The Two Cs in SuCCess Stand for College and Career
Abington Students Attend a College Fair at Hanover High School
October 4, 2019
On Thursday morning, September 26, many juniors and seniors at Abington High School attended a College Fair. It took place at Hanover High School. The students got to choose whether to attend the College Fair or stay at the High School and attend Career Day.
Those who attended the College Fair were students who wanted to paint a better picture in their minds about what colleges they are thinking about applying to. The event gave students who plan on going to college to excel in higher education some more information about colleges that they were not exposed to in the past. It was a day to get a closer look at their future.
Students who attended the College Fair received pamphlets about various important information on each college and were able to make face to face connections with the representatives from each college.
Anna Blyth, a member of Abington’s senior class, said she enjoyed the event. She was able to stop by the table of some of the colleges she was interested in. Blyth said “there were a variety of colleges so I know I had a lot of options.” She added that it was beneficial to go because “my parents and I agree that it is my senior year and I need start figuring out where I want to go after high school.”
Blyth said her favorite colleges at the fair were Bridgewater State University, Curry College, Framingham State University, Quincy College, and Eastern Nazarene College. She said her intended major is either Early Childhood Education or Journalism.
Like Blyth, James Mulkern, a junior at AHS, attended the College Fair. Mulkern said he chose the College Fair because he “wasn’t really intrigued by Career Day” and that he “enjoyed it a lot.” He “saw a few colleges I like and am interested in” and that he “saw a couple I’ve never heard of such as the University of Rhode Island.”
Mulkern said that after there Fair there were a variety of colleges he was interested in. These included the University of Rhode Island, University of Connecticut, and University of Manhattan. He said he would like to major in either Journalism or Computer Science.
Mrs. Ferioli in the guidance department at Abington High School coordinated this event. Hanover High School hosted an amazing college fair for students to get an idea of their next steps towards their academic career.
College Fair vs Career Day: Students Make a Choice
Abington High School's First Career Day a Success
On Thursday morning, September 26, a College Fair at Hanover High School and a Career Day at Abington High School were held.
Career Day was a day when multiple successful workers from all different backgrounds came to meet with high school students to talk about their specific career choice. Along with describing the tasks they are responsible for in the workplace, they discussed their life’s journey which enabled them to get to where they are today.
Organized by Mrs. Clifford, an English teacher at Abington High, as well as parents Mr. Roberts and Mrs. Marianne Dankese, Career Day featured more than 44 speakers who held presentations in different AHS classrooms. Those students attending Career Day got to attend four different presentations.The presenters gave advice and engaged students in conversations by asking them about their interests. During a Q&A period, the presenters answered any questions students had.
“Most of the presenters had a connection to Abington. They either were alumni, had children in the school, or live or work in Abington. They all had the common desire to share their experiences with students, and to help answer career questions,’’ Mrs. Clifford said.
One senior, Cameron Curney, was asked why he chose to attend Career Day over the College Fair. “I selected Career Day over College Fair because I went to the college fair last year,” Curney said. He added that he had already completed his college searches and received the information he needed for applying to college, so he felt like Career Day “might be interesting to refine what I want to do post college a little more and learn about some engineering things and some design things.”
Like Curney, senior Kathryn Sage chose Career Day because she attended the college fair last year and wanted to “switch things up.” In comparing the benefits of attending Career Day over the College Fair, Sage said, “From the Career Day I gained more knowledge because I understood what people did specifically in their careers. It was better to see what was happening after college rather than going to the College Fair again to look at colleges.”
Her one suggestion was to hold it for just juniors and seniors because not all students got to attend the presentations they signed up for in the emailed survey prior to the event. Sage said, “I feel as though the sophomores shouldn’t have been included so that juniors and seniors got more of a choice on what career presentations they wanted to attend. If sophomores were eliminated from this event, it would have given more room and opportunities to juniors and seniors to end up with their desired interest.”
Even though students like Curney and Sage attended presentations they did not intend to, they both learned more about themselves and it either helped narrow down or expand their interests and further discover their passions. Curney said that, “Personally, for me, I think three out of my four periods were successful because I ended up getting a lot of information.” He added that “It was interesting learning about these jobs and especially hearing it from the people who came from Abington. It was especially engaging.”
Curney said, “If I had another year of high school, I would probably attend Career Day again and maybe check out some different careers other than the ones I’m kind of focusing on right now. Maybe try out things I haven’t researched as much but still I might find kind of interesting.”
Having Career Day gave students a sense of how they themselves have the potential of being just as successful as the speakers. This event also sparked interests and opened students’ eyes to the many opportunities and paths that can be taken in order to find a career in which they truly love.
Mrs. Clifford, Mr. Roberts, and Mrs. Dankese inspired people by creating and assembling such an event that resulted in the engagement of Abington students. It also prompted students to look further into their future.