College Fair Helps Underclassmen Learn About Options

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The high school gymnasium was packed on April 15 with college representatives manning tables covered in their school colors and displaying brochures, information cards and fun facts about their schools. More than 60 tables filled the room, offering something for everyone that visited.

The college fair allowed sophomores and juniors to learn about a variety of colleges and universities as well as facts about athletic recruitment, standardized test prep and military enrollment. The school counselors prepared a list of questions that students could ask to help them make the most of the fair.

High school guidance counselor Faith Keenan said that the college fair allows underclassmen to start getting an idea of what they are looking for before they have to submit applications in the fall of their senior year. “With so many schools in attendance, there is no risk in taking a brochure or asking a question, and often the answers to those questions help students narrow down what they are looking for in a college,” she said.

Ms. Keenan further explained that students may start to form relationships with the college representatives they meet, allowing them to email questions or make a good impression over the next year or two. “We invite a wide range of schools, from big to small and from geographically near to far,” she said.

Representatives from the United States Marine Corps and United States Army were also on hand to provide information about military options. Locust Valley’s Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Dr. Danielle Turner manned a table to help student-athletes learn about their options for playing collegiate-level athletics.

High school principal Patrick DiClemente said the guidance department did an excellent job of coordinating the college fair. “Our guidance counselors worked hard to ensure that students and their families were able to gather information about many different college experiences,” he said, adding that the guidance counselors will continue to work closely with students and answer questions about the college application process.