“The road less traveled” was the only path for 21 high school seniors to take during an organizational maze activity at a Mays session this summer. The students who attend Texas A&M’s Summer Honors Invitation Program (SHIP) are potential National Merit Scholars, selected because of their high Pre-SAT scores. The two-day program includes a two-hour session for students to explore and gain knowledge about their desired major.
The SHIP students, prospects for Honors at Mays, took only 25 minutes of trial and error to find the correct path for the entire group to cross without triggering alarms on certain squares of carpet. Each student had to complete the exercise without losing their resourcesâ€”three poker chips per studentâ€”which were taken away for talking or stepping on an incorrect square twice.
Kris Morley, director of the Business Honors Program, hosted more than 100 students during the business school’s portion of SHIP this July. Her goal was to demonstrate to the pre-college students the importance of resources, especially during their first semester. Crossing the maze required figurative representations of college resources such as books, libraries, peers, professors, alumniâ€”and most importantly, said Morley, time.
Students such as Courtney Rothe, a student at D’Hanis High School in Hondo, Texas, were at Mays because they felt the college could satisfy their desire to work with numbers.
Justin Wang, another participant, has aspirations that extend further than Texas A&M, though. The Westlake High School student, who will begin his senior year in August, plans on earning a degree in finance from Mays and to someday work at the New York Stock Exchange. His reason? A friend’s sister who was also a business major explained to him what the field has to offerâ€”lots of fun, and with hard work, lots of money.