Parkway college fair helps prepare students for a higher education


Jane Fuller

Parkway South High School will be hosting the district-wide annual College Fair on Tuesday, Sept.16 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

One hundred and fifty representatives from two and four year colleges, universities, military and technical schools will be present at the fair.

“The college fair is ideal for juniors, applicable for sophomores and not out of the realm for seniors,” Counselor Chris Lorenz said. “Junior year is the staging period to narrow down a student’s college list.”

In years past, approximately 300 – 400 Parkway students attended the fair.

“Meeting the representatives face-to-face really helped me get a feel for the schools in a way that a brochure or website simply could never do, ” senior Sarah Shin said.

During the fall of 2013, Shin attended the fair.

“I learned about good schools whose names aren’t as big as Harvard, but still have appeal,” Shin said.

Lorenz suggests that students go into the fair with a plan.

“One tip I would give going into the fair is to do your homework. Have a list of questions you hope to get answered, that way you can make the most of this free opportunity,” Lorenz said.

Junior Anthony Carroll plans to attend the fair in order to learn more about four year in-state universities, such as Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO.

“I’m looking at Rolla because I want to major in Physics – it’s something I’ve been interested in since middle school,” Carroll said. “It’s a more personal experience.  I can get specific answers to my individual questions.”

In addition to getting questions answered, participants can expect to receive free college merchandise.