All area high school seniors are invited to NEO’s Senior Day on Thursday, February 5.

 Alisen Gore packed up for a long weekend and drove from Columbia City, Ind., to Miami, Okla., in November of 2007.  At that time, the high school senior was still searching for a perfect fit when it came to the college she planned to attend.  A friend had told her about a great two-year college in northeast Oklahoma called NEO.   

When an invitation to NEO’s Senior Day arrived in the mail, Gore said she thought it would be worth the trip.

“Once I stepped foot on campus for Senior Day, I fell in love with it,” Gore said.  “I was given a lot of good advice about college and the people were ready and willing to help.  Everyone on campus seemed excited about the thought of me becoming a Norseman.”

Gore’s decision to attend NEO was a good one.  She will graduate from the college in May with the noteworthy accomplishment of having served as the president for NEO’s Student Body Government.  NEO will serve up the same experience to an estimated 900 high school seniors during its annual Senior Day on Thursday, February 5.  All area students, parents and high school counselors are invited to learn about NEO’s 44 programs, four residence halls and dozens of clubs and organizations.  Information regarding financial aid, scholarships, admission, enrollment and campus safety will also be available. There is no cost to attend Senior Day, and all who participate will receive a free lunch and will be eligible for door prizes.

“Senior Day has become a popular annual event, because it offers a one-stop shopping experience for students,” said Nicole Brown, coordinator.  “In one location on one day, they learn everything they need to know about NEO, from financial aid to athletics.”

Senior Day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration in the Student Activity Center.  Students will have the opportunity to visit with faculty from the academic department in which the student plans to major.  NEO will also host an Activity Fair, during which prospective students can gather information on the clubs and organizations present on campus.  In addition, NEO students will offer tours of the campus and its facilities.

Brown said visiting a college campus is vital to a student’s decision on where to enroll.

“You cannot truly experience the culture of a campus unless you spend some time there,” said Brown.  “Prospective students need to see a dorm room, meet with faculty and visit with current students.   We want to ensure that on their first day of classes in August, students are confident in their decision to attend NEO.”

Gore said she would encourage high school seniors to take advantage of what is offered at NEO’s Senior Day.

“I found it helpful to have the opportunity to talk to the professors about the major I was interested in,” she said.  “After that, I really felt more comfortable about where I planned to go for the next two years.  It was a big step toward my education.”