On October 19, Walla Walla High School hosted its annual college and career fair. Wa-Hi students of all grades visited the small gym to talk with representatives for colleges and occupations about opportunities outside of high school. The featured stations ranged from services such as the Marine Corp. to the prestigious University of Washington.
We thought it would be interesting to find how those involved actually felt about the event and set out to ask: Do you think the fair is an advantage to students, and if so, how?
Western Washington University representative: Oh definitely. With the smiles and information I’m sending out? I think the fair is worth it.
Renee Williams, 10th grade: The college fair? Well, I guess it’s ok.
Isaac Swanson, 11th grade: Yeah, it brought me into SeaTech so it obviously had an effect.
Brett Ferguson, 12th grade: I’d say so, it provides students with an opportunity to learn about the colleges they have or may not have thought about.
Philip Stilson, 12th grade: I think it’s helpful, you can get to learn more about school. Plus, it’s hard to navigate the websites. It’s easier to just talk to the colleges directly.
Kathy Pritcher, Wa-Hi Teacher: I don’t know. I would probably say yes. I’m seeing my students come back with good information about the fair. Though I do hate giving up a day of teaching. The problem is the students coming back two or three times.
Walla Walla Community College representative: Definitely, I think it’s all about the interaction. Students will come away feeling good about talking to us. And I think if they do feel good that interaction will stick in their heads and help them make a choice.