Jump start on finding the right college

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — For high school seniors and their families the decision on where to go to college is a tough one. But students in New Haven are getting a better idea Wednesday about their options.

Takqia Staggers is a junior at Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven. That means college is on the horizon.

“I want to go into fashion. I want to be a business owner but to fall back, I want to do marketing so I am kinda undecided,” said Staggers.

But, she’s still trying to figure out what college to go to. Wednesday, that was her focus.

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The New Haven college fair is making stops at several city high schools, giving students the information they need to start planning for college.

“You’re on your own and you just jump to the next level and you need to figure out what to do. You have to figure out how to manage yourself time wise and education,” said David Aldaz, a junior.

“Often what we find is that students and their families are not sure of how to get started with the whole college going process,” said Dr. Madeline Negron, principal.

The 11th graders are getting a wide variety of choices. Colleges have come from all over, from as far north as Maine, down to Florida, even as far west as Chicago.

School counselors say this is when students need to start thinking about college, if they haven’t so already.

“They should be thinking about what they want in a college, so they should also be spending their April break, weekends going and visiting the colleges, attending the open houses many of them are specifically geared toward juniors. Keeping their GPA up is very important. Junior year is the last full year that colleges get to see what you’ve done,” said Michelle Aronoff, school counselor.

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“Other kids make the mistake that it’s only junior year. I don’t have to worry about it until senior year, so for us it’s more making them understand you have to start early,” said Negron.

This is the third college fair promoted by New Haven Public Schools, New England Counselors of Color Bridging Access to College (NECBAC), and New Haven Promise.

Today’s schedule is:

  •  9–10 a.m. – Hill Regional Career High School College Fair, 140 Legion Ave., New Haven
  •  10:30–11:30 a.m. – New Haven Academy & Hyde School of Health Science and Sports Medicine (10:30am) Sound, Riverside & Dixwell New Light (11:00am) Floyd Little Athletic Center (Hillhouse Field House) 480 Sherman Pkwy., New Haven
  •  12:30-1:30 p.m. – James Hillhouse High School College Fair, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Pkwy

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