College fairs stir up plans for future
Todays college fair, the second of the school year, offers applicants insight into the world of post-secondary education.
By Briana Abel
and Tara Balch
Arrowhead Staff Writers
Representatives from many different colleges filled the gymnasium on September 23.
It was time for the annual college fair.Trade schools, community colleges, Pennsylvania state schools and out-of-state schools were all in attendance at the event.During the first block of the school day, seniors, juniors and even some sophomores were given the opportunity to meet with admissions counslers of the schools that interested them.
Students were also given the chance to pick up booklets and information about the schools they had an interest in, and fill out cards so that schools would start sending letters and packets directly to the potential students homes.Senior Erica Lilly said she went to the college fair to talk to college representatives and get an idea of whats out there for me.Lilly, like many students, started thinking about college when she hit high school.Tenth or eleventh grade really, my junior year was big because thats when we started to take the SATs, said Lilly. Another important factor to Lilly is to find a school that really fits my personality. This seems to be very important for students. Junior Dominique McDevitt is looking for a school that offers theater arts.
As long as they have what I like, location isnt so important, said McDevitt. While some students look for their interests, others, like senior Brian Briggs, just want a change of pace. I want an out-of-state school. As long as it has my major and the cost isnt too high and Im around mountains, Ill be fine, said Briggs. Students like Briggs may be in luck when it comes to finding an out-of-state school.Michelle LaCoe, representative from Keystone said Its important to have out-of-state-students as part of any college.It helps give the college diversity, LaCoe continued.
George Mason Universitys assistant director of admissions Tonya Desselle agreed. Right now were definitely trying to increase our number of out-of-state students. Yet colleges werent there just to find diversity. Desselle also said that the academic performance of the students is essential. The grades of the students over the past four years is important to a four year college, especially ours. Four year colleges arent as laid back as community coleges, you have to earn your way into them.However, a representative from North Hampton Community College says you definitely have to earn your way into a community college.
Motivation of the students is very important. We want someone whos interested in being at our college, while at the same time were looking at their grades and SAT scores. So what do administrators have to say about all this? Souderton Area High School principal Susan Beerman said its important to start refining your search [for college] in high school. Beerman suggests that students find a college that meets your needs. Students should apply to one dream school, one shoe in and one in between. The college fairs offered a wide variety of options to all students interested. Whether theyre looking to get out of the state, commute to a nearby college or learn a trade, students now have a better idea of whats available to them.