Students, Parents Attend College Night

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Newport-Mesa students and parents crowd a building at the OC Fairgrounds for College Night. — Photos by Sara Hall

More than 2,500 students and parents attended the 2011 Newport-Mesa Unified School District College Night at the fairgrounds on Wednesday.

The Harbor Council PTA sponsored event featured about 140 different colleges from across California and around the country,” said organizer Jolene Benedetti.

“It’s a great way to gather information about many different schools,” all at once, Benedetti said.

It’s nice for students to be able to communicate with college reps and learn about a college from an actual person, she said, rather than just from a website.

Representatives from many certificate programs, such as computer programming, graphic design, cosmetology, culinary schools and fashion design, also attended the event.

Some Corona del Mar High School students and parents, like junior Roberto Weismann and his mother Francesca, attended the College Admissions Insight Night on Tuesday to learn more and get prepared for the event. Rick Diaz from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, had some very helpful tips, the Weismann’s said.

There are many NMUSD college prep related workshops and discussions throughout the school year, check each school’s online calendar for specific dates and events.

The annual College Night event is just one of many and it’s a great way to start of the year and a good first step toward choosing a college, Benedetti said.

A University of Virginia rep hands Taylor Bower a brochure as Sophie Leveque fills out a form in the background. Both girls are Newport Harbor seniors.
Newport Harbor High School junior, Brian Team, fills out an information sheet during College Night 2011.
Francesca Weismann and her son Roberto, a junior at Corona del Mar High School, look at some of the information they've gathered at College Night 2011.
A passer-by grabs an information pamphlet about Humboldt State University as a rep talks to interested students during NMUSD College Night 2011 on Wednesday.
Trinidad Koch-Medina, a junior at Newport Harbor HS, reads about a possible college choice.

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