Students Find Opportunity at NHS College Fair

By Preston Bogan
Staff Writer

NAUGATUCK –  On Tuesday morning, sophomores and juniors at Naugatuck High School were invited to attend a College Fair in the cafeteria.
Students were given free reign throughout the cafeteria where 66 representatives from colleges, tech schools, beauty schools, and the military set up booths filled with information.
At one of these booths, Junior Megan McSweeney talked with a representative while Juniors Jason Begin and Elizabeth Walsh waited patiently behind her.

“I find it [college fair] very useful,” said a bright and cheerful

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Megan McSweeney talks with college representatives at the NHS College Fair April 9.

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Jason Begin and Elizabeth Walsh look on as Megan McSweeney talks with a college representative at the fair Tuesday.

McSweeney. “Last year I wanted to be a music major, so there wasn’t a lot of schools around, but now that I’m intending to be a chemical engineering major, there are lots of useful schools here.”
Walsh also finds it useful. “Yes, it’s useful, but I don’t have a school yet, but a lot of my back up choices are here, none of my top schools though.”
When I asked about her top schools, Walsh had a lot to say. “They have a wide range of schools here, but no prestigious schools. Granted, Yale won’t come, but that second tier of schools isn’t here.”
Jason Begin also had complaints about how local most of the schools at the fair are.
“A college fair was held  last weekend in Hartford, so we knew the schools were going to be in the area,” Says Mr. Staib, NHS career coordinator who helped to set up this year’s college fair.
With college just around the corner, the emotions tied to leaving high school differ. McSweeney is more excited than nervous. “It’s overwhelming, but for now it’s pretty exciting!”
Walsh has a different perspective on things.
“Yeah I’m nervous. My grades suck. Hopefully they understand that I didn’t have a perfect semester.”

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