By Divine Hanna
On April 26, Granada Hills Charter held its annual college fair. With over 150 colleges in attendance, this free Western Association for College Admission Counseling event was the largest college fair in Los Angeles County since 2018.
The fair offered students and parents the opportunity to communicate with admissions officers from across not just the nation, but also the globe. From The American University of Rome to UCLA, those who attended were able to expand their horizons when it comes to the endless options there are when applying to prospective colleges.
Since the pandemic’s outbreak, GHC’s college fairs have strictly taken place online in efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Fortunately, with the decline in cases the long-awaited event was able to finally take place in-person. Since it was held outside, masks were also optional.
This successful fair was open to the public and not just GHC students. Hundreds of students and families from across the city joined in on the informative and worthwhile opportunity.
Many were able to gain insight into the application process, learning more about financial aid, various majors, and campus-life.
It is quite evident that the transition from high school to college is not a simple one. However, the college fair aided students in understanding the process more.The fair also helped parents attain more knowledge about student-life and academics in many different colleges.
“The college fair was a great experience! It gave me an opportunity to see if a school was right for me. I was able to learn about schools I initially never thought about,” junior Katharine Coleman said.
From the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, many different majors and career interests were represented. The UC schools had the longest lines of this fair.
Many students received great advice from the college representatives.
“Read! You guys are going to get a lot of emails and communication and it’s important that you read what you are receiving. Some of it can be general information, but the email you apply to the university with is the one that we also communicate important information. Make sure you read your email so you don’t miss out on any scholarship opportunities,” Nova Southeastern University’s associate director Lauren Siwek said.
If you missed this event and want to begin your college-search journey, the College and Career Office is here to help. It is never too late to contact your individual college counselor and find out what is right for you.