College Fair offers options for students' future
CAMP ZAMA, Japan -- More than 20 representatives from state-side colleges, local international colleges and military schools talked with students and their family members during the Zama American High School College Fair held Nov. 19 inside the school's cafeteria.
Robert Chance, school liaison officer, said about 70 participants including the college representatives, students and the family members participated in the event.
"The college fair is put together to help the kids in our community prepare for college," said Chance. "It's an eye-opener for them."
The college fair provides the participants with avenues to get college materials, information on financial programs, scholarships and applications, and a chance to talk with school representatives.
"We try to make it annually; whenever we can before the college entry time comes up," said Chance. "The sooner the better to prepare for college."
One of the school representatives, Lt. Cmdr. Leslye Green M.D., M.P.H., assigned to Medical Corps, U. S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, said the "college process" can seem a bit overwhelming.
"We are encouraging [students] that this is the time to start thinking about a college," said Green. "Always think one step ahead to meet your goals."
Green said she is glad that the college fair is locally available so that "our students overseas don't feel left out on the college application process."
Students are often encourage to look online or to google the information, said Green; however, there are so many colleges and universities out there that are available.
"Sometimes actually having one-on-one personable interaction with someone from the university or the school does help, 'bring it home,' to [the students], and help them understand, and bring some clarity to the whole confusing process," said Green.
Kimi Stuckey, a 12th-grader from ZAHS, said she gained more information by going to the booths and talking with the representatives face-to-face, than she would have gained by looking online.
"College is my future," said Stuckey. "It will be nice to know what I am going into- it is going to be my next 4 years of school and I want to make sure it is great."
Mark Muravez, an 11th-grader from ZAHS, said the college fair was better than he expected it to be.
"I was attending [the college fair] to look more at the military ROTC or the military academies- more information on how to join-the application process."
Chance said the college fair helps those students who don't know what they want to do by giving them the opportunity to talk with people who have been through the process already- picking a college, filling out applications, and etc.
"My biggest advice for students is to prepare for college," said Chance.
Alyssa Bowles, a 12th-grader from ZAHS, said she is undecided on a college and by attending the college fair she can see what is being offered. She said learning about colleges and about what to do in your future beforehand is "really important."
"Think about your future a long time before the future comes to you," said Bowles.