Guidance department hosts annual college and career fair

St. Patrick had an informational career and college fair on Wednesday, August 31. Students from seventh to twelfth grade were given time during class to visit the cafeteria full of college and business representatives in order to obtain knowledge of the near future that lies ahead.

Universities and colleges that took part in the fair included University of South Alabama, University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Delta State University, University of Mississippi, Millsaps College, Mississippi State University, and more. Each representative was welcoming and eager to share a piece of information about programs, scholarships, and campus life. I spoke with the Gulf Coast recruiter of Millsaps College, Lauren Barattini, about the private college in Fondren, Mississippi. She said, “Professors will know your name and you will be able to have a one-on-one basis with each other.” This is much like the community we have here at St. Patrick — close knit and firm in education.

Many living examples of modern day careers came to the college and career fair. The Navy, Biloxi Police Department, Mississippi Power, Gulfport Fire Department, Merit Health, Habitat for Humanity, and other businesses arrived to educate students about possible professions. Local author and attorney, Michael Hewes, showcased his novel Watermark. His book is about a man returning to his deteriorated home after Hurricane Katrina to find evidence of a high-profile conspiracy. Many businesses gave insight as well as goodies for students to take home. Habitat for Humanity gave out temporary tattoos of their logo, Gulfport Fire Department gladly passed out plastic red hats, and Mississippi Power left candy to grab. Although the future may seem scary, it is always fun and enjoyable to learn of the endless possibilities.

Thank you to our guidance counselor, Mrs. Wilkinson, for organizing another successful college and career fair!

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Story by Sofia Cooper