This year’s Korea Daily College Fair, co-sponsored by McDonald’s, was held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Grace Korean Church in Fullerton. According to attendees, the fair was successful at educating students and parents about the expectations and requirements of various colleges.
“I am not sure how to prep for college and what kinds of activities I should do,” stated Tiffany Park, a sophomore from University High School, before the fair.
Another concern surrounded major specialization.
“I want to major in human behavior, neuroscience or psychology, but I’m not sure which colleges are best,” stated Palos Verdes Peninsula junior Susan Kim.
After the fair, many of the students’ questions were answered.
“The seminars taught me the importance of showing my own ‘color’ in order to get into the best medical school,” Park said after a workshop. “I also learned that I should apply for internships.”
Los Alamitos junior Benjamin Santiago stated, “I learned I have to join clubs and do extra curricular activities that make me stand out.”
Parents learned valuable lessons too.
“I thought that all you needed to get into great colleges was a high GPA and a good SAT score,” declared Young-Sook Jin, a mother of two. “After watching seminars given by parents who sent their children to the best universities, I learned that grades are not everything.”
According to Hee-Chul Kim, the father of a freshman, the fair provided a needed service to Korean American parents.
Mr. Kim said, “I want to thank the Korea Daily for giving Korean parents, who often don’t speak English well, the opportunity to learn so much about colleges.”