College Night preps student for future

The Los Medanos College hosted a college fair Tuesday night, drawing high school students and their parents to the gymnasium to interact with more than 50 different colleges. The representatives of each school were lined up and available to answer questions regarding their campus life.

Deer Valley High School senior Connor Stuart said he attended College Night because he is undecided about what he wants to do in the future. He is in the Academic Challenge and Enrichment Academy’s Biotech program and is considering a career in computer science.

He said “it’s fun” talking to the representatives from UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Humboldt State University — schools he is considered attending.

Earlier in the day, many of the same schools lined the hallways for the companion Transfer Day event geared toward LMC students planning to continue their education at the four-year level.

“There’s a lot of activity. It’s great to see a lot of colleges from all over,” said LMC student Randall Henry who attended the evening event because he was in the class during the morning transfer fair.

Among the schools at the college fair were a handful from outside of California, including the University of Nevada, University of Montana and Southern Oregon University.

“It gets students involved with different colleges that they normally would not be able to see,” said Darren Meeks, LMC student ambassador who helped with the College Night set up.

David Reyes, transfer academy counselor, said the out-of-state representatives provide a great opportunity for students to receive information about housing, student life and payments directly from the source.

“Transfer Day and College Night is a wonderful opportunity to interact with university representative to learn about schools, public and private institutions, that are in the San Francisco Bay Area and also as far away as Massachusetts and Hawaii.” said Kristin Conner, director of the Transfer and Career Services who helped coordinate the event. “Students can ask questions to understand academic pathways and requirements that will help them be a top candidate when they apply to transfer. Transfer and Career Services is always available to help answer questions related to the application process and exploring options for where to apply.”

The initial planning for the College Night event began in August, but the attending schools and universities were contacted beforehand by the transfer center in June and July.

“We email and phone schools asking them to attend, as well as some contact us directly as this is an annual event that they always participated in,” said Kristin.

The Welcome Center, Orientation, and Assessment as well as volunteers from the Honors program had also had a hand in helping the Transfer and Career Services host the College Night event.