Students get information at Hispanic College and Career Fair


Stephanie Matsumoto

Juniors Bryanna Rodriguez and Shakira Rivera turn in a form asking for more information from Mills College.

By the time students are seniors they usually have a good idea of what colleges to apply for and go to after high school. However, before being seniors, they were juniors and weren’t as sure where they wanted to go due to not knowing as much information. Though students could find out more about the schools from online or visiting them, others can get information without having to go far at college and career fairs.

On Dec. 5, juniors walked to the University of Pacific for the Hispanic College and Career Fair. Unlike past fairs, students were only given permission to go if they were Hispanic and/or top ranked students of their class.

The fair took place on half of U.O.P’s basketball court and showcased schools such as University of California Irvine, Humphreys, and Sonoma State. Students were able to go to different college booths and get pamphlets about the school or ask questions to the person in charge of the booth.

Michell Felix, a junior, was able to learn more about the colleges she’s interested in from this fair. San Francisco and San Jose State were schools there that she wanted to go to due to knowing the area and wanting to major in Biology respectively.

“I got the stuff I need and the (booth advisers) gave me more information about my major.”

While she learned more about colleges, Felix found positives and negatives about the fair. It was smaller than what she expected and didn’t have many colleges that interested her.

Agreeing with Felix, junior Justin Thon felt that the fair was small. That wasn’t a problem to him however, due to the wider variety of colleges. Thon liked the Eastern Washington University because it was farther out of state and different from closer by universities. He found the fair worth his time away from school.

“I only missed two periods and got good information about colleges.”

The choices of colleges were also good to Belen Sandoval, a junior. Sandoval looked at many booths and found an interest in University of Nevada, San Francisco State, and University of Pacific.

“It was pretty good,” Sandoval said. “It was better than the last college fair I went to.”

The fair was an improvement to her because of the way it was directed as well as the variety of higher standard colleges. She said that going to the fair will benefit her in the future when making her final choice of a school.

“I signed up for a lot of colleges and I’m pretty sure they’ll contact me,” Sandoval said. “That way I’ll have a better idea of which one I want to go to for next year.