This was the first in-person college fair for Noble juniors in four years due to COVID-19 pandemic. It went off without a hitch. Teachers, advisors, and staff from across Noble supported each other and kept the event moving, helping students navigate the arena and use their time wisely. Dr. Rachael Rosen, one of the organizers of the College Fair and Noble’s Pre-College & Career Program Manager, was happy to see how deeply staff and students engaged with the event.
“It felt especially significant and special for our students and staff because it was in-person,” Dr. Rosen said, “There were so many memorable moments from the fair, but, overwhelmingly, it was seeing our students have meaningful conversations with the college admissions representatives and asking insightful questions that really stood out to me.”
College recruiters agreed that they loved interacting with Noble’s inquisitive and prepared students. For Naeem Brown, a recruiter at Villanova University, this was his first time at the Noble College Fair.
“It’s been great. I definitely could see myself coming back again,” Brown said, “Students have been asking me about what programs are popular at our university, general college culture on campus, and details about our location.”
Brown’s charisma and honesty when talking with students stood out to Giovanni, a student at Rauner College Prep.
“I’m interested in Villanova. Naeem was super friendly and welcoming. He made the school and culture sound really great, and I want to go there,” Giovanni said.
Bonita O’Banion, a 1960 alumnus of Fisk University and former CPS teacher, equally enjoyed her time with Noble students.
“The students are fantastic!” O’Banion said, “They’re very interested in knowing about the universities. They ask very good questions – they want to know what it’s gonna take to get into the university of their choice, they want to know about financial aid, and they ask about SAT scores.”
O’Banion also spoke a lot to the strength of Fisk University as an HBCU (historically Black colleges and universities). She said her husband, sons, and several of her family members have attended and been successful.