TCU students helped show local high school students that they can go to college by putting on the Minority Student Leadership Conference Friday.
High school students came to the university in the morning and spent most of the day in workshops where they learned about financial aid and transitioning from high school to college.
“We have different workshops throughout the day that just kind of emphasize the same points and educate them on what they need to be doing right now to make college an option for them,” Christian Perez, internal executive director for MSLC, said.
MSLC was hosted in the Brown-Lupton University Union and brought high school students to campus to learn about different aspects of college, Perez, a senior business information systems and marketing double major, said.
Perez said that students from over 30 high schools attended this year’s conference.
University students volunteered at the event and worked as conference assistants.
“As a conference assistant, my role was basically to facilitate small group discussions within the group of high school students that I’m assigned to,” conference assistant Marquis Harris said. “We essentially were that link between them and the experience.”
Kaylan Brumfield, a junior from Arlington Heights High School, attended the conference and valued the learning experience.
Brumfield said she learned that she needs to study more so she can be prepared for college, learn how to adapt to her surroundings and be more responsible.
The Minority Student Leadership Conference was previously called the Minority High School Conference and started in 1996, Jonathan Davis, MSLC director of workshops, said.
Jason Wallace, university alumnus and program coordinator for MSLC, said, "“We really want to encourage [high school students] and let them know that despite some of the situations that they may be going through in high school or some of the things they may be going through at home, that they still are able to go to college.”
To learn more about the conference visit the MSLC website.