By Mark Rountree
STILLWATER, Okla. —
More than 1,100 high school students from eight schools are expected to attend the annual college fair Wednesday at Stillwater High School.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors from Stillwater, Morrison, Perry, Glencoe, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Frontier and Fairfield will convene from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the high school fieldhouse.
They will have a chance to gather information and get on mailing lists of 55 universities in the state, including Oklahoma State University and Northern Oklahoma College.
“It’s one of the biggest (college fairs) in the state for the number of universities and students in attendance,” said Michael White, guidance counselor and college fair coordinator at Stillwater High School.
Oklahoma State will be represented by recruiters from eight of the university’s colleges.
Also on hand will be Meridian Technology Center and recruiters from the military services.
“This event allows my students to have face-to-face conversations with adults without mom or dad there to force them to talk,” said Sabrina Wood, counselor at Morrison Public Schools. “It is a growing experience because it is their responsibility to seek out the information. Before the college fair, I will prep the students with examples of questions they might want to ask as they visit the college reps. That way they can feel more prepared to have those conversations. Also, it gives my students the opportunity to see the wide range of options available to them to think beyond OSU and NOC.”
Representatives of each of the universities will set up at tables throughout the fieldhouse. They will be visiting with students about options and opportunities that exist for their post-secondary education.
“College fairs are a wonderful opportunity for our students to gather a wealth of information about colleges and universities, all at one place,” said Lori Womack, guidance counselor at Frontier Public Schools. “They may not have the time or resources to visit a number of colleges, but get the opportunity to talk to many representatives during this time. They really enjoy the correspondence through mail and email that they start receiving after talking to the reps.
“Stillwater does a fantastic job each year of hosting many colleges and universities not only from Oklahoma, but from surrounding states. My students are looking forward to attending.”
Pawnee High School Principal Bobby Miller said the annual college fair is a chance for students to obtain information and have conversations face-to-face with college representatives.
“Students can ask questions and immediately get a response which has also proved to be extremely beneficial,” Miller said. “Our seniors are always excited to attend and are very grateful for the invitation.”