VACAVILLE — Hundreds of students swarmed the Vacaville High School campus Thursday night, all hoping to come away a little closer to knowing where they are going for college.
With more than 30 colleges and universities in attendance, the students had plenty to choose from.
“This is something we were looking forward to,” said Robert Nunez, a college adviser at Dixon High through the Destination College Advising Corps out of the University of California, Berkeley. “We have (students) coming from Dixon High, Vanden High, Vacaville, also Will C. Wood. It’s a great turnout.”
Certainly the number of choices, including UC Davis, Sacramento State, Humboldt State, Concordia University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and a host of others, made it a useful event for the students.
“It’s just something cool to go to because a lot of people kind of don’t know what kind of college they want to go to,” Vanden senior Fiona Reece said as she stood in line for the UC Davis table with her dad, James.
The choices opened some eyes to the possibilities.
“I just thought that I wanted to go to UC Davis only and I got a bunch of different colleges I didn’t even know existed,” Reece said. “So yeah, it’s a good experience.”
After having had her mind made up, Reece said her experience gave her plenty to think about.
“(It’s) complicating because there’s a lot of colleges, but there’s also more doors that I can open to get into different things. Instead of one opportunity, there’s tons of opportunities,” she said.
For dad James, it was about finding out what opportunities were there for his daughter.
“I’m just excited for her. I’m retired military and I’m a disabled veteran, so she’s got that to take advantage of,” said James Reece.
In addition to colleges, there were also groups offering help with the SAT and other parts of the college preparation process.
That was just what Nunez and the other organizers were hoping for.
“Parents are coming out and getting involved as well with financial aid help,” he said. “Parents are also here bringing their kids and it’s a great way to get them involved in the community as well as with college information and we would love to help (them) here.”
There was no firm attendance number Thursday, but Nunez said he was hopeful that the event would reach its target.
“We were looking to shoot (past) 1,000 (people) so fingers crossed, we’re looking to get over that,” Nunez said. ”The turnout is just phenomenal.”
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