Jan 7, 2014 2:42 PM by Cody Proctor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GREAT FALLS - College usually takes a few years to complete, but some high school students got to try it out in the 16th annual College in a Day at Montana State University-Great Falls, which welcomed 180 students from high schools around the area, including Havre, White Sulphur Springs, and Highwood.
Students attended sessions to learn about financial aid, dual credits and different careers and programs like physical therapy and elementary education.
Students said the day gave them a glimpse of what it takes to get a higher education.
Great Falls High School student Stephen Thurston enjoyed the day: "I wanted to experience what it felt like to be in these classrooms. I had never seen them before and was just something different. This atmosphere around here is a lot different than in a high school room."
MSU-Great Falls recruitment program coordinator Erica Rominger says that's the whole idea: "They get the actual college learning experience. They get to be in a classroom with the instructors and they get to be here on campus. It's just a little snapshot of what college is going to be like down the road."
Rominger also says the event helps with recruiting potential students for the college.