To most effectively gain needed information at college fairs—often described as “speed dating” for college admissions—it’s crucial to prepare in advance.
First, scrutinize the list of attending college admissions officers for campuses of interest. Being focused, students and families can save time aimlessly roaming the event space.
Second, reflect on one’s ideal college experience. With friends and family, discuss topics like “why I want to attend college”, “what topics are interesting”, or “the kind of location where I want to live”.
Third, conduct preliminary research on colleges that pique one’s interest, based what a student expects in a college experience. Use social media, university websites, or even consult friends and family for firsthand impressions of the campuses.
Fourth, prepare thoughtful questions, where a student can gain insights into the college experience, rather than seeking easily accessible facts found through a quick internet search.
Finally, obtain the contact information of the admissions representatives to pose more specific questions via email or to arrange a virtual meeting.
With preparation, not only can students deepen their understanding of prospective colleges, but they can also minimize the accumulation of unread brochures that would otherwise be left gathering dust.
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