On September 20th, a College Fair was held at East Central College in Union. New Haven brought four students, along with Mr. Peirick to the College Fair. Almost one thousand people showed up to ECC’s College Fair.
Most of the colleges that sent representatives were from Missouri. However, there were representatives sent from colleges as far out as Florida. Some of the colleges that sent representatives were Columbia College, Murray State University, Mississippi State, Drury University, Marian University, and Stephens College.
At this year’s college fair, participating colleges used scan codes instead of having students fill out information on cards. Each student that attended had an individual scan code. This allowed information about the students to be easily accessible.
Students were asked to sign up for this event at strivefair.com. The site asked you questions about what you wanted to major in as well as contact information so that colleges could easily contact the students that let them scan their code.
When asked about the scan codes, Megan Boehmer, a senior that attended the college fair, said, “I loved the scan code that they did! It worked so much more efficiently than writing [it] down. I felt that writing down information made me feel like I was in a rush. With the scan code, they got all your information in a second!”
When the college fair was over, the students had positive things to say about it. Megan said, “I thought the college fair was a good experience. It allowed kids to adventure to different college booths and get to know more information about the college. It opened my eyes to other colleges that I had never considered.”
She also said that the college fair opened her eyes to colleges that she didn’t even know existed beforehand.
Another student that went said, “Students that are planning on going to college in the future could greatly benefit from this experience.”
New Haven has only attended these fairs for two years. Mr. Peirick was a little disappointed with the turnout of students from New Haven this year, but he hopes that next year more will be willing to attend.