BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — We are three days away from the LSU and Southern game and on Wednesday the two schools came together to bring the focus to the younger generation.
“We have the opportunity to get knowledge about what college is going to be like, all the fields you want to major in,” stated Lowery Middle 8th grader Arieyanna Knockum.
Students from near and far in the capital region were able to see the endless possibilities for their future at a special A&M Showcase in the Raising Cane’s River Center.
“We learned about new stuff that you have never heard before, just discovering different and new things,” said Northeast High School freshman Chase Chriss.
Louisiana State University and Southern University A&M, two of the largest universities in the state, have joined forces just ahead of the big football game where they will compete against each other.
“You can feel the energy in the room right now with these thousands of students and their excitement about education and their futures in terms of what it’ll do for Louisiana, as we’re educating the next generation of leaders, doctors, engineers, you name it,” LSU Vice President of Strategy Mark Bieger explained.
“This would help us tremendously because this could help create a pipeline for students coming from high school into Southern University,” said Southern Ag Center Academic & Student Support Vice Chancellor Renita Marshall.
Over 2,000 8th and 9th graders across nine parishes were able to explore different career paths offered here in the state.
“It’s been a great experience for us to, like, look at some of the things that some of these colleges have,” stated Northeast High School freshman Kenneth Selvage.
LSU and Southern University highlighted some of their best programs — from business to nursing and agricultural sciences.
“It gives them the ability to see that it’s not just Southern, it’s not just LSU. One is not bigger or greater than the other–that there’s opportunities and pathways within both universities,” said Northeast High School Academic Coordinator Lisa Shaw.
“My favorite part of the day was when I saved somebody’s life,” said Lowery Middle 8th grader Byranaija Collins about one of the booths she visited.
“She did chest compressions and that I liked watching her do that,” added Knockum.
“It’s exciting because you get a chance to see the light bulbs go off and it actually piques their interest in something that they had no idea that they possibly could major and have a career in,” expressed Marshall. “We have animals, we have child development, and nutrition.”
“We’ve also got engineering books. We’ve got humanities and social sciences, and education of course,” said Bieger.
The two schools said the event is all about uniting the area and making the future of the Greater Baton Rouge Area bright.