Fair highlights summer options

The second annual Summer Session Fair will be held in the multipurpose room in the Union tomorrow. The fair will be offering University students several opportunities to stay involved throughout the summer.

The staff in charge of the fair started planning this event almost a year in advance. The first Summer Session Fair was held last year, with more than 600 students attending.

Each academic college will be bringing advisers to talk to the students about the classes, workshops and education abroad opportunities that are available to them.

Other exhibitors that can be seen at the fair include Career Services, Financial Aid, Recreational Sports and Campus Involvement.

Many students are concerned with financial aid when taking summer classes, and this fair will inform students about financial aid opportunities, as well as summer jobs. According to Marcia Salazar-Valentine, associate dean for Summer Session, the online learning booth was very popular among students last year at the fair.

“They can take an online class and still work in the summer,” Salazar-Valentine said.

In order to fully prepare for this fair, Salazar-Valentine and Ann Krebs, director of marketing and promotions, surveyed students to find out exactly what they wanted to see at the fair.

“I think it’s the fact that they can go there and learn about all the summer classes and services we have to offer,” Krebs said when talking about the fair’s benefits.

Summer classes really can benefit students, for many different reasons.

Valentine also commented that students may take summer classes in order to graduate early or catch up to graduate on time.

“I picked up another minor so I wanted to get a head start on that,” junior Tom Hurst said when discussing why he took summer classes last year.

Hurst also said he plans on attending the Summer Session Fair tomorrow, and may take summer classes again this year.

Other benefits of the summer session fair are that students can receive food, giveaways, coupons and even T-shirts while they last. Students can also enter a drawing for BG bookstore gift cards.

The fair will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will provide maps and brochures for students, with information about all of the exhibitors.

Both Salazar-Valentine and Krebs said the fair will provide students with helpful information.

“Summer classes are an opportunity for students to stay on track,” Krebs said.