Students look toward educational future at Graduate and Professional School Fair

By Melissa Lopez

Recruiters from some 90 graduate and professional schools across the country were in attendance to informally meet students and provide them with information on programs to fit their future educational endeavors.

Students of all majors and class standings attended the Graduate and Professional School Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

“This event gives students the opportunity to talk to representatives about the different programs offered, deadlines and the application process,” Tom Munnerlyn, the Career Center Director, said.

In preparation for the day-long event, the Career Center held the Graduate School Planning workshop to give students a general idea of what some institutions may require for admission.

The Career Center also highly encouraged students to use Handshake, the job posting board, to research schools and programs.

The event was meant to provide students an opportunity to find graduate schools which meet their needs and had not considered beforehand.

“I was hoping to get more information regarding the process for graduate school. I am a little scared on how to apply and what semester I should apply for,” fourth year communication student Taylor Broome said. “Talking to these professionals is going to ease my pain.”

Unlike the Career Fair, the Graduate and Professional School Fair was solely for those interested in pursuing a high degree which took away some of the pressure for students.

The fair attracted many schools whose representatives were excited to meet students and provide them with as much information as they might need.

Iris Fugate, assistant director of admissions, represented California Western School of Law’s booth.

“I hope to inform students about the general law school application process, what it means to go to law school and the career opportunities that exist. More specifically, to share information with students about my school,” Fugate said. “I am an alumna of the school, so it is always great to talk about my experience in law school and as an attorney.”

The event was also useful in terms of finding out what schools do not offer a program for a student’s educational needs.

Lucian Petrusan, a third year history student, attended to find out more about his options for the future.

“I attended the fair and spoke to some institutions I thought I was interested in only to find out they do not have a history program,” Petrusan said. “It was interesting because now I know some of the schools I was interested in, I can cross off the list because they do not even have my program.”

For students who were not sure if they wanted to go to graduate or professional school, this fair allowed them to speak with representatives on why it could be beneficial.

“I am still on the fence between attending graduate school or not and finding out what biology programs are out there and what would be best suited for me was very helpful,” fourth year biology student Danny Martinez said.

If students are interested in learning more about events hosted by the career center, they can find a calendar for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year on the CPP Career Center website.

Students visited the graduate school representatives in the University Quad during the all-day event

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

Students visited the graduate school representatives in the University Quad during the all-day event

Students visited the graduate school representatives in the University Quad during the all-day event

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

Students visited the graduate school representatives in the University Quad during the all-day event

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