By Sophia O’Neal, Clarion Staff
Over the past few months, two different college nights were held at John F. Kennedy High School. These events were intended to provide information for college-bound seniors and their parents in a relaxed setting.
The first event was held on September 16, when Kennedy hosted the 18th Annual Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Recruitment Fair. HBCU was designed to educate students of African descent; most are located in southern states.
There were 46 universities represented at the fair and many were accepting seniors on the spot if they provided transcripts and recent SAT scores. Tables were set up to complete paperwork as well as a copier to print out extra copies of transcripts and SAT scores. Black sororities and fraternities were also present offering scholarships and mentorships.
This event was not limited to African-American students but open to anyone who wanted to attend or simply get more information about HBCU colleges. The HBCU representatives coming to California to represent their schools provided an important opportunity for Kennedy seniors.
This was an amazing event that got students thinking about college more, as well as making the application process easier. Mya Johnson, a student at Kennedy who attended this event, says, “It was nice and ever explanatory, plus the guy was very enthusiastic. I went to every one except for community colleges.”
On October 19, Kennedy held another college night in the auditorium and several classrooms on campus. Representatives from private colleges, UC, CSU, and Los Rios Community College District were present. The college night was held in a seminar-like style that informed students about school requirements, the application process, and majors. The seminar focused more on individuals and gave students and parents the chance to ask questions. Kennedy culinary students provided finger food for the event.
This time of the year, many seniors are stressed about applying for college taking SAT and ACT tests. Students should take advantage of college fairs to help them make informed decisions about how they will spend the next four years of their lives.