Not your average transfer college fair

The Career and Transfer Center hosted a Transfer College Fair where students had the opportunity to have their questions answered about the transfer process.

Representatives from about 50 universities were lined up on the Mall ready to answer student’s questions as well as handout flyers and brochures as guidelines. They had the opportunity to meet with representatives from local and out of state universities.

Students who attended were given a bingo card. The card contained small boxes with university names. Above the chart, eight questions were provided for students to ask each representative. Students who filled their boxes with stickers would enter the raffle to win a gift card.

Judy Lam is a transfer counselor and thinks the College Fair shows students other schools beyond the area that they can apply to and it gives them the opportunity to speak to one of the representatives from the school.

“This is for students to get to know the universities and all the different representatives. It kind of just opens students eyes to all the schools that are around because a lot of the time most students just want to go to CSUN and UCLA because they’re really close,” Lam said.

Coordinator for Cal. State Los Angeles Jacquelyn Mendieta said, “I always recommend students to meet with a transfer center counselor to make sure they’re on the right track to meet the admission requirements.”

Joe Nevans, computer science major, said these events are very helpful because it reinforces what he already knows.

“I would really like for the school to continue making these events just so that we can touch base with the school we are interested in and to make sure we’re on the right track,” Nevans said

Anthony Mencillas has been at Pierce for a year and a half and will be transferring to San Jose in fall 2017.  He thinks it’s accommodating because some people are not informed and it helps them with anything that they want to know about any college in particular.

“I definitely recommend this to other students because it’s very informative, especially when you have the actual representative from the university that you are interested in explaining everything to you in details as opposed to just reading it online,” Mencillas said.

According to Lam, representatives from different universities go to the Transfer Center to meet individually with students because they find it more helpful speaking one on one.

Pierce will soon be having a UCLA and CSUN event for those students who are interested, Lam said.

If students have any questions regarding the process of applying, they can come to the Counseling Center Monday – Thursday 9 -7 p.m. and Fridays 9 – 4 p.m. to get help from counselors and transfer mentors.