WWU campus (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times 2011)
For many young people, deciding to go to college isn’t really a decision at all. Whether it’s their parents, teachers or other role models, someone at some point makes it clear that higher education is part of their future.
The idea of college degree isn’t nearly as certain for other kids. In rural areas outside of Bellingham, for example, the percentage of high school graduates who go to college often lags the state and national average.
Our next full-length Education Lab story focuses on a mentoring program at Western Washington University called Compass 2 Campus. The idea behind Compass 2 Campus is simple: Convince kids that college is for them by exposing them to the idea of higher education — starting in fifth grade. Look for the story in print on online this Sunday, Feb. 9.
In the meantime, we’re interested to hear about readers’ own experiences surrounding higher education. Who first exposed you to the idea of college? Did you always see yourself on campus, or was it a struggle to get there? Even if you did not attend, what do you wish you would have known about college when you were younger?