Making the most of college fairs in RI

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Feb 25, 2015 9:53:00 AM

Student_Library_Group-563623-editedIs a college fair on its way to your town? Not sure how to take the right approach to college fairs? When you go to college fairs in RI, you must be prepared and armed with confidence. Just showing up to a college fair is not enough for you to make the impact you need for your future. 

Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of the college fairs in Rhode Island. 

Determine What Kind of College You Want To Attend

Now that it's time for college planning, you will need to determine what kind of college to attend. Take some time to really examine yourself and what you would like out of your college experience. Ask yourself these kinds of questions:

  • What size college will be a good fit for me?
  • What will my major be?
  • What kinds of extracurricular activities do I want to participate in?
Write down your list of must haves for your ideal college. Research colleges that will be at the fair that meet your standards for college. Come up with questions to ask these college representatives to help you find out more about the institution. Typically, many institutions will be in attendance to these fairs so narrow down your list to prevent getting caught up in the whirlwind of colleges that aren't a good fit for you. 

Have A Game Plan

Going to a college fair blind will leave you feeling like a fish out of water. A crowded room with tables set up everywhere can easily make you feel overwhelmed and thus unproductive. Maximize your time by picking up a directory as soon as you arrive at the fair. Make a beeline for the colleges you highlighted as top picks on your list. 

Once you spot a free representative, introduce yourself and strike up a conversation to find out more information about the school. Ask each of the college representatives the same questions to help identify which school you like best. Take notes so that you can compare answers later. Bring your own contact labels so that you don't have to constantly fill out request forms to stay in touch. Remember to be conversational and make eye contact with everyone you meet. Make an impact with the representative you speak with and try not to be just another face in the crowd.  

Step Outside the Box

College fairs offer many resources to help you learn some important aspects of college planning. In the midst of mingling with college representatives, take some time to visit an information session or workshop that the fair has to offer. There may be a plethora of information available like college application help, financial aid presentations, and career planning assistance. Although attending a workshop may not be a top priority, you may be surprised at what you can learn.  

Final Touch

Book a free college planning appointment Once the fair is over, you don't have to stop there. Further narrow down your top college list with information you gathered at the fair and from doing your own research on the schools. Take one more step to show your interest in the school by sending the representatives a thank you email or letter. Let the school know that you are willing to take further steps to show your interest.  

Are you ready to take on the next college fair that comes to town? Visit the College Planning Center of Rhode Island to learn more college planning tips.  

Topics: College Planning