Greetings Students and Families!
Fall is College Fair season!
Sophomores and Juniors– This is great time to attend a college fair! (Seniors – 2020- by now I hope you have your short list of “reach”, “match” and “safeties” confirmed – but if not, wherever you’re located– Boca Raton, Fl, Metro NYC, Boulder/Denver …– please contact me ASAP to help narrow your list and discuss your interests.For 10th and 11th grade students, the next two years are filled with exploration of potential majors and universities. Please read my recent blog:
For students just getting started on the college admissions planning process, I’d be thrilled to assist with your college research and introducing you to majors you may have overlooked that are a potential great fit given your emerging interests and academic strengths. I invite you to view my video:
Please stop at my booth to say hello- -let’s talk and you can also meet some of my current seniors who can share their experiences with you about my approach to Educational and College Admissions Planning throughout high school!
WHEN and WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND A COLLEGE FAIR?
CAMPUS REP VISITS at your HIGH SCHOOL??
Some tips for making the most of your college fair attendance:
If you have time, pre-print some cards/sticky labels with your name, high school, graduation date and email address to avoid having to fill out forms while at the fair!
Collect business cards from admissions representatives. If you learned something unique and valuable, send a thank-you email within 48 hours (see more below). Some colleges, such as Princeton University have a practice of keeping copies of all student communications in your admissions file.
Please make sure the email address you’re using isn’t a source of embarrassment. If you don’t already have a firstname.lastname Gmail or yahoo account- now is the time to create and utilize that account for all your college communication.Previously I wrote about locking down your Facebook account. If you hit the “like” button for a college, this gives them full access to your page. Please don’t post pictures that present a less than flattering image. Yes, you’re 15 or 16 years old and having a great time at this stage of life. That said, use your best judgment on how you present yourself. Please set your FB privacy settings so only “friends” get to see photos rather than “friends of friends”.
2) INFORMED INTEREST
In my previous blog I spoke about the importance of demonstrating informed interest in your college application. If you have a short list of schools, do your homework and make the most of your time at the college fair. Don’t wander the aisles. You cannot stop at 100 college booths in two hours.
Make a plan to target the schools of interest and bring a specific list of questions that you CANNOT find answers to on the college’s website. Ask admissions officers the tough questions:
After you’ve hit your target list of schools, time permitting — be adventurous and wander into the booths of schools that you never heard of and perhaps you’ll be very surprised.
Well, not exactly. You’re not attending a career fair (that occurs in college) and you don’t need to have a 2 minute pitch about yourself. Your opportunity to sell yourself is during the college admissions cycle on your Common Application. The college fair is for YOU!!
Admissions and alumni representatives want to interest you in the college they represent. So don’t be shy, speak up and ask the tough questions above.
Parents, your child is wonderful and you mean well, but nothing screams louder than a chatty parent as a potential indicator of a student’s lack of independence and self-direction. Please while it might seem obvious, don’t “brag” to the admissions representative with a pre-rehearsed annotated resume– no one is making an admissions decision at a college fair. In fact, parents, it would be best if your son/daughter does most of the talking outside of questions about financial aid and campus safety!
Students: That said, think of a college fair as a college interview on training wheels.Seniors– As a Cornell Alumni Admissions Rep- and former university faculty admissions committee member, I have decades of experience interviewing potential undergraduate and graduate students– NEED HELP? Schedule a Mock Interview with Bonnie R. Rabin, PhD
Sophomores and juniors should use the evening to gather information about competitive summer programs in potential academic areas of interest. In particular, women and minorities should ask about special programs that are designated in majors typically under-represented by women and minorities. Such programs are highly competitive and often free of cost.
|Dr. Rabin Visiting Clients at Cornell Summer College|
The college fair is an excellent opportunity to jump start your campus research in anticipation of junior year campus visits. STAY TUNED– MY NEXT BLOG WILL FOCUS ON CAMPUS VISITS
Ask about upcoming campus visits that are scheduled specifically for juniors or for admitted seniors. As noted, some colleges schedule “diversity” weekends and offer financial assistance for attendance.
a) Send a thank you note to any admissions officer that spent more than 2 minutes with you to hand you a brochure. If you shared a joke or an experience, reference the memory jogging point of your conversation. Sending a thank-you note is an opportunity to reinforce your interest in the school.