Colleges that Change Lives is Coming to Boston on May 26

Colleges That Change Lives is holding an event in Boston this Thursday (May 26) starting at 7:00 pm. The event, which will be at the Seaport World Trade Center, is free and open to the public (no pre-registration required!) and features a brief information session followed by a college fair. For students who are interested in one (or more) of the 40 schools that will be attending, this is a great opportunity to gather information, get on mailing lists, and discuss the colleges with the representatives.

Tips for making the most of the CTCL Event (or any college fair):

  1. Plan to attend the information session. It is a brief but insightful introduction to the college process, and (at the very least) it makes you aware that you aren’t alone in this crazy process.
  2. Set up a professional-sounding email address (if you don’t already have one). This email address should be just your name (or some variation). Trust me, an email address like iheartunicorns@hotmail.com doesn’t make the best first impression. Also, you’ll be getting a lot of college-related email, so you might want to set up an email account just for that (and other professional) purposes. However, if you do this, be certain to check this address on a regular basis.
  3. Bring a folder and/or small bag to put all of the brochures and literature you will be picking up at the tables. Nothing is more frustrating (or flustering) than having to try to keep up with slippery viewbooks and guides while going from table to table.
  4. Don’t rush to the most popular tables first. When I attended, some colleges were immediately swamped with students (and parents) clamoring to get information. While it might be tempting to join in the fray, resist. Instead, plan to return to the college table when the crowd has died down. Not only will this let you make the most of your time and learn more about other colleges that interest you, this also lets you have a better chance of connecting with the college admissions representative.
  5. When you get home, take the time to go through and organize the information you’ve received. It might be tempting to put the bag of information and business cards away, but too often out of sight is out of mind.
  6. After the event, you can follow-up with your colleges of interest with questions you can’t find answers to on the school site (just be certain you don’t overdo it with too many emails).

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