Milton Hosts Annual College Mini-Fairs
by Claire Russell on Friday, October 11th, 2013
Milton Academy hosted the annual college mini-fairs on September 26th and October 3rd in the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium. Milton’s college office has encouraged juniors and seniors as well as students from Milton High School, Fontbonne Academy, and Thayer Academy to attend and learn more about more than 50 colleges that come every year. These fairs exposed students and parents of the surrounding community to the college process and also provided attendees with the chance to converse with representatives of colleges of all different sizes, locations, and selectivity. These events welcomed anyone, whether students who already knew where they were applying, or ones who hadn’t begun to think about college.
Attending the college mini-fairs has numerous benefits. Ms. Klein-Ash, one of Milton’s college counselors, sees the mini-fairs as a great opportunity for students who are unable to visit many colleges. Students are given the occasion “to meet college representatives in-person” and “ask follow-up questions.”
According to Ms. Klein-Ash, the college office generally begins inviting colleges to these fairs in the late spring with the goal of inviting a broad range of schools. The office tries to include schools that many Milton students in the past have applied to and some schools that the college office believes “are worth considering.” While some cannot attend due to timing and scheduling conflicts, many of the colleges who cannot be at one of the fairs make daytime visits to Milton throughout the year.
Ms. Klein-Ash also emphasized that these colleges come to Milton to get to know students. These fairs are just as helpful to the college representatives as they are to the students. Ms. Klein-Ash says the colleges “love the opportunity to meet students and try to make themselves memorable to the students.” At most colleges, these representatives are assigned to Milton Academy, and “they are responsible for being the advocate for Milton students in the admission process.”
Students who attended these mini-fairs are polarized on the fairs’ usefulness. Brendon Piccinni (I) felt as though students used the mini-fairs to ask questions they already knew the answers to, hoping it would “increase their chances of admission.” Still, he thought that the mini-fairs were very well run and wer useful in the sense that they “open opportunities” for students to become introduced to schools they would not have typically known about.
Jessica Levey (I) disagreed, saying that the mini-fairs “do not really help students formulate a college list; however, meeting college officers can help you at some particular colleges.”
Erika Lamere (II) mentioned that she could have a more relaxed approach as she entered the college fair. She thought the best use of her time was “to just walk around and grab pamphlets” and see all the “different options” of colleges.
Ultimately, these college mini-fairs hosted by Milton Academy gave students and parents the chance to make personal connections with college representatives, facetime not to be underestimated. As Amy Kerr (I) said, “at last week’s college fair, I realized I really liked a college that I would have never considered before.”
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