By Andrea Jimenez
“I think providing [the Graduate and Professional School Fair] for students provides a one-stop shopping for them to be able to look at the many, many options they have,” said Chapman University administrative assistant director Sharon Krueger.
The Graduate and Professional School Fair gave relief to students interested in graduate school by trying to ease the stressful and hectic process of obtaining information about universities.
“Doing the research all on your own is kind of daunting,” said Ana Gozalez, a second-year psychology student. “I’ve spent over 12 hours just researching universities. Having someone there to talk to and answer questions that you can’t find online is really helpful.”
Cal Poly Pomona’s Career Center hosted the annual event on Thursday in the University Quad and had 97 schools that attended the fair.
The fair offered the opportunity for students to acquire any information about graduate programs, universities and how to get started. Many students who attended the fair were pleased with the variety of schools that were available to them.
It takes a year to plan for the fair, said Tom Munnerlyn, Career Center Director, “We have to send invitations out [to the schools], reserve the quad, and try to add more schools [to attend the fair].”
Students were able to talk to universities from many regions, including many from California.
“I’m considering UCLA, USC and Cal Poly Pomona actually,” said Omar Arcadia, fourth-year international business marketing student.
Arcadia said one of the benefits the Graduate Fair was speaking to different university counselors face-to-face.
“It’s so much easier to talk to an admissions counselor in person as to just send them an email because an email can be very vague,” said Arcadia. “You can ask a general question and they’ll provide a general answer and then you get frustrated.”
Krueger explained that graduate school is not for anyone, but those looking for an extra challenge should seriously consider it.
“I think the students who really want that extra challenge or want to move on to become professors, or go into advanced research or be able to have a higher leg up in the business world which is becoming competitive [should pursue it],” said Krueger. “I think that, for many people it’s important but I don’t think it’s for everybody.” Many students value the Graduate Fair for many different reasons especially those who have attended the fair and have gone off to graduate school.
Reggie Robles, Career Center graduate intern and 2012 CPP alumnus recalls attending the Graduate Fairs and the opportunities they provided for him.
“I actually went to all the fairs because I knew I wanted to do law school,” said Robles.
Robles eventually changed his interest in the type of graduate school he wanted to attend, but said that the Graduate Fair helped him regardless.
“The good thing about going through that [is that it] really opened my eyes,” said Robles. “I was really intentional with the schools I was picking because I wanted to stay in Southern California and it was a great place because a bunch of the schools [at the fair] are from Southern California.”
Robles is one of the many students who has benefitted from the Graduate Fair and continues to advance with all the resources that CPP has provided.
“This is a good opportunity [for students],” said Munnerlyn. “All these schools are literally in [the students] front yard and gives them a chance to do a face-to-face and find out a little bit more about that school or graduate program.”
Rawan Salameh/The Poly Post
Career Center brings Graduate and Professional School Fair back to CPP
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