Disappointing student turnout at Grad Fair

By Ana Brenda Ibarra

Student representation was low at Cal Poly Pomona’s Annual
Graduate and Professional School Fair last Tuesday, despite the
Career Center’s efforts to publicize the event weeks in
advance.

Representatives and graduate students from various universities
arranged booths at the Bronco Commons to provide aspiring graduate
students with information.

Some of the universities present included Azusa Pacific
University, Chapman University School of Law, Claremont Graduate
University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and
University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.
The Princeton Review Inland Empire was also present.

Jessica Hudson, University of California, Los Angeles admissions
coordinator, said the low turnout could have been due to the
placements of the booths on campus.

“I haven’t had a lot of traffic. I’ve had maybe three people
come up to me,” said Hudson.

The few students who attended the Graduate and Professional
School Fair roamed around stopping to ask questions at the tables
of interest.

“[The Grad Fair] was helpful because the representatives
answered all the questions that sometimes websites can’t,” said
Tiffany Harvey, a sixth-year psychology student and fall 2011
graduate school applicant. “Being able to talk to both the
representatives and the current graduate students was beneficial
because you were able to hear two inputs from different
perspectives.”

It was not just grad school applicants in attendance, younger
students who may be years away from graduation were also
present.

“I feel that if people actually took the time to come out here,
they could get a lot of information,” said Analucia Aliaga, a
first-year animal science student. “It really is a great
opportunity, and it’s never too early to start thinking about
furthering one’s education.”

Some of the more-visited tables were USC’s School of Pharmacy
and School of Social Work.

“So far, [Cal Poly Pomona students] have been really great, they
are really informed, which is definitely a plus,” said Yao Leung, a
graduate student at USC’s School Occupational Science and
Occupational Therapy.

Leung also emphasized the importance and advantage of having the
opportunity to talk to a current graduate student.

“More students should attend events like the Grad Fair because
they could find representatives who will educate them about
admissions and they will also find grad students to inform them
about student life,” said Leung.

Associate Director of Recruitment at Pepperdine University’s
Graziadio School of Business Management Michelle Blas was left with
a similar impression of Cal Poly Pomona students.

“I think [Cal Poly Pomona students] are very intelligent, and
it sounds like they’re all planners. I’d say, so far, it’s been a
productive day.”

Blas also offered advice to students interested in graduate
school.

She suggested students do their research, look very close at
each school’s curriculum and know what standardized tests to
take.

“Write your goals down; know what you want,” said Blas.

Disappointing student turnout at Grad Fair

Daniel Nguyen/The Poly Post

Disappointing student turnout at Grad Fair

Disappointing student turnout at Grad Fair

Daniel Nguyen/The Poly Post

Disappointing student turnout at Grad Fair

Disappointing student turnout at Grad Fair

Daniel Nguyen/The Poly Post

Disappointing student turnout at Grad Fair

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