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Grade 10 and 11’s enjoyed the University Fair and learning about their post-secondary options.
May 17, 2017
Setting Sail at the University Fair
Grade 10s and 11s asked great questions of representatives from an array of universities who attended our University Fair. Students used a method developed by the Guidance Department to help them with their conversations.

“It’s nice to talk to people in real life,” says Grade 10 student Nora, “because you can think of questions on-the-spot without having to exchange ten emails!”

Small liberal arts colleges from the east and west coasts were represented, along with 11 Australian universities, a gap year program that teaches classes on a Tall Ship while sailing the world, and one private American University, the Rochester Institute of Technology.

High School university fairs are usually held in the fall. “Branksome is one of the few schools that we are visiting to tie into their Career Studies class, “says Siobhan Koch of Quest University. “And Branksome girls are asking great questions like, ‘Everyone teaches psychology. What makes your program different?’”

“Students are deciding where to go to University earlier and earlier,” explains Bethany Draper of King’s College. “We’re here to help them consider smaller institutions where they can acquire a broad skill set that is transferrable to many job fields.”

By having the fair at lunch, Guidance counselors Ms Cory Miller and Ms Joanne Colwell aimed to give all eight Career Studies classes a chance to attend.

Nora enjoyed learning about schools outside the mainstream, “I never would have considered Australia or small Canadian Universities before, “she adds. “When thinking about university, it’s important to speak to people face to face.”

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