Age 6 and “Applying” to College

By Tonka Dobreva 02.05.2015 interact

College awareness starts very early for the first graders in Kelli Rigo’s class at Johnsonville Elementary School in Harnett County, N.C. In a writing assignment, the students shared their top choices for schools — some chose West Point, and one is aiming to study medicine at Harvard.

In an interview for the New York Times, Ms. Rigo said: “The age-old question is: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ You always ask kids that. We need to ask them, ‘How will you get there?’ Even if I am teaching preschool, the word ‘college’ has to be in there.”

Check out the video below to see what her 6-year-old students think about college. Then, tell us in the comments section below what you think — is it too early for first graders to be thinking about college?


  1. adonika

    I say its crazy teaching these little kids about college but I also say its kind of good because they are learning what college is what it means picking colleges to go to some say they can help theyre family so my answer is yes and no

  2. Chanller

    Kids will love college

  3. Chanller

    Kids would love college

  4. Brian Ries

    No because they are going to forget about their homework assignments

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