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“Lead with your strengths. Be yourself. Don’t close any doors. Ask yourself, what am I really interested in finding out about this college? Ask the college, can you take me where I want to go?”

Dozens of high school Crusaders, and their families, got loads of great advice recently at the 2009 Regional College Fair, held at Rhode Island College on October 17. During lunch beforehand, they talked with Alex Vasquez, associate dean for academic & campus life at Wheaton College. He encouraged Crusaders to ask probing questions at the fair and to have good conversations with the colleges in attendance. It’s important to make a good impression, he said, because colleges are looking for students who will add something special to their campus.

He also described college as a journey of self-discovery, explaining that most students change their majors at least once. “There are no straight lines in a college education,” he remarked. “Four years later, you should be a different person, or we have not done our job.”

Reps from more than 150 two-year and four-year colleges were on hand at the fair, which is sponsored annually by the RI Association of Admission Officers. The event draws students and families from all over Rhode Island. In all, 59 Crusaders attended!

(from left) Michael Calderon, Christopher Calderon, and Juan Lopez, all seniors from Central High School, stop in at the Crusade table on their way into the College Fair exhibition hall.

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