College fair gives students head start on college search

Watertown-Mayer High School students Abby Coyle, Brooke Leaf and Kira Hazelbaker visit with a representative from St. Thomas University during the school’s college fair last Thursday in the auxiliary gymnasium. Students from Mayer Lutheran, Waconia, and Dassel-Cokato High Schools also attended.

Watertown-Mayer High School students Abby Coyle, Brooke Leaf and Kira Hazelbaker visit with a representative from St. Thomas University during the school’s college fair last Thursday in the auxiliary gymnasium. Students from Mayer Lutheran, Waconia, and Dassel-Cokato High Schools also attended.

Watertown-Mayer High School held a college fair last Thursday, Oct. 4, with 83 colleges represented and high school students from at least four different high schools attending.

High school juniors and seniors spent a good portion of the morning visiting with representatives of college campuses from across the Midwest. Schools from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota were all represented.

Students were able to ask questions about admissions, college programs, financial aid, and much more. Every junior and senior from Watertown-Mayer was required to attend, and a large number of students from Mayer Lutheran also attended in the morning. A number of students from Waconia and Dassel-Cokato also checked out the college fair.

“I think it’s just very important to have this opportunity for students, Watertown-Mayer guidance counselor Katie Stifter said. “Most of our students go somewhere in the Midwest, so to have all of those schools here under one roof is important. Not all of our kids get to go on college visits, so it’s important that we provide opportunities like this.”

Stifter said that even though this year’s Watertown-Mayer seniors attended last year’s college fair, they were still required to attend this year, even though many already have a good idea where they want to attend school next year. This still gave them a chance to ask questions about things like the next step in the admissions process or scholarships that may be available, Stifter said.

The main benefit of the fair, however, was for the high school’s juniors, many of them who are just getting started in their college search this fall.

“It’s a good intro into the college search experience,” said Watertown-Mayer junior Abby Coyle.

Junior Brooke Leaf said it was advantageous to have so many schools represented side by side in the same place.

“You can kind of compare them and see the differences between the ones you want to look at, and what they have to offer,” she said.

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