Majors unevenly represented at grad fair

By Kyleena Harper

When it comes to planning the next step after Cal Poly, students
often rely on the information they receive from grad fairs, and
this year’s fair just didn’t cut it for them.

The Graduate and Professional School Fair hosted by the Career
Center Thursday was a hit with the representatives, but not with
the students.

From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University Quad, students
were able to speak to representatives from over 70 graduate
admission programs. The representatives helped students gather
information about admission criteria curriculum and educational
opportunities.

Pamela Abell, director of the MBA Program at California State
University, San Bernardino, said there weren’t as many students as
she had been expecting.

“It has been a little slow this year, but the slowness has been
beneficial to us, because it gives us more quality time to speak
with each student individually,” said Abell.

Kaitlin Traver, a fifth-year environmental biology student, was
researching different options for the environmental science track.
Traver also attended a Grad Fair at UC Irvine recently, but said it
was packed and hard to speak to anyone personally.

“There were a lot of schools that came but I wished there had
been more schools geared toward the biological services instead of
focusing on just engineering or business,” said Traver.

Robert Chuang, a third-year construction engineering student,
said he had a great time at the fair.

“All of these programs are great, it is going to be hard to
narrow down which ones I want to apply to when the time finally
comes,” Chuang said, while showing off all the pamphlets he had
collected that day.

Another program was the University of Riverside’s Graduate Study
in Mathematics. Krista Anderson, UCR’s Representative, says that
their program has a table at Cal Poly Pomona’s Fair every year. She
encourages students to start looking into Graduate school before
their final year in college.

“Waiting until you’re practically ready to graduate to look for
a Graduate Program is the same as waiting until you graduate to
search for a job – it will only make things harder in the long run
for you,” Anderson said.

Danielle Deovlet, a third-year English literature and language
student, said she was looking for different programs that would
apply to her degree. She was slightly disappointed to find that
only a small portion of the Fair actually applied to her
degree.

“It took me a while to find a booth that dealt with English and
stuff, instead of engineering, med school, or law school,” Deovlet
said.

She said that what she did find on creative writing and
literature as graduate schooling options were really helpful, and
that she will be looking into them.

The representatives were very happy with the turnout, as well as
their chance to get to speak with students one on one.

“I prefer this type of Fair to the ones I normally attend,”
Abell said. “It’s a large number of students without it being
overwhelming for me.”

For students, it seems that although some were content with what
was offered this year, most are looking for more.

Grad Fair

Adrian Samora / The Poly Post

Grad Fair

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