Attending college fairs is a fantastic way to gain information that can then help you make informed decisions about which colleges you might be interested in applying to. Wentworth’s Admissions staff is currently in the midst of fall travel and can’t wait to meet all of the prospective students for the class of 2020!
We have compiled some helpful tips to ensure that you are prepared for college fair season:
Do your research
We know it sounds like something your mother would tell you to do, but it can really help to feel more prepared when speaking with college representatives. Knowing which schools will be attending the college fair and conducting prior research on some schools that interest you will make you feel more confident and also appear knowledgeable and interested to the college representatives.
Make a list
Similar to making a shopping list when you go to the store, it is a great idea to make a list of all the schools you really want to speak with. Once you have established the schools you are initially interested in, it’s a great idea to visit these booths first. Time is of the essence!
Venture outside your comfort zone
Once you have visited the booths of the schools you developed initial interest in, do not be afraid to explore other schools! We all deviate from our shopping lists from time to time. Some of the best finds in life are not a part of the original plan.Take advantage of having so many college representatives at your disposal. Speak with representatives from colleges outside your geographic region, large schools, small schools, urban, suburban, rural, big name schools and maybe schools you have never heard of before. Gather information regarding scholarships and financial aid at the schools that might seem financially out of reach. You never want to rule out a school all together just based on the sticker price. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Prepare questions to ask
It is important to come to the college fair with questions to ask college representatives. You will be able to obtain more information and you will appear more prepared. Being engaged, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable comes across in a positive light. There are NO stupid questions, so never be afraid to ask about the food, or whether or not we have an Ultimate Frisbee team. (Our cafeteria has so many great options and we do have an Ultimate team, in case you were curious!)