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Colleges Advise Students at National College Fair

School-Graduation2WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – College is supposed to be the best time of your life. But the days spent trying to get into college can be some of the most stressful. Monday, students from across the Pioneer Valley converged in the Eastern States Exposition to figure out just where they want to spend their college days.

College is an intimidating thing for many students; where to apply, how to pay for it, will they even get in? While information about schools is all over the internet, fairs like Monday’s National College Fair at the Big E give a bit more of a personal touch.

“I think being able to talk to somebody who’s there is much more real to them as opposed to being on the computer and just clicking the information.,” explained Matthew Darling, a teacher from Hampton Charter School.

That personal touch is just as important to admissions officers.

“It’s important when reviewing the applications to kind of put a face to a name, so we do enjoy meeting the students and getting to know more about their level of interest,” said Jaclyn Fitzgerald, an Admissions Counselor with Marist College.

While academics are always important when you’re looking to get into a good school, the schools that we spoke to said that they’re looking for more than just that. Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York is all about well-rounded students.

“We’re very community service driven and we like our students to be engaged on the campus and within the local community as well. So we do look for students who are challenging themselves in their coursework but also very involved outside the classroom as well and can bring that to the Marist community,” said Fitzgerald.

At Florida Institute of Technology, Norman Smith, Assistant Director of Admissions, said they’re interested in the ways students are already seeking to advance their careers.

“I always recommend they do is send a resume page when they include it because the application process itself can be somewhat limited in terms of them being able to talk about their experiences their lives their work experiences their activities,” he explained.

Norman Smith also said when students include a copy of their resume with their application it gives admissions officers a more complete picture of the applicant. He added it also gives a bit more human touch.

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