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Annual PROBE College Fair attracts thousands

by Caitlin Wagenseil

September 17, 2013

Erin Chadwick, admissions recruiter at Georgia Regents University, speaks to a student about what the college has to offer.Caitlin Wagenseil.
Students had the chance to chat with college recruiters at the 2013 PROBE College Fair in Cumming.Caitlin Wagenseil.
Colleges from all over Georgia were present at the fair.Caitlin Wagenseil.
CUMMING, Ga. Over a thousand high school students came out to the Forsyth Conference Center to chat with college recruiters at the fall 2013 PROBE College Fair held on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

With over 100 colleges and universities from across the country represented, students were able to learn more about potential schools that might be the right fit for them.

Erin Chadwick, admissions recruiter at Georgia Regents University, said the fair was the perfect place for students to inquire about programs and simply learn more about what each college present had to offer.

"It's great for them to be in one place and be exposed to a number of post-secondary opportunities," Chadwick said. "It's beneficial for us, because sometimes it's difficult to get into each individual high school, so we're able to meet with a number of students in a very short amount of time."

For students who aren't yet sure where they want to go, the fair gave them a better feel for what type of college they're looking for.

"I'm leaning toward two schools right now, and this [fair] gives me a better understanding of what I want to do," said high school student Caitlin Tinsley.

While larger schools such as the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama attended, students also had the chance to learn more about smaller schools they might not be as familiar with.

"I talk to so many students who've attended the college fair and found out about colleges they didn't even know existed, but then turn out to have a serious interest in them," said Thomas Neighbour, counseling department chair at Lambert High School. "I think it's a win-win for everyone."

Meg Tereniak, Georgia Southern admissions counselor, agreed, adding that even though many colleges were present, students didn't feel intimidated talking to the different representatives.

"They just get to mingle with all sorts of colleges, whether in-state, out-of-state, public or private, and it's so important for us to make those connections with the students," Tereniak said.

Upon registering for the fair, students were given a personal bar code that allowed them to quickly send contact information to colleges, as well as receive more information from a particular school they're interested in.

With students being brought in at set times throughout the three-hour event, Neighbour said they had an extremely good turnout.

"I even saw exhibitors running out to their cars for more materials, so there's been plenty of traffic back and forth," he said.

The annual PROBE Fair is run by the Georgia Education Articulation Committee, a group organized to stimulate interest in post-secondary education for Georgia students.

To learn more about PROBE Fairs, or to view the tour calendar, visit www.gaprobe.org.