College. One word that could have a huge impact on the next four years of your life and beyond. But another word that could make an even bigger impact on that? Choice.
With so many options to choose from for college education, how can you make sure you pick a school that will not only give you the best quality of education, but could ultimately create a huge impact on your professional future?
Luckily, the abundance of college fairs is on the rise! These fairs are a great way to start figuring out your college choices, determine which campuses you may want to personally visit, and learn more about the opportunities available at each school.
When attending college fairs, there could be dozens – or potentially hundreds – of schools to look at. This could create an overwhelming environment for prospective students if you don’t come prepared. When talking to recruiters, it could be helpful to have a list of questions ready to go. Being prepared will not only help you gain information about a school, but it could make an impression and help you stand out from the crowd.
Here’s a basic list of questions and suggestions to get you started in preparing for College Fairs:
- Don’t ask something you could learn from the website.
- Questions like, “What is the tuition cost?” or “What majors do you have?” are things that can be found on most institution’s websites. Researching this information before will help you maximize your time with a college representative, by giving more time to ask better questions.
- What makes your college different?
- This is a great question because it can apply to any school, regardless of size, location, or programs offered. Depending on how the question is answered, you could learn more about accreditations, job placement rates, internship opportunities, and more! An answer to a question like this could make your decision of picking a school much easier.
- What kind of clubs or organizations are offered on campus?
- The college experience is more than just academic. Getting involved is a way to not only meet people, but give you opportunities to beef up your resume. Employers like to see these things on resumes, because it shows more than just academic achievement. Being involved can present skill building opportunities, leadership opportunities, and more.
- I’m interested, but what are the next steps?
- It’s important to know how to follow up with a recruiter. Before you leave the booth at a college fair, make sure you collect any necessary information from the recruiter, including email addresses, brochures, campus visit information, etc. Being proactive in getting that information could be another opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
Ready to ask questions now?