EXETER — Wyoming Area junior Allison Lampman already knows she wants to pursue a career in radiology, but finding a place to further her education has been a challenge.
The 17-year-old was one of many Wyoming Area Secondary Center juniors and seniors who attended a college fair held in the secondary center cafeteria Wednesday.
Lampman said she was considering Misericordia University in Dallas Township, but the fair helped her assess more options.
“Mansfield (University) really interested me because they have a radiology program,” she said.”Cedar Crest (College) was pretty interesting, too.”
Although she’s a junior, Lampman knows it’s important to start thinking about life after high school.
“It’s very important,” she said. “It’s a long thought process with what you want to do and where you want to go, and you have to start thinking about what you want to do after college.”
Approximately 22 colleges and universities from near and far set up tables at the secondary center to answer questions for students and their parents.
Learning institutions in attendance included King’s College, Wilkes University, Lackawanna College, Marywood University, Shippensburg University, Penn State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and more.
Connor DeStefano, admissions recruiter for Shippensburg University, said she sticks with a certain criteria as to what exactly to talk about with students.
“When they first come up I ask them what they’re interested in studying and what they want to do after high school, and we sort of take it from there,” she said. “We talk about life on campus, internships, studying abroad and things like that.”
Josh Tehonica, assistant director of admissions for Cedar Crest College, said the fair is a good way to ease the minds of students and parents about the unknowns of life after high school.
“It can be a little overwhelming for people, so every once in a while you’ll see some intimidated looks but that’s whats nice about a fair like this is it’s smaller, intimate feel,” said Tehonica. “Sometimes you go to the big fairs and there’s 200 colleges there, and that’s very overwhelming for students and their families, especially if they’re new to the process. This, there’s not as much pressure on them and they have plenty of time to talk to the schools.”
Also on hand were members of the National Guard and Air Force to talk to students about a military career.
Air Force Tech Sgt. Dominick Aritz said he takes the time to talk to students about what makes them qualified to be in the Air Force, the physical and mental challenges it involves as well as help them understand life in the military.
A Wyoming Area graduate, Artiz said talking to local students helps them believe that they can accomplish anything they want after high school.
“It gives the students insight to see people actually leave here and go do great things whether it’s go to college, go into the service and then come back and give insight to the new students coming up behind them,” he said.
Bobby Butwin, 17, said he attended the college fair last year and it was big help to him.
The senior student said he plans on attending either King’s College or Wilkes University next fall to pursue a career in pharmacy. He knows that with graduation coming up, it’s important to get as much information as possible at the college fair.
“I should be as prepared as I can be and be ready for anything,” he said.