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Paredes Middle Schoolers Experience ‘College for a Day’ on the Forty Acres

By Jessica Sinn

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A group of college-bound students at Paredes Middle School experienced College for a Day, a day-long event hosted by the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP)  that includes campus tours, group activities and discussions with current student athletes. The event was held on Friday, April 27.


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The day kicked off with a group activity in Bellmont Hall, where they played a round of trivia and learned a number of facts about UT Austin. Lucky winners took home burnt orange T-shirts.


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The aspiring Longhorns later ventured into the Texas Advanced Computing Center, where they met “Stallion,” one of the world’s largest resolution tile displays. Captivated by the wall-to-wall system, the students got a stunning bird’s eye-view of downtown Austin.


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They also toured the Fine Arts Library and explored various artistic creations at the Visual Arts Center. The tour guides, all current UT Austin students, were on-hand throughout the day to answer questions and share some insight into campus life.


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After working up an appetite, the group gathered at the Texas Athletics Nutrition Center, where they ate a healthy lunch and met with star athletes.


College for a Day is one of the many outreach events offered by the NLP, an incentive-based learning program that helps economically disadvantaged youth build a strong academic future. Visit the NLP website to learn more.