On Monday, Sept 15 – the College & Career Night hosted by Junior League will take place from 6-8 at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center
With parents shouldering over 50% of the cost of college, it is advisable that you attend with your teen. It is mostly Juniors & Seniors that attend but it is a great way for 9th & 10th graders to get exposure to different colleges.
Reasons You Should Go:
- Save Money – explore colleges without having to travel
- Get Exposure to other Colleges – there are a lot of choices to consider; Spend some time getting to know other smaller schools (instead of just the big ones like Alabama & Auburn)
- Get Advice -- Recruiters are also called Admissions Counselors – ask them questions about your field of interest and the classes you should be taking to get prepared
- Ask about summer programs – this is a great way to “try out” a school you are interested in
Get prepared Tips:
- Dress appropriately – comfy shoes but neat appearance
- Email check - Make sure your teen uses an appropriate email (make one if needed)
- Making Labels - Several websites suggest printing some labels with your name, address, email, school attending to make it easier (or make a business card)
- Role play with your teens:
- Introducing themselves (& their parents) with handshake
- Asking for business card ( if they are interested, have them send a follow-up thank you email)
- Bring a notebook – write down facts since it is much like “speed dating” and you’ll likely talk to several colleges in a short amount of time
- Know what you want to ask - Make a list of questions you want answered
Not sure what to ask at a college fair? click here for some great sample questions!
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