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Westlake High Participates in Online College Fair

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – At Westlake High School’s college fair this Wednesday, colleges and universities from all over the country traveled to Thornwood to speak and interact with prospective students.

However, frequent flyer miles were not required as Westlake participated in the online college fair hosted by College Week Live.

“It really lends itself because you can learn more about schools that aren’t in the area without having to travel long distances to go there on a visit,” Westlake junior Elizabeth Gottlieb.

The online college fair was set up by Westlake guidance counselor Nick DiPaolo in the second floor computer lab. All juniors and seniors were given the opportunity to visit the lab during free time in periods five through seven. After making a username and password, students can log in to the fair and learn more information about over 400 colleges and universities across the country. Students also had the chance to instant message, video chat, and view presentations given by college representatives.

“It’s exactly how you would envision a normal college fair, except it’s all online,” DiPaolo said. “The students can also expand their horizons as it’s not just the popular schools or the area schools that they can learn more about.”

Students can also gain access to the fair, which takes place November 2 and 3, from home once they create a username and password. DiPaolo said this is the first year Westlake is participating in the program and it is no cost to the school.

Gottlieb said she enjoyed the ability to use her free time in school to access these resources.

“It’s a lot easier doing it now during school because I don’t have a lot of time after school to look all of this information up,” Gottlieb said.

This year’s fair will act as a trial run for the school, but Principal Keith Schenker said it is here to stay in Westlake.

“This is something that we want to continue to offer in the future and I think it will grow,” Schenker said.  “It’s cost saving for parents and it’s time saving for students,”

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