Last night I attended my first college fair of the season and it felt like a flash mob. The William & Mary table was immediately surrounded by eager parents and students. Great questions were asked and long conversations ensued, but everyone was patient while they waited their turn to pick my brain. I thought I’d pass along a few tips to those of you who will be attending a fair in the near future.
1) Buy some labels. Print your name, home address, email address, date of birth, year of graduation and high school information on a label. When you’re walking around at a fair you can just slap the label on the prospect cards at each table and that way you don’t have to spend time filling out cards by hand.
2) Bring a bag, a pen and a small notebook. You’ll have a chance to pick up a ton of material from different schools, so bring a bag to carry it in. Don’t make your parents carry everything. You should also bring a pen and a notebook so you can record the answers you get from different admission representatives.
3) Ask questions. If you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask it because college fairs are more than just an opportunity to pick up information. Don’t walk away wishing you had asked about the study abroad program or Greek life. We enjoy the conversations and are happy to answer your questions.
I hope to see you on the road!
– Stacy Richardson