In order to help prospective grade 11 students prepare for university applications in the fall season, we organized a University & College Fair followed by Alumni Presentations. For the fair, we had a total of 16 local post-secondary institutions attend our event and provide students with useful information as well as answers to their questions. For the Alumni Presentations, we had a total of 5 alumni give 5-10 minutes presentations on their university experience. In overall, our event helped students at my school prepare and get the information they need from university representatives.
I reached out to my fellow students in my Theory of Knowledge class and asked them if they would be willing to help organize the event. In total, I had two main leaders alongside myself and around 10 volunteers from the class.
Our targeted audience was grade 10 and 11 students at our school. Through this project, we were able to help many students with figuring out the paths they would like take in the future well in advance, which also helps release their anxiety for the senior high school years.
The biggest success was the Alumni Presentations. Our 5 speakers all had very different perspectives, which then allowed our participants to hear a range of views and opinions. They all did an amazing job providing students with honest feedback. When talking to our participants after the presentations, they all expressed their gratitude for the event and how amazing they thought the presentations were!
Through this project, we learned the importance of organization. In order to ensure a successful event, we had to create an organized schedule for all the different activities that had to take place throughout the day. We created a plan for the volunteers and the participants as well as a map for the event!