More than 5,000 students and parents filled the Texas Room at Amon Carter Exhibit Hall.
“College night is one of our most exciting nights during the entire school year,” said Michael Sorum, Deputy Superintendent of FWISD. “I hope that the students really see all of the possibilities that are out there.”
College recruiters from across the country brought handouts, booklets and school paraphernalia to give away to students.
Students, as well as parents, were able to ask college representatives questions about the enrollment process, scholarships, deadlines, and receive general information about the campus.
Sherry Breed, Chief of Leadership Learning and Student Support Services for FWISD said that not only are high school students attending the fair but also middle school students. She said that it is never too late to get excited about going to college and learning about what it takes to get there.
“Those that may not be thinking yet about college, get here and hear others and get excited about college,” said Breed.
Kristian Gayton, a 14-year-old freshman at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy, says that he is looking for a school that has a fine arts program like New York University, Baylor and Harvard.
“I feel like if I take a late start then I’m not going to get me an opportunity to search all of my choices. So it’s better to start earlier,” says Gayton.
A college recruiter from the University of St. Thomas, Jessica Correll, says that it is important to learn about as many colleges as possible, no matter what the size or notoriety of the college or university might be. She also suggests visiting the colleges to get a better idea of student life.
This event also acts as an information session for parents about to send their students to college, says Shelley Rynd, parent of four children in FWISD. “Whatever experience our first son has in the college process will probably help us with the other children,” says Rynd. “We have learned about the importance of having a high GPA and high test scores tonight.”
To receive assistance with completing college applications, scholarship applications and essays, visit www.fwisd.org to find an information session near you.