What purpose should students expect to achieve at a college fair?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    College counseling director Jerome Cole discusses what expectations students should set before going to a college fair.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Host: What purpose should students expect to achieve at a college fair?

    Jerome Cole: I think that the expectation should be that, a student should go with the idea of, there are going to be 100 schools here or a 200 schools here and I am going to hit four or five. Set a reason what expectation, make sure that you get the each type of, make sure that you get some face time with that individual.

    Normally, they all have these little cards these little post cards, so they ask you to fill out. It takes all like two minutes to do, so make sure you do that, make sure you shake the person s hand, look them in their eye, say to them very, very clearly, hi! I am Jerome Cole, I am from X school, that kind of thing. Ask some questions about the school, so always have one or two questions in mind about things which you are going to ask that individual and so those should be your expectations, get to four or five schools and then you probably get out there, because those things can be very, very chaotic.