by Greg Marchand, Head of University Counselling
This Monday, over 400 students and parents came together in the Senior School gym to meet representatives from 38 universities across the country. Dubbed the Canadian Universities Event, this was the first time that this many admissions offices had gathered together in British Columbia.
The event was a huge success as students were able to collect course catalogues and speak directly to any university that interested them – from Newfoundland’s Memorial University to the University of British Columbia. McGill University’s table was never without a line-up and the representative from Queen’s University was the last to pack up her display well after 9 p.m. With nine universities coming from the Maritime provinces, students learned a lot about institutions they would have a hard time travelling to or hearing about firsthand.
With over 80 different universities visiting our campus each year, group presentations such as the Canadian Universities Event are wonderful opportunities for students and parents to learn in one evening about several post-secondary institutions. Also, the admissions counsellors from these schools are able to learn about our school and the achievements of our students. Virtually every representative commented on the success of the evening as well as the quality of the discussions they had with our students.
Parents and students will have another great opportunity to have personal discussions with university representatives next week, when nine universities and colleges from BC visit our campus on November 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Copeland Lecture Theatre. After the initial presentation, universities will hold smaller sessions in classrooms.