Many TPS high school students attended a college fair at the Kansas Expocentre on Thursday. Sponsored by Topeka Public Schools' College and Career Ready Services, the event drew students from all over the region, eager to learn more about their college options.
We had the opportunity to speak with many kids and several recruiters, all of whom were looking for the same thing: a good match between school and student.
Victor Ramirez and his friend Ingrid Reyes, both juniors at Topeka High, came to the fair. Victor hoped to find a school where he can pursue a psychology and/or criminal justice degree, while Ingrid wanted to select a school with a physical therapy program. Though their academic interests differed, they both agreed that they're looking forward to more independence after high school.
Highland Park High School seniors Imani Huggins and Bre'Anna Harvey also attended the college fair. Imani's goal is to become an ER doctor and she, too, is ready for a little more independence. "I'm excited to start my life and I'm excited to help people."
Bre'Anna also hopes to work in the medical field and she came to the fair looking for a school with a strong nursing program. While also ready to enter the next phase of her life, she admits she's also a little nervous because, "(college) determines my future. I have to have it to be a nurse."
Students weren't the only ones planning for the next school year. Dozens of recruiters were also on hand to meet with the kids and tell them about their schools. Alesha Bowman, a representative from the University of Central Missouri, was busy making connections with students and answering questions. She said she hoped to talk with at least 30 students about UCM. "My favorite part of talking to students is giving inner city kids hope that they can do it. College can be hard, but they can do it."
We hope all students in attendance enjoyed themselves as they pursued their options.