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MARQUETTE, MI - High schoolers from across the U.P. gathered at Northern Michigan University for a quest. Not an actual quest, no, but the Quality Undergraduate Experiences in Scholarly Training program- or QUEST, for short, to see what it's like being a college student in their desired field of study.
"We had a number of faculty, very kindly volunteer their time," said Erica Goff, Director of Grants and Contracts Office. "They are all very excited to show off what they do and what's available to students. They are the ones who are actually running the sessions, tours and showing off their gadgets and fun things."
Students from Iron Mountain toured the psychology department, having the chance to participate in some firsthand activities.
"For them, they loved the driving simulator," said Jacob Ebsch, Graduate Student in the Psychopharmacology Program. "It's not something you generally get to do or think you'll have in a psychology department or the false-hand test that we were doing. It made them jump, it made them happy. They really seemed to enjoy being here."
Ebsch said this program adds a second orientation for students looking to go to college, an opportunity that wasn't present when he thought of going to college.
"I know when I came to college, this wasn't the type of experience I got," said Ebsch. "I was here and had a two day orientation and I really didn't get to see the facility too much. To introduce to them as juniors and seniors, something will click with them. They realize they have an interest in the field so they see something in here and they are like, 'Wow, I can really help people with what I'm doing.'"