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Aug 19, 2020

Do you remember your first college visit? Do you want to take your student or child on a college tour but are stuck at home? 

I will never forget my first college visit. No one in my family had ever earned a college degree. I was raised thru high school by my grandfather that had only completed 3rd grade. Never had I set foot on a college campus. 

I was lucky enough to be part of an organization called GEAR UP. I was in 7th grade and I remember stepping on the bus. Our advisor for GEAR Up told us all about the college we would drive 6 hours to go visit. I think we did visit several schools, but I for sure remember the first stop. I remember being told about the many traditions this university. This year US News & World Report ranks the school #70 nationally. My first college visit helped me to capture a vision that I could one day go to college. I spent many years doing student leadership camps at that same university. Texas A& M holds a special place in my mind for several reasons, but mostly for being the first college I would ever visit. 

Most likely you will not be able to visit a college any time soon. Or at least not make a field trip with 50 other students. 

Can we still help our students or children have a vision of going to college? Without a vision of going to college our students and children will not go to college. 

Below I have links to some resources for you to help a student or your child research colleges. 

Click here to see US NEWS Rankings 

US News list in order of 1-10 below, but I have also used Virtual tours to link virtual tour for you to show your student or child. 

#1 Princeton

#2 Harvard

#3 Columbia

#3 MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#3 Yale

#6 Stanford 


#6 University of Chicago

#6 UPenn University of Pennsylvania

#9 Northwestern

#10 Duke


Jonathan Medina "America's #1 Youth Motivator"

& Top Hispanic Speaker 

  • Former GEAR UP Student 
  • NCAA Division 1 Football Player
  • Author (Student Success Playbook, Student Leadership Playbook)
  • Former Class President, Student Council Officer, National Honor Society, FFA, Captain of Football & Basketball Teams
  • Over 1 Millions Students, Staff, & Parents Reached

Former GEAR UP Student & NCAA Division 1 Football Player Jonathan Medina Learned many lessons Overcoming many at-risk factors (Poverty, Homelessness, First Generation, Domestic Violence, Migrant, & Fatherless) to become a Division 1 Football player at prestigious Georgetown University and first in family to walk stage at graduation. 

Today Jonathan "America's #1 Youth Motivator" has shared lessons from his books (Educational Leadership, Student Success Playbook, & Student Leadership Playbook) to MOTIVATE over 1 MILLION students, staff, and parents across the US at places such as Harvard, Texas A&M, GEAR UP National Conferences, and over 1,000 schools nationwide from New York City to Los Angeles. Over 15,000 students have attended Leadership Camps Jonathan has lead Nationwide. 

Top #1 Youth Speaker Jonathan Medina

Top #1 Youth Motivational Speaker


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