2016 National Keystone Project: College Fair Readiness at the 1st Annual Education Symposium


Many teens who have attended a college fair explained that they didn’t want to go or don’t see a point in attending. As keystone members would discuss with each other and Keystone club 450, they’ve come to realize that there is a lack of college fair readiness and knowledge. Since January, Keystone members have been meeting every week to conduct research, draft a presentation, and prepare for the Education Symposium to host a College Fair Readiness workshop. This workshop included a hands on learning activity for participants to make a good first impression as well as receive resources on how to maximize one’s benefits. Participants were surveyed before and after the workshop to assess their knowledge on college fair readiness.


Keystone advisors Erika and Miguel announced the NACAC College fair field trip scheduled on April 30th, 2016 at the Cow Palace. Keystoners expressed that they didn’t know much about College Fairs and that they’ve never been to one. As they found out that Keystone Club 200 felt the same way about college fairs, we’ve decided as a whole to work on college fair readiness as our National Keystone Project. Since January, Keystone members have been meeting every week to conduct research, draft a presentation, and prepare for the Education Symposium to host a College Fair Readiness workshop. This workshop included a hands on learning activity for participants to make a good first impression as well as receive resources on how to maximize one’s benefits. Participants were surveyed before and after the workshop to assess their knowledge on college fair readiness.


After conducting research on college board and on the NACAC website, we’ve understood that college fairs can be overwhelming and stressful. We have came up with a few tips that can help to prepare for before, during, and after:


Before the fair:

  • Research schools attending

  • Create a list of questions to ask colleges

During the fair

  • Visit the booths and ask questions to college reps conversationally

  • Attend academic workshops

After the fair

  • Recycle schools that’ve been ruled out

  • Reflect and discuss schools with others

Moreover, Keystone members also had the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills as they once identified they were fearful of presentations. According to the surveys, there was an increase in college raise knowledge and readiness.


View more key learnings here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xvFh9R-hsi7K5uGh0nQCFNyYXjI36uX5V1HxZbm8H-Q/edit?usp=sharing


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