By Jim Lambert
Most members of Union Catholic’s Class of 2020 attended a College Fair that was presented by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) on Wednesday at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows in Secaucus.
There were colleges from all over the country on hand to answer questions and help students learn about the college process.
Sister Donna Jo Repetti, OSF, a school counselor at Union Catholic, said it was an eye-opening very informative, and important experience for the students as they begin their college search.
“There are kids who can’t necessarily travel far and speak with certain college representatives, and many of the college representatives aren’t able to come to our school, so the College Fair provides an opportunity for that, and gives the student the ability to create and demonstrate interest in a school,’’ said Sister Donna Jo. “We let our kids know how important it is for them to make contact with the schools they are interested in.’’
During the event, students had the opportunity to learn about several aspects about the entire college process.
“The College Fair helps students discover possibilities and maybe find options they weren’t even thinking about,’’ said Sister Donna Jo. “There were also some great side seminars and workshops. I attended the one on financial aid. They also had workshops for athletes, for the college admissions process, for student loans, scholasrships, SAT/ACT testing, and there were college advisors on hand to provide students with a one on one discussion. The richness of immediate feedback from college representatives was great.’’
Sister Donna Jo said the students were very excited and received valuable information.
“The students were enthused and they felt informed, and many students came upon schools they weren’t even considering, which was an eye-opener. It was a great learning lab for the whole college process. All the knowledge the students gained will provide for informed decision making.’’