On Wednesday, October 14, Canterbury Fifth and Sixth Formers participated in a Virtual College Fair with 192 colleges and universities in attendance. Director of College Counseling Sarah Ferland co-organized the event with other high schools, including The Williams School, St. George's School, The Frederick Gunn School, Hamden Hall Country Day School, and Cheshire Academy.
The event used the Education Connect Live platform from Novva Technology, with which colleges and universities could create virtual “booths” as they would at a traditional college fair. The platform allowed students to create their own profiles to include their interests and what they are looking for in a higher education institution. Colleges were also able to categorize themselves based on their tuition costs and whether they were in- or out-of-state, or public or private. Students were then able to search for specific colleges or within categories and chat live with representatives, indicate their plan to apply, look through brochures, and watch videos to learn more about the schools.
All Sixth Form students who have not yet committed to a college were in attendance, along with a large number of Fifth Formers, all of whom were able to participate from their homes or dorm rooms. Sarah Ferland was pleased with the outcome of the event, as were the colleges who participated. “The Virtual College Fair provided an opportunity for our Fifth and Sixth Formers to connect with college representatives,” she said. “Many of the schools to which our students apply were in attendance and, in a year with many changes, this is one of the ways we have helped our students connect with colleges to show their interest in applying and learn more about new schools. I was able to connect with several of the college representatives in attendance and they all thanked us for providing this opportunity and really enjoyed the virtual platform we selected."
Canterbury’s return to in-person learning this fall has allowed its personalized, one-on-one college counseling experience to continue unhindered. Even for students who are still learning remotely, Canterbury’s college counselors set up virtual, individual appointments to go through the college search and application processes, and students are still able to participate in college workgroups.