SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Hundreds of high school students packed into a crowded gymnasium at Sabis International Charter School in Springfield this morning. With representatives from 82 colleges and universities, it’s the school’s biggest college fair, to date.
“It’s schools from all over the country, and local schools in Western Massachusetts, and what we do is we have our fair the day after the Western New England National Fair that takes place every year, so luckily, we get a lot of schools from all over the country,” says Kathleen Joyce, a guidance counselor at Sabis.
The fair is open to students in grades 9-12. Organizers say, while college might be the last thing on a freshman’s mind, it’s events like today that shape their plans for the future.
“I’d probably be waiting in ignorance, thinking probably that I have more time, when in reality, I really don’t,” says Nathan Johnson, a junior at Sabis.
“They have this experience today in the 9th grade where they meet an admissions counselor and make a connection and then that admissions counselor comes back the following year and remembers that student, so it’s very significant to the student,” adds Joyce.
“I like how today went, they had a lot more schools than last year, they keep building and I think it’s a really good experience for everyone here to be able to see a whole bunch of different colleges, especially the kids in younger grades so that when they do get to their senior year,” Madison Sinkfield, a senior at Sabis. “They’re not like running around like, ‘I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what colleges I want,’ I think this is a really good experience for kids.”
Sabis students boast some of the top tests scores in the state. Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Sabis 57 out of 352 high schools in Massachusetts.
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