Two weeks ago Summer Prep students had the opportunity to go on tours at Howard University and University of Maryland: College Park. The day allowed students to be exposed to two different universities and gave them introductory information in planning for and what it takes to get into college. At each school, students had the chance to go on tours to see different elements of college life including residence halls, cafeterias, and classrooms. Ambassadors from each schools provided first-hand knowledge about academic and campus life such as what it’s like having a roommate to what clubs and intramurals are available on campus. Students enjoyed seeing the similarities and differences between the schools. The trip helped them to formulate ideas about what qualities are important to them in thinking about colleges. One highlight from the day was learning about the exciting history of UMCP’s bronze statue of its mascot, Testudo, and rubbing the nose for good luck!