Milton College Fairs
by The Milton Measure on Friday, September 21st, 2012
With the new school year underway, upperclassmen students are constantly reminded of the college process. Milton annually hosts two college mini-fairs during the fall for students to learn about different colleges and the diverse opportunities they offer.
Each fair includes a wide range of schools from east to west, large to small, and urban to rural. The admissions representatives from each college are eager to speak with prospective students and answer questions.
Recent Milton alumna EJ Bennett (‘12), who now attends Villanova University, says the fairs to be “helpful for getting basic info early on in the process.” EJ thinks that attending fairs is important for juniors as well as seniors because the fairs allow early exposure for juniors to “get an idea of schools [they] may not have heard of.”
Sydney Adedemola (II) attended the most recent fair, where she received information about a wide variety of colleges. Sydney called the information “interesting, but not too heavy. It was just enough to get me thinking about what kind of college I may want to go to.” Upon entering the fair, Sydney felt no pressure or anxiety to find the perfect college but simply went to get her feet wet and see what possibilities exist for her.
Stress is a common feeling among many of Milton’s upperclassmen; however, students find ways to keep their stress at bay. Lillie Simourian (I) says that the process is “not stressful unless you make it stressful.” She tries not to plan her life around her college essays; rather, she writes as her thoughts come to her.
Simourian has been on many college visits, relying on her “gut feeling” to judge a particular school. She also notes that staying organized with school work and college information helps relieve stress, especially since once everything is organized, her “parents have nothing to bug [her] about.” Lillie’s advice for juniors, however, is to simply “chill out and have fun.”
From year to year, Milton students seem to share the mentality that the college process is what you make of it. Being timely and informed is important, but being too focused on college too early can become very stressful. Striking a balance and managing your time between having fun and getting down to business can in turn reduce stress.
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