First-gen. students connect with campus

By Carlos Galvez

Students who need financial and scholarly assistance need look no further: National TRiO Day is coming up.

Universities across the state will attend National TRiO Day, where students will be able to participate in programs that will help them develop education and leadership skills. NIU will host the event from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Holmes Student Center.

LaBrian Carrington, Student Support Services academic counselor, said TRiO Day is an organization to help first-generation students.

“TRiO Day is a day where we help students by hosting programs and events that can expand their leadership skills and help them with their needs at NIU,” said Ramona Walton, Student Support Services academic counselor.

Walton said about 400 students are expected to attend TRiO Day.

Carrington said National TRiO Day has been around since 1964.

“Over those years we have come together every year to help students get to the next level of their education,” Carrington said.

Freshman undecided major Deja O’Neal said she heard about National TRiO Day in class and went to her counselor to get information.

“I’m really interested into going to National TRiO Day,” O’Neal said. “I’d recommend students to go to TRiO Day if they need financial and educational resources to help them.”