College & Career Fair to Host Over 80 Representatives
Maryam Ahmed '19 & Kylie Tedeschi '19
27 March 2019
On Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, PV will be holding a College and Career Fair in the Griswold Gym. Students will be able to meet with representatives from over 80 universities, technical schools, and the military to ask questions and gather information.
The College and Career Fair is going to be one of the most unique in the state thanks to Passaic Valley’s participation in the #MyFutureMascot program. PV is the first school in the state to participate in the program, which will allow students to digitally keep track of colleges they are interested in. All the student has to do is text the code MASCOT to 75644, and then text the code for each school that they would like to know more about.
This program will provide an eco-friendly way for guidance counselors, prospective students, and even the institutions themselves to keep track of student interest. “Since, I am hoping to major in accounting, I hope to communicate with the different colleges to get a perspective on their different programs,” Junior Michele Amato eagerly stated.
The fair will also feature a presentation from alumna Ms. Zarina Akbary on her experience at Passaic Valley, titled “Choosing Your Path at PV.” By sharing her experiences in high school, Akbary aims to give students and parents the information she wishes had as she went through the same events.
“Bringing a fair to PV is a way to cultivate the culture that there are pathways out there for everyone,” remarked Ms. Tara Torres. “It is also a way to stress the importance of communication within the college process.” The first step of that process is called "demonstrated interest," or the level of which a college applicant displays an eagerness to attend the college they applied for. This can include the number of communications with the school, attendance at college visits, tours, etc. The College and Career Fair is a great way for students to establish that essential line of communication.
The Guidance Department recognizes that it can be hard for students to get to one of the larger county or state level fairs. However, they also feel that it is extremely important for students to view the multitude of opportunities presented to them, and holding a fair at Passaic Valley will be much more accessible to students.