Take Advantage Of College FairsPosted by Josh Flory on 9/18/2018
Choosing a college can be confusing, but attending a college fair can make things easier.
There are several fairs coming up in Knox County, including the KCS College and Career Fair, which will be held on Sep. 25 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park.
The event will feature representatives from more than 80 colleges and universities, including four-year institutions, community colleges and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.
While local schools will be well-represented, the fair will also feature out-of-state colleges, and representatives of the military and other careers will be on hand.
So how can you get the most of out a college fair? Here are some tips.
Tip #1: Make A List
Do you like the excitement of a large university, or the close-knit feel of a small college? Do you prefer staying close to home, or spreading your wings? Are you planning to study engineering, or do you get excited about the liberal arts?
Make a list of five or six schools that seem like a good fit, and then make sure to visit their tables at the fair.
Tip #2: Be Open-Minded
It’s great to be prepared, but keep an open mind. If an unexpected college catches your eye, stop and find out more information. Sometimes the best choices are ones you never saw coming.
Tip #3: Break Away From The Pack
It’s great to travel with your crew, but don’t let your friends choose a college for you.
You can always stop to learn more about an intriguing college or university, then catch up with the group later.
Tip #4: Ask Good Questions
A college fair is a great chance for a one-on-one conversation, so make the most of it. Here are some possible questions:
What types of social and extracurricular activities are popular at your campus?
Does your school offer any financial aid opportunities?
What is a typical class size for freshmen courses?
Do you provide assistance with obtaining internships or jobs?
Tip #5: Make A Good Impression
While colleges are trying to sell themselves to you, remember that the opposite is also true.
Standard rules of courtesy apply: Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, don’t grab an armful of swag.
If you like what you’re hearing, fill out an information card to get on the email list.