14th Annual HBCU College Fair
This past weekend, I went to the HBCU College Fair at Warrensville Heights High School. This an annual event and having a new high schooler, I decided that this would be the perfect time to expose her to colleges.
The event began at 10 am, however getting my teen daughter up and moving was problematic because, well she's a teenage girl, so we did not arrive until around 1pm. When I pulled up, I was surprised at how many cars and busses…lots of school busses…were in the parking lot of the school and the church across the street. We had not pre-registered, so my daughter signed in, received her bag and off we went.
The man at registration gave us a map and agenda of the workshops going on, but we were not sure where the fair was happening. In the main hall of the school, tables were set up with community organizations and vendors. We walked further down the hall and arrived at the cafeteria. The cafeteria was full of teens eating and hanging out, but still no college fair. We walked around a little longer until we arrived back at the registration table. We asked where the college fair was. The lady there told us it was in the gym, and we were off.
As we got closer to the gym, we encountered a row of tables with more vendors. Many of these table were selling Greek clothing and paraphernalia, which of course caused me to stop and look. At this point, my daughter Kay was totally annoyed that we weren’t there yet and that I stopped to shop, but I needed some gear.
When we arrived in the gym, Kay asked what was she supposed to do. I explained that she should visit each table, pick up materials, ask about majors, etc. The gym was packed with lots of high schoolers completing forms and networking and lots of college admission reps.
As we walked around, we also saw the Greek letter organizations. Each of the elite organizations had representation there. I do not remember seeing the brothers of Iota Phi Theta, but Phi Delta Kappa was there. Although I was looking, Kay was the first to see my chapter’s Zeta Phi Beta table and my heart sank a little bit. I stopped over and said my hellos, but felt awful because I’ve become one of those Sorors…an inactive Soror. My Sorors let me know that I’ve been MIA and of course, there was nothing I could say. They also showed me sisterly love because that’s what Finer Women do.
We continued to walk around and talk to colleges. As Kay visited tables, there were about 3 schools that stood out to me because they took the time to really talk to her and encourage her as a 9th grader. She spoke to people from Hampton and Spelman, but the rep at Morgan State spoke directly to her spirit. He told her about their course offerings, the food places on campus and how easy it is to get to DC and New York City from there. He also mentioned that freshmen can have cars. Central State stood out to her because she was introduced to the rep by one of my frat brothers and because it’s in Ohio.
So, I enjoyed the college fair and loved to see how many schools brought students out and how many students came out on a Saturday.
Until next time...