Normally, you would expect a college fair to draw a room full of high school seniors - eager to learn more about applications, financial aid and housing. But CUSD's College Fair at El Camino College Compton Center last week also attracted a sizable number of sophomores and juniors eager to start planning their journey toward college.
Ralonni’s twin brother, Ramari, says he appreciated the benefits of the college fair. “I now know what it takes to go to college and how I can actually learn something from college and really get the education I want. I want to be a lawyer, but I don’t know what kind I want to be yet. So I am just asking everyone here what will it take for me to get where I want to be.”
CUSD, in partnership with El Camino College Compton Center, invited students to participate in the college fair last Friday. Thirty-five colleges: CSUs, UCs, HBCUs and private institutions were on hand to provide students an opportunity to network with colleges and their representatives.
“UCLA completes what they call a holistic review. Where they look at different facets of the incoming students," says Jill Barker, Alumni Ambassador for UCLA. "So the main things they look at are their academic preparation and their personal criteria – their involvement in things outside of school and the context of their education and also if they are doing family responsibilities, work, community service, art, music and athletics."
In addition to the CSUs and the UCs, the College Fair also featured career colleges like the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).
“At FIDM we are a creative business college, so we have 26 majors (with) a variety of interests that are creative," explained Heather Gast, from FIDM. "We are looking for students who are very hardworking, that they have a very strong work ethic because it’s a rigorous curriculum. Someone who does well academically because they are willing to push themselves."
Ariyel Brown, senior at Centennial HS, says, “I think the benefit of college is for me to learn more things to be in a better place in my life. There are a lot of things going on in the world today, so I feel that anyone who can go to school should just do it.”
For more information on on future college fairs contact your school counselor or 310-900-1600 Ext. 2764