College Fair showcases
education opportunities for
'next step' after high school
Students and parents can gather information to help with a
Though the 2008-09 school year has just begun, planning
ahead is an important quality for students to develop. On
Thursday, Oct. 9, a College Fair will give high school
students and their parents a free opportunity to speak with
representatives from more than 60 public and private
colleges and universities about their programs and campus
The College Fair, which will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in
the Fulton-Montgomery Community College gymnasium, is
sponsored by the Tri-County Counselors’ Association.
The college fair is a chance to speak with admission
representatives from a wide range of schools, as well as to
gather information on important decisions and tasks that
face families contemplating the next step in their child's
workshops will provide insight to parents and students on
financial aid planning, choosing a college major, and surviving
that first year at school.
"It is the best
local opportunity to get information about a number of schools
in one place, at one time," said HFM BOCES Career and Technical
Education Counselor Kathy Daly. For a printable list of colleges
scheduled to attend, click
Counselors’ Association is a professional organization comprised
of area school counselors. The group sponsors the college fair
each year to assist area students as they begin to make choices
about post-secondary opportunities. Local school counselors are
available during the college fair to help students identify
which college exhibits they should visit based on their career
Students and parents
get the most benefit from a college fair with some advance
• Look at the list of colleges
Click here for a printable
• Decide which schools interest you, but
talk with representatives from other schools too.
• Prepare a short list of questions.
Bring a small notebook to jot down answers you receive.
• Collect brochures and business cards
from any school that interests you. You may decide to follow-up
with more questions later.
• Dress appropriately. Make a good
Ask the right
When evaluating a
college choice, students and parents may want to consider some
of these questions to discuss with your school counselor and
college admission representative.
• What major do you want to study, and
does the school offer that major?
• Do you want to attend a big or small
• Are you sure about your major? If not,
are there several majors to choose from at the school you are
• Can you afford the college?
• What kind of climate or location do
you want to live in?
• What kind of degree do you need for
• Is the college religiously affiliated?
• Is it a single-gender school?
• Why do you want to attend that school?
• What is the school's reputation in its
community or the career field you are exploring?
• Does it make sense for you to attend a
community college first, then transfer into a college or