On April 1st-April 4th, 2012, STARS took a group of eight high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing to Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Gallaudet University is the largest college in America that offers services specifically for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Over 4,000 students attend this school from all over the world.
This trip is incredibly important because it shows our students first-hand the academic opportunities available to them. While on the trip, the students stayed on campus in the dorms, ate at the cafeteria and were able to socialize with other college students. They were given a full tour of the campus, met with academic advisors and admission counselors, had question and answer time with a student panel, joined a college class in session, and were introduced to several successful professionals who are deaf and hard of hearing and working in the Washington, DC area.
One boy who currently plays football in Tennessee was able to meet with the Gallaudet football coach and join a practice with other Gallaudet players. The experience was incredible and provided the students with hope and inspiration for their future.