College Fair

Sean SImonson

As the school year enters its final months, college fever enters the junior class with the college fair. Almost 120 schools were present at this year’s fair which took place on April 20, and Benilde-St. Margaret’s students visited representatives from schools from around the nation.

This year, many new schools were present at the event, while a few big name schools–such as Georgetown and Harvard–were absent. The majority of the schools that attended were located in the Midwest, but schools from both coasts were there as well such as Stanford and Colombia University.

The college fair was in conjunction with the junior class’s college portfolio, as all juniors were required to attend. “It was nice to have the opportunity to look at colleges before the big rush,” said junior Shannon Cron.

Junior Alex Patow agreed, saying that he found it helpful in planning for next year. “I learned a lot by talking to actual representatives from the schools,” said Patow.

The college-guidance department is please by the results as well. “I thought it was the best ever,” said college councilor Amy Desmond. According to Desmond, over 450 people attended the fair, including students from Holy Family and De La Salle.

“I even received several comments from college representatives who love our fair,” said Desmond, who also reported that the representatives just love the BSM-brand chap-stick given to them every year. But the chap-stick isn’t the reason they keep coming back; it’s the polite students who actually ask questions, said Desmond.