Class of 2018 Prepare for the Future at Annual College Fair

With the stress of college applications and decisions soon to engulf the Class of 2018, the college counselling office offered the chance for students to meet with representatives of colleges and learn more about their representing college. On Sunday, April 9th, the juniors and some voluntary sophomores of Western Reserve Academy attended the Cleveland Independent Schools Annual College Fair hosted at Hawken Schools. The fair had representatives from 110 different colleges and universities.

“The objective of the fair was to meet with representatives from a collection of colleges and find information concerning the college. Around 100 colleges were represented,” Kevin Escott ’18 explained. He proceeded to say, “I had already researched a few of the colleges before going to the fair and found out that Carleton, University of Rochester, Washington in St. Louis, and Tufts would all be represented and thought that I would only visit these few. However, when I arrived, a few colleges caught my immediate interest. Davidson, Colgate, and Kenyon had extremely interesting and informative representatives.” Kevin continued by mentioning that the fair was also beneficial in that it allows for students to make a positive impression on the representatives, which could later factor in when a college reviews their application and the representatives puts in a good word about them.

For sophomores however, this fair was not mandatory to attend, but Laina Wilson ‘19 saw this as an opportunity to get started with the college process and familiarize herself with more colleges. “Since I’m only a sophomore, the college fair was more of a way for me to get an idea of what colleges could be an option for me. I only had heard of about half of the colleges there, so it was interesting to learn about some of the other colleges that I did not know about previously.” She also enthusiastically added that “the administrative representatives were also very helpful in sharing how their courses, athletics, and residential programs worked, as each college had a booth with friendly representatives that could answer any questions.”

It is never too early to start thinking and preparing for college and the college fair allowed for Reserve students to be introduced to colleges and prospects that they would not have known about otherwise.

-Andrew Song ’19

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