College Representative Presents to Vacant Room
Keary Flagg, representative of the Hayward Heald College campus, came to American High School’s Career Center on February 25, 2014 in hopes to find junior and senior recruits. With Heald’s areas of focus (healthcare, business, legal, and technology),he had expected a rather decent amount of students to attend.
Unfortunately, Flagg had prepared his slideshow presentation and informational pamphlets for an empty room. Although often visiting individual classrooms as a representative, his past 14 years of working in education has developed into one of his many enjoyments, regardless of the turnout.
“I don’t really mind that no one showed up. But, when students do come to these presentations, I think it’s really awesome. It shows a lot of their self-motivation and interests,” Flagg said. “I like being able to help students get set on their future, and help them get to the next step towards what they strive for.”
Many other colleges have contacted American High School to schedule days in which they can come visit and speak to students. College visits are organized by the Career Center counselor and advisor, Theresa D’Audney, and can be found online through Schoolloop.
“It was a little surprising that no one attended, especially when the presentation was intended to be a medical focus,” D’Audney said. “But I really just want to be sure that students are aware of all the different college options that are out there.”
Similarly to Heald’s visit, many students have failed to attend the college-related opportunities that the Career Center often provides. Even with the amount of advertising that is spread through both Schoolloop and the daily announcements, students are often unaware of college visits.
“I think high school students should start becoming more aware of e-mail,” D’Audney said. “There are a lot of opportunities, including scholarships, that I send through e-mails.”
Representatives like Flagg are prime examples of the colleges who contact the school to schedule college visits. D’Audney stated that she would often have to schedule the visits over the summer, even without being paid to do so.
“Recently we’ve been getting a lot of requests from colleges to visit the school, including Rutgers and Yale,” D’Audney said. “Rutgers is scheduled to come visit on April 2nd, and juniors can sign up for the presentation through Naviance Family Connection. I’m also thinking of having some vocational and trade schools come in during lunch and set up tables in the rotunda for students to look at.”