Area Students Turn Out for "College and Career" Night


By Ellis Eskew

The Junior League of Montgomery held it's 29th annual College and Career Night for high school students Monday night at the Renaissance Convention Center.

The convention center was bustling monday evening as high school students got a chance to learn more about colleges across the southeast region and potential careers.

 "This is a great tool for kids. Kids that might not be able to travel all over the southeast and go to different colleges, they can come here. We've got colleges from Virginia. We've got Vanderbilt, Georgia, Miss. State, Florida  A&M, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss," said Dawn Stephens with the Junior League.

Students tell us they appreciate learning about all the possibilities.

Student Thomas Harris says, "It's real nice. Instead of having to go on-line. And these colleges you don't hear of too often, get to see some of them and what not."

While some already knew where they were going..

"I want to go to the University of Alabama because I heard they have a really good law school. I want to go into law and biology," said Melanie Hogan.

Others were not so sure...

Senior Nisarg Patel tells us,  "Being a senior, it's really important, now you're crunching. I don't know what I want to be yet, and they got this here to help you figure out what you want to be."

That is the Junior League's goal of the night-- To help the students decide on what they may want to do and where they may want to go by providing scholarship booklets that help students learn about financial aid and be able to better plan for the future.

And students say they appreciate the opportunity.

"It's really important. Kids don't know how important college is. They think they want to go somewhere and it's magically going to happen. It's not going to," said Hogan.


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