious achievable goal,” Lucero said.
The UCSB admissions counselor conducting the presentation was Kathleen Vu, who attended the college to earn a degree in sociology and minor in Asian studies. Vu pointed out to the seniors at the presentation that UC applications are due on Nov. 3 and advised them to have taken the SAT or ACT. Additionally, Vu informed them of the minimum 3.0 grade point average required for instate students who want to apply to UCSB.
“UCSB is a campus that sits on 1000 acres of beachfront land and is world-renowned as a tier one research institution, which is a huge part of campus life whether it be for sciences, humanities or performing arts. The school is really ideal for students who want to gain hands-on experience through internships and activity,” Vu said.
UCSB is ranked number eight out of all public schools in the United States for academics. However, opportunities provided by UCSB for students to be part of outside of the classroom setting are the most beneficial to incoming freshmen.
“We want students to build their sense of community while they are here and provide many opportunities such as additional programs like the Education Abroad, Pre-professional and Technology management programs. These complement student majors and provide access to internships, world cultures and hands-on interaction with the community,” Vu said.
After the UCSB presentation, senior Matthew Borja felt his questions had been answered and was well informed about the college. Borja was specifically benefited by the information that Vu covered about the personal insight questions required for UC applicants.
“I went to the UCSB visit because I wanted to gain a better understanding of potential schools I could attend and what my life would be like if I were accepted. I feel like I gained a better understanding about what college I should apply to and I liked to hear that the campus was overall really nice both education wise and people wise,” Borja said.
To Lucero, students like Borja who are initially a little unsure of what they’re thinking of doing or what they are looking for in a college are the perfect audience for college visits. The presentations can give students a better understanding as to what colleges are expecting and what students need to do to be accepted into a college.
“College visits are beneficial to students. I think they have great information that can be utilized, and just to see that connection and that light switch go off for a student is cool,” Lucero said.