Having the students from the Greenville Early College on campus was so exciting, as it always is. The day initially began with a campus tour. The group that I was participating in was solely composed of eighth graders. They did not appear as enthusiastic as the sixth graders during the field trip, but instead seemed more pensive and reflective. They appeared thoughtful and observant of Clemson's campus and what it would be like to be a college student. Additionally, all of the students in the group were extremely respectful. I thought that these were admirable qualities.
It was exciting while we were on the tour to start talking to the students about topics in which they were passionate. Many of the boys played football and seemed incredibly determined to be able to play football in high school. I hope that this dream of theirs comes true.
Later that day when the eighth graders were in the planetarium, I was fascinated with how much they knew about astronomy. When the planetarium show ended, several students asked questions about certain constellations that were not even in the show. It was an amazing experience for them to be able to see and understand the constellations that they had probably only read about in a science textbook.
This group of children has great potential to have amazing and bright futures. If they keep their goals and continue to be passionate about their education, they can and most likely will be incredibly successful. I cannot wait to see where these children's lives takes them!