Students tour universities

Senior Carihi students have been in a state of confusion and chaos these last few months

With graduation looming over the horizon, senior Carihi students have been in a state of confusion and chaos these last few months, trying to keep themselves organized and ready for post-graduation.

For some, this includes the process of finding a suitable place to further their education and finding, filling out, and submitting the paperwork that goes along with it.

Thankfully, amidst this chaos, Carihi offers a sanctuary, which takes the form of a tour designed specifically for Grade 12’s interested in post-secondary education. Those who were able to attend this year, got tours at three different British Columbian universities: the University of Victoria,  the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. The overnight trip gave students a chance to not only see the universities in person, but to ask questions and meet other students enrolled. And while for some it brought a sense of security, it also brought up some concerns.

“Students today often already have such full schedules due to part time jobs, homework, and extracurricular activities that it’s hard to find time for long, complicated application processes,” said Megan Koster.

Koster also mentioned that “I don’t think high school grades are necessarily an accurate representation of a student’s potential and I think more and more universities are starting to realize that. As for costs, that becomes more of a question concerning our economy, and I don’t know what the answer to that is.”

Another student who attended the trip, Antonia Bellefleur, also commented on the cost of tuition.

“For the requirements, I think that grades and such are reasonable, but I really don’t think the tuition fees need to be so high,” he said.

Both students were also asked if they enjoyed the trip, and if they would recommend the tour to graduates in the coming years.

“I think it’s worth going. It’s nice to be able to see the campuses,” Bellefleur said.