Ameriah Fleming, of Brandon High School, enjoys science and the human body in general and wants to turn it into a career once she is out of high school.
“I especially like studying anatomy,” Fleming said, checking out a cross-section of a human kidney and a model of a human skeleton at Rankin College Day on Nov. 12.
The same goes for her Brandon High classmate Alaina Mitchell.
“My mother is a CNA, so it’s already in the family,” Mitchell said.
They were among about 600 high school juniors, seniors and others who attended the come-and-go event at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, which featured exhibits for all academic and career-tech programs, activities and organizations Hinds has to offer. Eight local schools brought students to the event, while students from a few other schools came on their own.
For those still searching for a career path after high school, it’s a time to find out how Hinds can help shape their decision.
“I don’t have anything planned right now, so I’m just checking out everything,” said Peyton Holmes, of Discovery Christian School, in Florence.
Prospective students interacted with faculty and Hinds students about admissions, scholarships, majors, student life and more.
“We were happy to bring this event back after having to cancel it last fall,” said Kathryn Cole, dean of Enrollment Services at Hinds. “We look forward to it every year. It’s a lot of fun to see hundreds of students talking with our faculty and staff and exploring all that our Rankin Campus has to offer.”
Nearly every program at the event featured some form of interactive engagement to show visiting students, plus free takeaways such as pens and keychains. At the Phi Theta Kappa table, faculty advisor Joy Rhoads offered extra goodies to those who answered a geography question correct. Pisgah High School students Madison Goss and Grace Gardner answered correctly.