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Durfee College Fair Attracts Prospective Students

Danielle MacDonald '14
Staff Reporter

October 25, 2013

On Wednesday, October 16, Durfee High School held a college fair in the Luke Urban Field House from 5-7 pm. Students were able to speak with prospective college representatives, as sixty-five colleges were in attendance.

College Representatives speak to students about their schools.                                        -Hilltop File Photo    


Underclassmen could use the fair to start their college search. Durfee junior Emma Benevides attended to get a glimpse of colleges she’s looking to apply to. “This fair is opening my eyes to colleges that I’ve never even heard of before,” said Benevides.

Seniors attended the College Fair to get final information on colleges and get answers to any questions they may have for their top schools. Admission officers were speaking on behalf of each school with information on what they look for when accepting a student.

“Community draws kids to Curry,” said Ben Carr, Curry College representative. “We want a student who will be a part of that community and add to it. We look for kids who will get involved.”

Aside from a student’s grades and application, many admissions officers from colleges look for students who are going to positively add to the community and get involved.

A big question that arises when applying to colleges is just how important the college essay is versus the average GPA/SAT scores. “The average GPA is a 3.2 and the testing is about a 1600. We recalculate GPA to core academics. About 10-15% of the application is based on the testing. The essay, however is about 25%. It shows us your writing ability that shows your personality,” Suffolk representative, Lark Krajesky stated.

 “The most common requirement is GPA/SATs, but most important is the creativity in the college essay,”Sacred Heart University representative, Natasha Sousa said. Sousa also stated that visiting the colleges ahead of time shows strong interest in the college. “We look for students who are eager to visit so we are able to put a face to an application."

Vice Principal Paul Coogan attended the fair and stressed the importance of meeting with colleges early. “This college fair gives good exposure, allows kids to see a wide range of programs right in their very own gym and talk to admission officers from all around the country.”