College Fair Brings Universities into the Hive

CUNYs, SUNYs, and private colleges were divided amongst the C-gym and G-gym.   Photo Credit: Shyanne Hinds

CUNYs, SUNYs, and private colleges were divided amongst the C-gym and G-gym.

Photo Credit: Shyanne Hinds

By SHYANNE HINDS

Students of both Murrow and Midwood came together on October 24 in the C-Gym and G-Gym to listen to what different colleges had to say about their futures. Parents and teachers of both schools were welcome, too.  

“I thought I would carry on the tradition and keep visiting Midwood since we get so many requests from different students,” said University of Albany admissions counsel Shannon Burrows.

This was the thinking of some colleges when displaying their school at Midwood’s annual college fair. October 24 was the night to come out and have your judgement persuaded by nearly 100 colleges as to why you should attend their school and not another. 

Brianna Barclay ‘20 said she wants to go away for college. “I want to feel independence,” she said. So far, Barclay is interested in Penn State since it’s not too far from home; that way she can feel independent but still be close to her loved ones. A possible major is performing arts since she’s been dancing and performing since the age of three. 

“By the end of the year, I think I’ll be ready for college,” Barclay said. “It’s my first year taking APs, so I want to get used to handling that type of self-efficient vibe.”

Kai Brady ’19 is interested in Barnard College, Boston U, Penn State, and Baruch because of their master’s program for economics. “I fell in love with economics during a debate tournament,” Brady said. 

Throughout her four years, she’s had experiences that taught her good lessons. “Midwood in general is like a cornucopia of diversity, and that eventually leads to self-growth,” Brady said. “In the last four years I’ve become a blabbermouth, but the fact that I do have a big mouth leads me to all these opportunities.”

Some adults who came out to represent their schools at the college fair were very persuasive in ways that would get a student’s ears twitching. 

“You will never see a scantron sheet in your entire Bard experience!” said Kate Hardy, Senior Associates Director of Admission at Bard University. 

“Bard does not require the SAT,” she said. “We are completely test optional.” 

Regional recruiter Jennifer Marano from Wells University played up her school’s small size.

“No other university has a total of 500 students,” Marano said. “Students get the chance to know their advisors both academically and personally because we’re so small.” 

For some students, the experience was bittersweet.

“I’m going to miss the whole atmosphere of Midwood, especially the Annex Bridge,” said Nefretari Powell ’19. Powell loves to help people get back on their feet and because of that, she was investigating schools that offered a major in pre-physical therapy or health science.

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