Though Louisiana has been long associated with Mardi Gras and the recent lessons learned from Katrina; during the 2014 College Spring Break, many lessons were learned about the treasures of located in the state. Though some believe its greatest treasures in casinos on both land and riverboats, 24 students discovered hidden gems in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Tuesday, the students began their journey with a tour of Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge. Students were introduced to the culinary world and the development of the next culinary geniuses through interaction with factually and administration. Students are taught how to work all 3 phases of the restaurant via the instruction of an instructor and hands on experience in an on campus dining hall. The school was filled with modern technology, and uses a combination of training, creativity and competition to bring about the best in all that enter it’s walls with dreams of wearing a Toque.
The day continued with a trip to Louisiana State University (L.S.U.). The grand campus of L.S.U. featured a tour arranged by faculty member Dr. Robinson. Starting at the tour, students were given the history of LSU as well as insight on campus and student life via the experiences of an excellent guide. The tour was topped by the input of Angelia, L.S.U. student and relative of tour participant Jayla, which gave insight on campus life, studies and the athletic atmosphere of the Tigers. She The rich tradition of L.S.U. was evident in every story and present in every step. The facility was innovated with safe features as well, beautiful buildings, majestic landscape and an atmosphere for academia.
Later the students encountered the lively Southern University (S.U.). Students on campus were eager to speak forth truths and share their school pride. Students were able to see the football team, track team and the tennis team at practice for their respective seasons. The highlights of the tour were the campus museum Southern University Museum of Arts (S.U.M.A.), Sorority and Fraternity plots, as well as 2 interviewed Law School Students. The Museum featured African artworks and artifacts, that connected the past with the present, creating a sense of hope, purpose and family.
The night concluded with dining at the locally acclaimed Copeland’s of Baton Rouge (sister restaurant Copeland’s of Atlanta from the 2013 College Tour). Copeland features fine cuisine, and an array of signature Cheesecakes. All in attendance enjoyed the relaxed but somewhat upscale environment.
The 2014 college Tour is upon us. This years theme is First Hand, drawn from the book, Firsthand; Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by the Ryan & Josh Shook. The goal this year is to insure that each student has a personal faith, and not one based upon their parents and grand parents.
As for the tour, the students will visit some of Americas finest institutions. In Baton Rouge, the colleges slated for visits are LSU, Southern & Louisiana Culinary Institute and in New Orleans, Xavier, Dillard & Tulane. The institutions combined represents a wide range of studies and collectively will expose our students to a variety of campuses and campus living.
The cost for the tour is $275.00. The cost covers the tour, travel, lodging and meals on camp grounds.
In 2014, the Teen Ministry of First Met will have its 4th Spring Break College Tour. Each year, the teen ministry combines a spiritual journey, with information to expose and enlighten students about the world academia.
The tour will hit the following cities: 1. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2. New Orleans, Louisiana. While present, local colleges will be toured, as well as experiencing the cities social scene. Students will be able to dine at a popular eating establishment, as well as a visit to popular historical sites.
Students will camp at a local retreat center near on in the city of Baton Rouge. The retreat centers, being reviewed for contract, include high and low ropes course, cabin style lodging and general camp ground amenities. Last year, the students were exposed to a week of Kosher cuisine from the hands of the Kaplan Mitchell Retreat & Conference Center staff and the beautiful mountainous terrain of Georgia.
Past college tours included: University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University & Hutson- Tillotson for Spring Break 2011, Texas A & M, Prairie View A & M & Baylor University for Spring Break 2012, and Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, & Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013.