Guide to a Successful College Fair Experience: an Action Plan, Part 2 of 2:
As the second in a two-part series, Live@Legacy visits with Rebekah Radney, Director of College Advising at Legacy Christian Academy, who shares how to successfully navigate the college fair experience.
Legacy’s annual college fair will be held on Thursday, August 31st from 6:30 until 8:00 pm in the Upper School commons. Over 65 colleges from around the country will be in attendance, ready to meet each student. The college fair is open to all students in grades 8-12.
5 Steps to a College Fair Action Plan:
- Dress to Impress: You want to make an impact, so I would recommend business casual or professional dress. After all, this could be the first person reading your application. However, Admissions representatives realize that you have obligations, and frankly they want students who are involved in extracurricular activities, so if you have to come from practice or rehearsal, that’s okay. Use your attire as a conversation starter; “I’m sorry I wasn’t able to change, as I just left practice, but I wanted to be here…”
- Engage with the Reps: This is a great opportunity to learn how to network with adults. As you visit each table, introduce yourself to the representative, look them in the eyes, shake their hand, and ask specific questions. Finally, thank them: Please make sure you thank them for their time and for attending the fair. You can even take a business card and follow up with a thank you email.
- Visit all the colleges: This is all about doing your research! Don’t just visit the colleges you know; visit the unfamiliar colleges too. You will learn, see different types of colleges, and hopefully get insight into all that colleges can offer you as a student.
- Be intentional with your...
- Time...if you have a list of priority schools, make sure you visit them first. Also, please be aware of other students who may be waiting to speak with them.
- Impression...You want your first impression to be a good one, and these reps could be the difference in your acceptance, so have a plan! One idea is to create a short statement of who you are and what you are looking for in a college to start the conversation.
- Questions...It can be awkward talking to a complete stranger about a school you know little to nothing about, so identify a few questions before you arrive. These can be specific to your desired major or address a list of things of you want in a school. A general question is always helpful too, such as “Can you tell me more about your school?”
- Complete the Cards: Each college will have a card for you to fill out with your basic information. It is crucial that you do this because colleges are now tracking your interest, and this goes into your admission decisions as a senior. A completed card is their record that they actually met you at this year’s college fair. A great way to save time is to pre-print address labels that include:
- Full Name
- Phone Number
- Email address (not your school address)
- Legacy Christian Academy and Class of 20xx.
We hope you find these tips helpful. While this is a great night for you to learn and gain exposure to different colleges, it doesn't stop here. Talk about this night as a family. It is important to talk about the colleges you found interesting, things you learned, and what you are excited about for college. It is also important to start talking about the logistics of paying for college and your realistic admissions goals.
I am here to help in these conversations and would love to connect with any student or family that wants to talk more about the college search process. While I will meet with each junior family, please know that my door is always open for conversation. " –Rebekah Radney, Director of College Guidance
We look forward to seeing you August 31st from 6:30-8:00pm in the Upper School commons. Please e-mail Rebekah Radney at email@example.com with any questions.
Legacy Christian Academy is Frisco's only Pre-K through 12 Christian school committed to educating students in a college preparatory environment balanced in academics, athletics, and fine arts--all within the context of a biblical worldview. For more information on Legacy, visit our admissions page.
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