Students from all over Leon county gathered at the Lifetime Sports Complex on Tallahassee Community College campus, Monday for the Leon County College Fair.
Every year since 2012 this event has continued to give students the opportunity to interact with more than 60 colleges and universities all over the country.
This one-stop-shop of colleges featuring Alabama State University, Mississippi State University and University of Texas provided access for students without the inconvenience of traveling.
Paired with valuable college information, TCC provided the students with scholarship applications to get a head start with saving money towards their college finances.
Teri Gimbel, guidance counselor for Leon County virtual school and event coordinator, believes this event is convenient for both the students and the colleges.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for students and families because they get to go from table to table and gather information about schools. They can ask questions to the colleges and then we encourage then to follow up afterwards with some on campus visits,” Gimbel said.
Florida High School senior Autumn Thompson said she attended this event to choose the right college and get a better understanding of her major.
“I think it’s very important for students like me to go to college to better their knowledge in certain fields, especially for my major which is psychology,” Thompson said.
Arlisha McQueen, Florida A&M University professor for the department of computer and information sciences represented FAMU to encourage the students to think about what they want out of their college career.
“We’re here to educate the Leon County schools and surrounding counties about what we have to offer at FAMU,” McQueen said. “This is very important for all students because we ask our students, ‘what are your goals? What do you want to do out of life?’ This is a first start for a lot of students in the community and it helps them broaden their horizons about what is to be expected going into college.”