By Luke Stone ’20
Following a long afternoon of practices to cap off their Free Day, Fifth Form Students, accompanied by the school’s College Counselors Mrs. Catherine Box, Mr. Phil Hooper, Mr. David Mabe, and Mr. Scott Schamberger, traveled to Collegiate School for the annual RAIS (Richmond Area Independent Schools) College Fair that has been held in the area since at least the 1990s.
“We’ve been taking students there for three years now, and we love that the fair is so well attended by colleges–there were more than 200 there last night,” Mabe, Associate Director of College Counseling, said.
While the majority of the admissions representatives hailed from the South and Mid-Atlantic, the fair still attracted colleges and universities from far-flung countries like China, Scotland, France, and Ireland.
“[Having so many schools in one place] can be overwhelming, but it’s an excellent chance for students to interact with representatives from a range of colleges all at once,” Mabe said. “It also helps students seriously consider new options. I can put Pepperdine or Bates or the University of Edinburgh on a student’s list, but contact with the representative makes that school ‘real’ in a whole new way.”