“Most of the speakers are from the community; we have one speaker speaking about a program at [Kennesaw State University], a lot of them are previous students from Cartersville High School,” Graduation Coach Robin Hurley said.
For example, Jake Tripp, a CHS alumni, graduated from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and currently serves as a veterinarian at Bartow Animal Hospital. He spoke to a group of students about taking courses in veterinary medicine and some of his responsibilities as a veterinarian, which range from explaining to a client the family cat is pregnant and helping deliver the kittens to aiding a sick goat.
“In the profession you can treat anything you want. You might go to specialty training [for example] if you wanted to be an aquatics veterinarian,” he explained. “[The way] we were trained in vet school is you pick a track and in your first three years, everybody takes the same classes and your last year you choose if you want to mostly take small animal, exotics, or mostly large animal [courses] and that’s where your big difference comes into play.”
Hurley said prior to the event, students were advised on how to make the most of College and Career Day by asking questions ranging from application and scholarship deadlines to federal student aid information.
“We have a career center here and we have two counselors, so students can come and speak to us about [the application and scholarship process for] any of the colleges,” Hurley said. “They can also come by the career center during their lunch times to see me because we’re doing guidance lessons on all of these topics.”
Hurley said as graduation approaches, opportunities for students to attend college fairs become less frequent, leaving parents and students to do more independent research on application and scholarship information. She said, however, the career center at CHS still plays an important role in helping students and parents get started with that process.
“We have a newsletter we do every month that’s on our webpage that’s about scholarships; we have a file cabinet in the counselor’s office [students] can come look through; and we encourage them to go on different websites — Georgia 411, fastweb.com — and find scholarships they feel they could apply for,” Hurley said.
Senior Hunter Collins said he found the college fair to be informative and was able to leave the Storm Center with a greater knowledge of what college degrees fit in with his interests.
“Specifically, what I was looking for was majors in video game design, but what I got mostly was college with computer sciences [degrees], which could apply to what I wanted to do,” Collins said. “The favorite college I looked at was SCAD University.”
He continued, “They helped a whole bunch and helped me realize computer science was, in fact, going to help me in life because [computer sciences] is a broad subject ... [and] there were enough packets from the universities I looked at that can help to get me scholarships.”