A visit to Harvard offers information, and inspiration, for Minneapolis students

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By Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost

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Dozens of Minneapolis high school students will head to the East Coast this week for a three-day field trip to colleges in Boston, including Harvard University, to get a feel for what it means to pursue higher education at the Ivy League school.

Mostly English-language learners, the 39 Minneapolis Public Schools juniors and seniors are scheduled to fly Wednesday night. During their visit, they’ll participate in workshops and lectures about living and learning in Boston.

Their tour will begin on Thursday morning at Boston University, where they’ll explore the campus and its surrounding neighborhoods. The students’ many hands-on exercises will include discussions on what they look for in a college community and how that matches their values and plans.

“We want them to do these things with their practical skills, planning and researching,” said Adrienne Diercks, founder and executive director of Minneapolis-based Project Success, which organized the field trip in partnership with MPS. “We want them to think about how that affects what choices and what values they have.”

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Ibrahim Hirsi reports on immigrant communities, social issues, marginalized groups and people who work on making a difference in the lives of others. A graduate from the University of Minnesota, he interned for Newsday and has written for multiple publications in Minnesota.

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