Counselors push for attendence at College Fair

Sandra Omari-Boateng/Opinion Editor

This year there will be another College Fair held at UNI on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The fair is taking place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the McLeod Center. The high school is providing transportation to the fair for any junior or senior wanting to attend. Sophomores will just be staying in class that day. Those who would like to drive to the fair alone can still do so, but either way participants have to sign up in the counseling office before going. They have to know how many people will be driving so planners can know how to handle the parking situation.

Since the fair is being held on a late start Tuesday, the bus taking the students will be leaving at 9:45 a.m. and will return to the school around 11 a.m. Any students that will be driving by themselves should be there at 9 a.m. and have until 10:10 a.m to return back to school in time for third hour. Having the schedule for the day like this won’t interfere with any of the lunches because the lunches are later due to the late start.

The high school will be one of at least 20 other high schools in the area that will be attending. Last year only about 50 Cedar Falls students total went to the college fair.

“This year we’re making a big push for this because we want to make sure kids are taking advantage of this opportunity, especially juniors. Most seniors have already chosen the colleges they would like to go to or narrowed down their choices, so for them this might not be as helpful, but for juniors this could really help them if they don’t really have an idea of where they would like to go to learn about some of the colleges. There will be a lot of options for school there and even military technicians,” counselor Susan Langan said.

There will be about 85 colleges from all over Iowa and also colleges from the surrounding states.

After signing up for the fair in the counseling office, participants have to register for the actual fair online. To register, go to the counseling office web page and click on the link for College Fair registration. Those registering should provide all the information asked for and then they get a bar code. Those who register should print out the bar code and take it with them to the fair. The bar code will already have all the information needed for the colleges, so when one goes around to all the colleges, they will just be able to scan the bar code instead of giving all the same information to all the colleges every time one visits a new booth, which will save everyone a lot of time.

The cut off date for signing up in the office is Thursday, Sept. 15.

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