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Courtney McManus' Testimonial

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There are many opportunities that I have been deprived of in my life, but I'm glad that I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to be part of the NIU Real Experience. This program has shown me that there is so much more to look forward to in the future, past high school. The main reason that it is so important to me is because as a student, sometimes you are so distracted by what's directly in front of you, you forget to look ahead. Many people may wonder why it is so important to expose kids to college life so early, and I'll tell you why. As a freshman last year, I was burnt out from school and questioning every day what exactly I was working so hard for. Was it really worth it? One week at this camp helped me abruptly arrive at my answer: nothing could be more worth it. I've learned so much while I was here from how to throw a pot to how to be a good journalist. This camp shows you that everyone has a lot to offer the world, and that one way to make sure of that is by going to college. It's important that students know ahead of time what they will be missing out on if they choose not to attend college. Judy and this camp have made this possible, and it would change many more lives that it already has if it was able to continue.