Hundreds of high school students experience college life at UAB

Students from across Alabama “Gear Up” for college.

'Gear Up' for UAB learning experience

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The University of Alabama at Birmingham welcomed more than 300 students to participate in Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness of Undergraduate Programs, also known as GEAR UP, mini-camps.

Students from 19 schools across Alabama spent the day talking with admission representatives, attending classes, exploring campus and staying the night in a residence hall.

Students said they were excited to learn more about what college is all about.

“We have just been getting a feel of the college life," said Selma High School student Tatyana Martin. "I have been to the dorms and I have been around on a college tour. I’m really liking it.”

Courses available for students include: Youth Social Movements by Tondra Loder-Jackson, Ph.D., Careers in Language and Language in Careers by Josie Prado, Ph.D., and Nazi Germany and the Holocaust: New Questions and Approaches by Jonathan Wiesen, Ph.D.

These mini-camps are designed to help students prepare for college and encourage them to take advantage of the opportunities available to them.

This is the 5th year for GEAR UP Alabama and serves nearly 10-thousand high school juniors and seniors from 21 school systems across the state.

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