Which is the fairest College Fair in all the land?
Why, the National College Fair, of course, hosted by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and coming to Long Island (Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale) on Sunday, October 2, 2011 (11 AM to 4 PM).
Admission to the College Fair is FREE. [There is a nominal fee for parking.]
With more than 350 colleges and universities in attendance, and upwards of 10,000 students and parents expected to stream through the doors of the Coliseum (if only the NY Islanders could draw nearly as well), the frenzy to gather information, speak with college representatives, and one-up classmates who may have missed a booth or neglected to fill out a request for a Viewbook, begins.
Did we say stream in the doors? What we should have said was, like salmon swimming upstream. The crowds. The lines. The sheer madness of where do we go, who do we talk to, what should we ask, are we ever going to make it through this day, let alone the college application and admissions process?
As the late clothier, Sy Syms used to say, "an educated consumer is our best customer!" And so it follows, that a student -- and his or her parents -- who come to the College Fair prepared, forewarned, and armed with the necessary essentials to successfully navigate the Fair -- from its workshops on financial aid to its informal meetings with college admissions officers -- will get the most out of this crazy, angst-ridden day.
And how to prepare for the College Fair, you may ask?
Well, the first step -- and this is crucial -- is to pick up a copy of The School Guide's Long Island College Conference Manual. Copies will be available in your high school's Guidance Office approximately two (2) weeks before the Fair. Get a copy (before they're all gone), read it, study it, plot your course, plan your day, see who's who and what's what, and be ready![The College Conference Manual can also be viewed digitally at www.flipdocs.com/showbook.aspx?ID=10001670_592341.
Learn about the Information Sessions. Review the floor plan, so you know exactly where to find the colleges that interest you. Complete Student Response Cards IN ADVANCE of the Fair. Scan the QR Codes with your smart phone and avoid the hassle of waiting on endless lines. Save time. Save energy. Save what little is left of your sanity!
Be sure to take a copy of the College Conference Manual with you to the Long Island College Fair on October 2. It will be your road map to a meaningful, exciting, relatively relaxing day at the Fair.
As a college-bound high school student, or the stressed out parent of one, in the midst of that perfect storm of preparing college applications, visiting college campuses, and drafting countless essays and personal statements, you are on a need to know basis.
The College Conference Manual gives you what you need to know, before you go!
Okay. So there won't be any all-day ride bracelets or cotton candy at this Fair. [If, however, you stand in just the right place, with a favorable breeze wafting from the bowels of the Nassau Coliseum, you can just about smell the elephants in residence from the most recent appearance of the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus!]
The 2011 Long Island National College Fair may not be The Greatest Show on Earth but, unless you're planning on going to Clown College (and even then), the Nassau Coliseum is the place to be -- for children of all college-bound ages -- on Sunday, October 2!
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Check out the honorable mention of College Connection on page 63 of School Guide's College Conference Manual. Mention College Conference Manual when calling College Connection, and receive a 10% discount on all college planning services.
See you at the College Fair!
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