Hamilton Middle School students attend a college tour


Students from Hamilton Middle School visited college campuses and Birch Aquarium to get them thinking about life after high school. Courtesy photo

HEMET – Students don’t normally begin thinking about college until they reach high school. Staff members at Hemet Unified School District are working on getting students into that mindset even earlier. Middle school students at Hamilton K-8 School recently attended a college tour of the University of California San Diego to expose students to the life of a college student.

Hamilton K-8 Principal Carol Robilotta realized the need of college exposure for her students. Hamilton is not near any colleges, and she has found that some of her students have never seen a university campus. Each year she takes students to a different college, during the three years they are in middle school. Students are able to visit University of California San Diego, University of California Riverside and Mount San Jacinto College. She hopes these college tours will continue to inspire them to do well in school and attend college after high school.

In an effort to make the most out of the long trip, the tour was paired with another destination and activity. Students were able to visit the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla where they were able to try various hands-on activities and visit the sea life tank and outside tide pools.

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