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This past Monday, Sept. 23, Radford University Career Services hosted the 2013 Graduate and Professional School Fair. Starting at noon, over 60 different Graduate and professional school representatives from 16 different states including, Alabama, California, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio were set up in the COBE multipurpose room.
Walking into the fair, everybody was handed a packet with all of the schools in attendance. The packet had the name, address, programs offered and description of each of the schools.
Each school had their own table set up and decorated with informational booklets, pamphlets, business cards and some even had a checklist for selecting a graduate school. Most of the tables had all kinds of stuff to give away. There were pens, lanyards, key chains, foam footballs, water bottles and even bags! All embroidered with school names and logos.
There was a wide range of programs to explore at the fair. There were law schools, schools that focused on health care professions, business and even a school of pharmacy. The majority of the schools in attendance were law schools like, William & Mary Law School, Penn State Law, Regent University Schools of Law and Government and Campbell University School of Law, to name a few.
All representatives were all very eager to begin conversation with students walking by, handing out information about their school and wanting to answer any questions students might have. Even the school they were representing didn’t have the student’s desired program, they still found a way to educate students about their campus and other programs they might be interested in.
The representative from the University of Alabama was in Radford for the first time this week, and happy that she had come, “We have had a lot of interest from potential graduate students,” said Libby Williams, “I’m very pleased with the turnout to the fair.” Williams is the Assistant Director of graduate admissions for International admissions and recruitment at the University of Alabama.
Williams and other representatives who attended the fair were very thorough and professional in explaining the opportunities available to potential students. They were also very factual and informative, answering any questions thrown their way, and were sure to hand out websites and business cards just incase any other questions came up.
The event held by Career Services is to help students figure out what to do after college, whether it is graduate school or searching for a job. The graduate and professional school fair is a great opportunity to explore the different options and get answers to questions about different schools.