An abundance of universities will provide information at the Poway Unified School District’s 2019 College and Career Fair on Oct. 17.

Students can attend the College and Career Fair

By Bella Ross

All students in the Poway Unified School District are invited to explore the opportunities of post-high school life at the 2019 College and Career Fair on Oct. 17.

The fair, which will feature more than 115 different universities, trade schools, community colleges and military representatives, will take place at Rancho Bernardo High School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. All students are encouraged to attend the event, regardless of their grade level.

Emily Stevenson, a career technical education counselor for the district who is helping to plan the fair, said freshmen may benefit from attending the fair just to get an eye for the field, whereas seniors may consider going to ask questions specific to their college applications.

“I think the great thing is, it’s an opportunity for students to talk to college admissions counselors,” Stevenson said. “Even if it’s not a school that they think they want to attend or maybe it’s a school they’ve never even heard of, they have the opportunity to pick the brains of the person that may very well be reading their application if they apply.”

On top of the sea of vendors that plan to set up for the fair, there will also be two waves of informational sessions in which families can learn about topics such as attending community college, highly selective universities, internships and collegiate sports.

Stevenson said students should prepare for the event by researching the list of vendors in attendance, allowing them to ask specific questions and zero-in on their schools of interest. She also said students should consider looking into schools they wouldn’t normally consider.

“Maybe pick some schools you’ve never heard of,” Stevenson said. “Pick a big school, a small school, a rural school. You know, kind of go on and research them and see, ‘What do I like? What don’t I like?’”

Some things she said to consider are the school’s major program – and whether they stand out in comparison to other schools’ – and what student social life looks like on the campus.

There is no need to “dress to impress,” but Stevenson said families should consider showing up early, as parking will be tight. No RSVP is required, and the event is offered at no cost.

For more information about the event, including the full list of vendors in attendance, visit