Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Through the Eyes of a Student

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Through the Eyes of a Student

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Editorial note: An institution's purpose for attending a college fair is to attract high school students to their campuses. Black Issues thought it would be interesting to hear from a student who attended. The following is his report.

WASHINGTON - I am a high school junior now, so I guess its time to get serious about my immediate future - namely college. Where do I want to spend the first four years of my young adult life? Of course I want to go to a college that fulfills my academic and social needs, but there are so many of them out there.

The Washington, D.C., National College Fair, which was sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, offered what I thought would be the perfect place to begin my search for my perfect school. According to the association approximately 5,000 other students visited with representatives from 165 schools during the two-day fair earlier this month.

My present thoughts about a future career involve engineering. Before I went to the fair. I did some research and discovered that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the California Institute of Technology, and Stanford are considered three of the top engineering schools in the country. While I was hoping to get some additional information from these schools - which did not attend the fair, much to my disappointment - I was still eager to question some of the other engineering schools.

I arrived at the fair with my dad and we were greeted with a bag full of helpful information, including a book of college facts and a pamphlet of college shopping tips. An announcement that a financial aid workshop was about to begin caught our ear. My dad, being the thrifty man that he is, suggested that we attend.

For us, this turned out to be a waste of time. After watching my parents deal with the financial-aid process with my older sister for four years, I already knew what the seminar leader was telling us about keeping grades up, filing applications on time, who is responsible for paying for my education, the types of financial aid available, and things like that.

After the workshop, I made my way. to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute table. There, a friendly person with concise answers gave me a lot of information on RPI's research programs, equipment, and facilities - and even told me about students who were published in academic journals before they graduated college. …

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