Hundreds of high school students from across the Valley got a chance to experience life on campus as a college student at Youngstown State University.
Students were invited to the campus Monday for “Crash Day.” The event is held every year in an effort to attract potential students to the university.
“They get to crash real classes, offices, department chairs and different activities that we have going on,” said event co-chairwoman Tysa Egleton.
University officials said it’s imperative that students are exposed to the “college experience.” A highlight for many students was sitting in on a class.
Lea Breedlove of Parma is considering YSU to study engineering in the fall. Her mother, Tammy Breedlove, came along for the trip and said it’s a good experience for the students to be inside the classroom.
“It’s nice to be able to go to a couple of classes that were in session and see the teachers teaching and talk to the teachers,” said Breedlove.
New this year for “Crash Day” is an overnight stay on campus. About 100 students will explore the campus at night and “crash” downtown. Shaquille Morehouse of Solon is looking forward to staying the night and enjoying the city.
“I’ve seen the campus many times, but I’ve never really been downtown,” said Morehouse. “Everybody can ride through downtown, but you have to go there to experience it.”
Those who are not spending the night got a chance to experience the downtown with a trolley ride tour through the area.
Officials want to show students that YSU is a great choice for higher education and the city plays a big part in that educational process.
“We want them to really see that there is no difference between the university and the city,” said Egleton. “We’re all working together for their education.”
The next “Crash Day” is scheduled for October.