On September 20, upper school students, parents, and guardians participated in Bosque School College Night. This year’s event was the largest on-campus college fair ever hosted by Bosque School. Representatives from 19 colleges and universities visited with families and presented on a wide range of topics including choosing a college, out-of-state tuition discounts, and creative majors. Mark Giesmann, director of College Counseling, said, “I feel that an event like this was especially important right now because many students and families feel like they have lost out on many college visit opportunities due to COVID. By bringing this event to campus, I wanted students who haven't had the opportunity to travel to see a range of options available to them and hopefully be inspired to look even further.”
The annual college fair is traditionally a collaborative event hosted by Bosque School, Albuquerque Academy, and Sandia Prep. However, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, this year’s event was canceled for the second year in a row as none of the three schools felt comfortable bringing so many families together on one campus. However, because Bosque School’s college counseling department didn’t want Bosque School students to miss out on the opportunity altogether, Mr. Giesmann and our college counseling coordinator, Amy Lucero, decided to host a college fair just for our own Bosque School community. “I had a feeling that Bosque families were yearning for in-person events, so I decided to seek approval from administration to host our own smaller version of the tri-school event. I quickly realized that I, too, was more than ready for this type of interaction with colleges again, and my plans soon spiraled into a much larger event than I had initially envisioned,” said Mr. Giesmann.
To ensure the event would be as safe as possible for all the attendees, Mr. Giesmann and Ms. Lucero utilized sign-ups, kept rooms at a limited capacity, and made sure everyone wore masks. These restrictions created some additional challenges, but the result was well worth the effort. Ms. Lucero said, “I think it was important to have the Bosque community come together for an in-person event after so much separation last year. I think the night was a huge success, and we've been receiving parent feedback letting us know that they were grateful for the opportunity to connect with colleges and that the event was well organized. After attending, I hope families feel more prepared for navigating the college process and like they have support from the College Counseling department.”
We are delighted that so many of our families were able to attend this event, and we are already looking forward to next year’s college fair when the Tri-School Symposium will be hosted here on Bosque School’s campus!