The Council of International Schools, or CIS is a college and university fair that visited ISP on Friday, September 14th. The fair is a great opportunity for students to get to talk to representatives from different colleges and universities and see if any sparks their interest. Even if students do not find a university they want to apply to, the fair is still a great opportunity to practice asking university-related questions to people who work in such institutions. The CIS Fair brought to ISP 26 colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, Italy, and Switzerland. Throughout the fair, juniors and seniors could be seen talking to the various representatives, and asking many questions about all of the different programs and institutions.
Waily H, an ISP junior, thought that “it was very interesting to see all of the different colleges and universities, and get to learn more about them”. She also thought it was a great opportunity provided by the school, as she could learn from these institutions from people who work for them.
In order to obtain the perspective of one of the representatives, I spoke to Jessica Brown, the representative of Mount Saint Vincent University. This is a university located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was established in 1873, and consists of a student body of more than 4,000 students from 60 different countries.
When asked about her thoughts on the CIS fair so far, the representative said that it was very interesting to see how students at ISP have “such great global exposure” seeing as there are students from a wide range of nationalities. She also said that students seemed very well prepared, and ask very good questions.
When thinking of what made this fair stand out from others she had been a part of, she said that what stood out the most was the caliber of students, as well as how they all seemed very prepared when asking questions. Some advice that she would give juniors and seniors in these last two years is to “ask as many questions as possible, get involved in different activities, and to enjoy senior year”.