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College Fairs: What Should You be Asking College Representatives?

Attending a college fair, whether online or in-person, is one of the most beneficial ways of determining if a college is the right match and right fit for you.  You are able to gain valuable information directly from several representatives who know and understand the ins and outs of their colleges and universities.  Are you curious about admission requirements, the majors and programs offered, or student life on campus? Maybe you want to know about financial aid, like what types of full-ride scholarship opportunities does that school offer, or do they have merit-based or need-based grants?  No matter what your questions may be, college fairs are the perfect place to have all of your questions answered by several schools at a time.

For any of you that have never attended a college fair, the thought of talking to a college representative for the first time may be intimidating.  You may want to know more about a college or university, but don’t know where to begin.

With the CappexConnect Online College Fair quickly approaching, we wanted to alleviate some of that uncertainty by  providing you with a useful resource that will help you gain the most from your experience with our fair, and any fair that you attend in the future.  We’ve put together a list of suggested questions to ask college representatives, as well as a chart to organize the answers. You can later review these answers with your counselor or parents when making a decision on which college is right for you. Click here to view the College Fair Resource Guide.

Join us for our online college fair on April 9th anytime from 2 p.m to 9 p.m CST.  To register for the event, click here.  By attending, you also have the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! No essay necessary!  We hope you can join us!


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How to Build Your Network at the CappexConnect Online College Fair

CappexConnectNetworking is one of the most effective ways to find jobs, internships, and careers after college. Why is this? And what is it, exactly? Simply stated, it’s all about “who you know.”

Networking involves building relationships with people who can help advance your goals. Examples of people who may already be in your “network” include friends, family, coworkers, and members and leaders of clubs or organizations you belong to. If you have accounts on Facebook and Twitter, you’re already familiar with the concept of “social networking,” but it’s important to know the importance of networking in-person and online to help meet your academic and professional goals. Networking skills are incredibly helpful throughout your college career and beyond, so start now by growing a network that will support you throughout the college search and admissions process. If you don’t know how to start or how to do it “right,” it’s never too late to begin.

For a perfect opportunity to become a pro at networking, look no further than the upcoming CappexConnect Online College Fair. This online fair is attended by admissions experts, financial aid specialists, and college and university faculty and staff. Here are a few ways to use the online college fair experience to expand your network and find the right college:

  • Determine your purpose for networking. Start by asking yourself this question. Is it to learn more about a specific college? Receive more information about financial aid? Learn how to choose a major? Engage with other students about how they’re making their decisions? Once you’ve identified a purpose(s), you’ll know which live presentations to watch and which individuals to engage with.
  • Don’t hold back. Networking in-person might be intimidating and nerve-racking for many students, but an online college fair alleviates some of those concerns. You can easily get all of your questions answered by college representatives, faculty, and staff without pressure.
  • Make your interests known. College representatives want to learn about you too. By demonstrating your interest in a particular career field or major, study abroad opportunities, and extracurricular activities, college representatives and faculty will be happy to share helpful campus resources with you in response.
  • Participate in the conversation.  In the campus quad, an open forum chat, you’ll have the freedom to talk about anything college-related with college representatives and other prospective students. You might even know the answer to a question another student asks. Build and participate in this support system!
  • Stay in touch. Keep in touch with other perspective students by connecting over Facebook or LinkedIn – you never know, they could be your future classmates or dormmates. Also note the name of each college representative you engage with and ask for contact information so you can connect again if you have more questions. Once you’ve determined the college you’ll attend, you may even want to send a thank you note to the college rep that helped you come to your decision.

Click here to register for the CappexConnect Online College Fair!

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Life Skills You Learn From Student Council (Without Even Knowing It)

student_meeting1Government provides the structure and stability necessary for society to function, and serving on the student council helps develop the skills of future generations of leaders. While it is common for students to only see it as an opportunity to help facilitate activities and events, there are many more life skills that can be learned during the term of the experience.

The Power of Persuasion

In today’s highly competitive world, never before has the power of persuasion been more relevant. Serving in the student council opens up a number of opportunities to hone these skills, and it gives you the ability to practice swaying public opinion on a daily basis. Persuasion skills prove to be beneficial later in life, whether you go on to serve further in politics or become a business manager, the ability to convince others to accept your ideas is a skill that can open a variety of windows of unique opportunity. The chance to develop these skills as early as high school gives you an advantage most do not receive.

Great Chance to Hone Public Speaking Skills

In order to serve on the student council, it is necessary to be able to speak in front of a large crowd. From the beginning, you’ll have to campaign and deliver speeches intended to persuade the crowd that you are the best person to represent the student body, and these skills carry over into life after high school.

Time Management

Time management is highly important in the busy world we live in, and the sooner one understands this, the better. As a student council member, not only will you have the duties of your office to be concerned with, but you must also maintain good grades and continue to be an example for your peers. This can give you a great opportunity to hone your time management skills and prepare you for life after high school.

Self-Esteem Building

The power of self-esteem often makes the difference between success and failure. It is hard to get others to believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself. Serving on the student council is a great way to build positive self-esteem as you get the unique chance to convince others you are a good representative and then watch as your ideas and opinions manifest into changes in the school that benefit the entire student body.

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