"How can I pay for my education?"
"What should I major in?"
These are some of the important questions many Compton Unified high school juniors and seniors ask around this time of year, which is why the District continues to team up with El Camino College Compton Center for its Annual College and Career Fair.
The annual event is an opportunity for students to learn all they can about various universities, colleges, scholarships, grants, financial aid, and career tech schools.
The 12th-grade basketball and football player, who currently serves as his school's Associated Student Body president, said he's looking into a career in international finance or real estate.
"I'm here to weigh my options and learn about FAFSA as well as athletic and academic scholarships," he explained. "My counselor told me to come but I motivated myself to be here. Without education you can't do anything in life. Earning a college degree is my backup plan in case I can't play sports professionally."
The aspiring veterinarian said she is considering attending UC Davis, Cal Poly Pomona, and UCLA but she still wanted to learn about other schools like the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"I want to learn how I can pay for college and admission requirements," she explained. "I'm also considering majoring in Fine Art, so it's good to see which schools have good art programs."
Consuelo added that besides tapping into her love for animals, painting, and music, college offers her the opportunity to build a better life.
"I want a better future. I don't want to struggle like my parents and I want to work at something that I love," she noted.
"I've never been to a college fair," she said. "I want to learn more about college majors because I want to be a social worker."
Briana said college admissions representatives like Cal Poly Pomona's Ariel Jacobs (left) were very helpful.
"I'm looking at two year colleges so I can transfer to a university. So far I like what Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Long Beach offer."
John is seriously considering majoring in business at several universities including BYU Idaho, BYU Hawaii, Humboldt University, and Cal State East Bay.
"I excel at math, so I know I'd be good in the business world. I could work as an accountant or as an executive. Those jobs make good money but you can't do that unless you get a good education," he said. "That's why I want to go to college. I want to have a good life and to help my parents out."
"I can't decide which schools stand out to me the most. I don't know what I want to major in. That's why I talked to people from all the colleges who were there today," she said.
"Financial aid is maybe the most important thing for me to learn about. It's hard for some people to go to college, so I took time to get information on scholarships and loans."
Jasmine said that although she is still trying to decide on a college major, she still knows the value of college or career tech.
"Education is important to me because I want to make something of myself," she said.