Top 10 List to Prepare for College Fair

West Charlotte High School senior Nancy Contreras has attended Charlotte’s National College Fair for two consecutive years. She was recently accepted to her first choice school Appalachian State University where she will major in nursing. She is also a Gates Millennium Scholarship finalist. To help prepare students for the fair, she has developed a top 10 list:

1. Find a way to separate yourself from the crowd. Dress professionally with nice slacks or a skirt with a button down shirt. First impressions matter.

2. Work on your interview skills. Meeting with college advisors could turn into an on-site interview.

3. Be prepared to give the college advisor examples of your work including an essay, resume and/or a transcript.

4. Understand what kind of school you’re looking to attend. Ask yourself questions about what type of campus is suitable for you

5. Take this opportunity to learn about scholarships and financial aid.

6. Learn about the top programs offered at the schools.

7. Spend some time learning about the colleges and universities before you go to the fair. Collegeboard.org is a great resource.

8. Don’t just grab gifts, but pick up the pamphlets too.

9. Go in with the mindset to learn as much as you can about the different colleges.

10. Follow-up with the colleges that interest you. It’s a good idea to get the business card of the advisor you meet.

“The National College Fair opened my eyes to the various colleges and universities available,” says Nancy. “I first thought I wanted to go to a school with a larger campus, but realized it wouldn’t be the best fit for me. You have to figure out what school is best for you. After all, you’re the one who will attend.”

For more information about the Charlotte National College Fair, go to nacacnet.org or call 800-822-6285.