College fair helps middle school students plan for the future

DREAM COLLEGE: Katherine Farrer, an eighth grader at Mount Carmel School, shows her college fair project on Friday. She hopes to get accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Lannie Walker/The Guam Daily Post 

Students at Mount Carmel School in Agat got a head start on planning for their future during a college fair held at the school on Friday.

“The purpose is really to make our middle school students think about college and dream about college and think about their careers,” said acting Principal Erika Guilliot.

About 120 students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades participated in the fair.

“A lot of students start thinking about college in their junior or senior year of high school and we want them to start thinking about it their freshman year, so right when they get into high school they already have that goal,” Guilliot said.

For Katherine Farrer, an eighth grader at MCS, her goal is to apply to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

“I have always wanted to go .... ever since I was really little. I am really specifically interested in naval architecture and marine engineering,”  she said.

She said the project helped students explore schools they already had their eye on as well as other options they may not have considered.

“I think it is really good for the students. It’s helping us branch out more and look at new colleges,” said Farrer.

Yale University was the topic of research for seventh grader Boyka Mark.

“I want to become a lawyer one day or maybe a judge,” he said.

“The college fair project taught me a lot. I need to focus on school,” Mark said.

The project was part of the middle school’s social studies course.

“It drives them to work harder in school and life in general. Anything is possible for them,” said social studies teacher Christina Mendiola.

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