College & Career Fairs - How to Prepare
The aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air. It is after all, the month of October. For juniors and seniors in high school this means—it’s College & Career Fair season in Alaska. College Fairs put representatives from a number of colleges across the country together with parents and students in one huge location to help students narrow down their college or training choices. This is a great opportunity for students to show their interest in an institution and to ask questions to make sure the college is a good fit for them.
Before attending the College & Career Fairs near your hometown, it’s best to be prepared. Below are a few tips to help you void aimlessly wondering the many rows of exhibit booths only to end up with a lot of swag and no answers.
Highlight Your School Choices
Most College & Career fairs have a list of institutions that will be attending and the event may get crowed very quickly. Look at the schools that are attending then pick out the ones that peak your interest, research each institution.
Develop questions that address your concerns. Below are a few that will get you started:
- What does the admission process look like?
- What are the ACT/SAT requirements?
- What is the cost of attendance for the upcoming school year?
- Does your college offer on-campus housing?
- What type of activities does your college campus-life offer?
- Does your institution participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange program (WUE)?
- When are your Admissions and Financial Aid deadlines?
- What are the top programs at your institution?
- Is there job placement to help for graduates?
- In addition to federal aid from the FAFSA, what other financial assistance is available from the college or state?
Dress for the Occasion
A three-piece suit isn’t necessary, but appearance matters, so make a good impression. Dress neatly and act politely. Keep in mind that some colleges may be looking for students who take the process seriously.
Get Contact Information and Take Notes
Don’t forget to pick up the business card of the college representative you visit with incase you’d like to send a thank you note (it’s a polite thing to do) or if you have additional questions later. Finally, remember to take notes. Carry a pad and pen with you if needed.
Above all, have fun and enjoy the chance to connect on a personal level. Here is a list of the dates for the 2019 College & Career Fairs in Alaska.
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