Grad school fair encourages higher education
Students planned for their future at the Health Professional and Grad School Fair on Thursday, Oct. 19.
Over 30 schools, the Air Force and the Navy participated in the event with about 50 tables total in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.
University of Washington nursing advisor, Felicity Abeyta-Hendrix, said it was important to go to events like these.
Graduate programs can create a lot of anxiety for students. Speaking with an admissions advisor helps students create a connection to not only the school, but the person as well, Abeyta-Hendrix said.
“You can search the website and you can look at the webinar, but meeting someone person to person can allow you to see yourself at that school,” Abeyta-Hendrix said. “The questions that [students] may ask may be a question that we don’t have on the internet. For example, ‘what’s an exact thing I should write on a personal statement?’”
Juniors Joy Villanueva and Joycelyn Kongsy, best friends and human services majors, are thinking about graduate school.
“It’s early to be thinking about grad school,” Villanueva said.
Both have just been admitted to the human services program, but that didn’t stop them from coming to the fair.
“If I can get everything figured out so I can make a plan on how to get there, that would be really helpful,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva is sure about getting a master’s in her field, while Kongsy is less decided.
“I’m contemplating [a] master’s, but I don’t know,” Kongsy said. “I’m unsure, but after talking to them, maybe it’s something I do wanna do.”
Villanueva encouraged Kongsy to come to the event with her. They both agreed that they felt more prepared for grad school after talking to multiple colleges.
“[Students] can see the variety of programs that are out there,” Graduate School Program Manager Megan Spiegel said. “They maybe haven’t heard of some of the smaller schools, and maybe those schools have something that’s really interesting to them.”
“Often you need a graduate degree to get where you want to go in those professions,” Spiegel said.
The Fall Business Career Fair will be on Nov. 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Viking Union Multipurpose room.