Last Updated: March 4, 2014
by Britt Oliver
Now that you’ve learned all about the CappexConnect Online College Fair and the various benefits of attending an online college fair in general, you may have made the decision that it’s the perfect way for you to narrow your college options. So once you’ve registered, what’s next? The following tips will help you prepare in advance and make the most of your online college fair experience.
1. Know What’s Important To You
Give thought to what you want out of college. Which aspects are important to you? Having an idea of qualities you’re looking for in a college will help you assess its fit and choose the most helpful presentations to attend. To help guide your thoughts, think about the following:
- What major do I want to study?
- Do I want to attend a large, medium, or small school?
- Do I want to attend an urban or rural school?
- Do I want to participate in athletics, clubs, fraternities or sororities, study abroad, or other special programs?
- What types of financial aid options are available at this college?
2. Preliminary Research
The best way to learn about a few colleges attending the online fair is to check out information online beforehand. Utilizing Cappex.com’s college search and matching features, you can look at College Profiles and add each one you’re interested in to your College List, where you can write and edit notes.
3. Prepare Questions
Tips 1 and 2 will lead you to formulate thoughtful questions for college representatives. As you think about what you want as a perspective undergraduate, make sure your questions address categories such as academics, job placement, college costs and financial aid, and campus life. CappexConnect’s online chats allow you to engage with college representatives and other prospective students without pressure, so ask away!
4. Remember Your Audience
Engaging with college representatives through online chats is a casual, convenient way to get your questions answered. Just remember that while they eagerly await great questions, avoid using abbreviations or slang. Whether through email or in person you may come in contact with these reps later on, so make a good impression with your words. Also be prepared to take notes in a notebook, tablet, or other mobile device and write down each college reps’ name.
5. Keep An Open Mind
As we emphasized last week, participation in an online college fair has many benefits including no travel restrictions! It’s a great opportunity to explore colleges in different cities, states, and even countries. Beyond colleges you’ve researched, plan to visit presentations from colleges that weren’t previously on your radar. You may wind up learning about an amazing program perfect for your academic and career goals.
Original Post Date: March 4th, 2014