Over 60 colleges represented at this year’s annual College Fair

Balloons of hopes, dreams, and plans were thrown in the air at this year’s annual college fair at Broken Arrow High School Monday, Sept. 25. Over 60 different colleges were represented at the fair, which provided the students many opportunities to explore different college and career options.

“We are really pleased with the turnout for the college fair this year,” College and Career Counselor Kristin Carr said. “We had about 60 different colleges, and that’s a success in itself. I am also very pleased with the number of students and parents who attended the college fair to pick up information from the different colleges, and took advantage of the provided information.”  

Many BAHS students helped out with the college fair setup this year. One of them was senior Jacob Mattke, who really enjoyed the fair.

“The college fair helps me focus on my future,” said Mattke. “I don’t know exactly what college I want to attend after high school, but I have narrowed it down to OU, TU, and OSU.”

College fairs allow students to meet with college representatives and ask them any questions that they may have. A college fair can also give insight into what a college or university will be like. 

“You can start exploring different colleges as early as you start becoming interested in a certain career or having any preferences in where to go to college,” Carr said. “Students should for sure consider different college options by the time they are in the end of tenth or early eleventh grade. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you see a college that you are really interested in, but you don’t meet the qualifications because you haven’t done what needed to be done through high school to get into that college.”

Students who attended also had a chance to discover opportunities they didn’t know existed.

“I chose to help out with the fair because I’m in National Honor Society, and I was very interested in meeting new colleges,“ said junior Skylee Kelso. “I would like to go to NYU, OU, or OCU, to major in musical theatre.”

Hundreds of students attended the college fair and came home with more information about the different institutions. The College and Career Center is ready to help with any questions that students may have, and they are a good resource for students to help themselves. Exploring and applying to colleges begins and ends with the student, so don’t be too late with exploring options.