by Paula Fierros & Celestina Marinez
On Oct. 24, several thousand high school seniors (and even some juniors!) attended College Night, once again held at the Tucson Convention Center—a golden opportunity for our Southern Arizona near-high school graduates to be offered hundreds of collegiate choices and opportunities.
Nearly 50 of our Pueblo Warriors attended this two-hour evening event, giving students enough time to tour the booths for each college. There were nearly 200 colleges and universities represented at this event.
Senior Ashely Andrade said she enjoyed looking at the U of A booth—which offered her education for her career interest in nursing.
Senior Robert Marinez also enjoyed the U of A booth since it offered engineering.
Senior Iram Arce said, “I spent a lot of time talking to representatives from the University of New Mexico not necessarily about that school’s academic classes but because of the great personality of the representative. He didn’t treat us condescendingly, and I picked up a couple of tips about college while I was talking to him.”
Seniors who have an idea of their future career have simplified their options based on what universities had to offer.
Senior Adela Garados said that she enjoyed speaking with multiple college and university booths.
“I really want to study foreign languages such as Italian and French,” Garados said. “It’s difficult to find universities and colleges that offer languages as a career.”
Plenty of high school juniors who attended College Night, as they are already becoming curious about their futures.
“Attending College Night was refreshing and definitely eye-opening,” junior Laura Conde said. “Even though I won’t be graduating for another year and a half, I am taking my time deciding where to attend college when I graduate in 2019. It’ll be here sooner than later.”