January 17, 2014
When Waller High School student Jeremy Benitez was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011, the last thing on his mind was his a college education.
In a battle that doctors estimated would take three years, Benitez’s focus was solely on surviving. With the help of a bone marrow transplant, Benitez, now a senior, sent his leukemia into remission, and has a bright college career ahead of him.
Benitez was one of 90 high school students from Waller and Houston Heights to attend Blinn College’s inaugural Prospective Student Relations Summit on the Brenham campus Friday.
“Because of what I went through with my leukemia, I want to go into the medical field,” said Benitez, who plans on attending Prairie View A&M University in the Fall. “Being here today has really helped me see what I need to do to prepare for that, and what to expect once I get to college.”
The Summit, hosted by Blinn’s Prospective Student Relations, gave high school students a first-hand look at the possibilities of life after high school. Students attended seminars on transitioning from high school to college, career and financial planning and drug and alcohol awareness.
“We want to explain how the transition works and what they need to know when they get to college,” Prospective Student Advisor Kristin Klussmann said.
Houston Heights senior Rashun Scales said the summit convinced him to explore the possibility of a college education.
“A lot of other colleges that we’ve been to have just said that college is going to be different than high school, but Blinn has really broken it down on what we should expect,” said Scales, who looks forward to a career in law enforcement.
Blinn’s affordability – roughly one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state – helped Scales realize higher education was within his grasp.
“I really like that Blinn offers affordable tuition,” he said. “Some of the other colleges cost $8,000 or more, but at Blinn we can go to school for $1,200. It’s much more affordable.”
Founded in 1883, Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.