High school students and their families filled Shawnee Mission East on Wednesday, October 12 to start making plans for the future.
An annual event, the Shawnee Mission College Clinic is considered the premier college fair in the Kansas City area and has been hosted by Shawnee Mission East for over 50 years.
The event gives students an opportunity to learn about colleges and universities from across the country by speaking directly to college representatives. At the clinic, students are able to sign up for more information, view presentations, collect resources, and ask questions.
The clinic was held just a day after the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation presented more than $2.7 billion in scholarship offers from colleges and universities across the country through their Scholarship Shawnee Mission program. The event gave many students yet another way to learn about opportunities available through those offers.
Shawnee Mission West junior Sydnee Jackson shared she wants to be a lawyer, but hasn’t decided on a college. “I’m here because I’m not sure where I want to go. It’s been helpful to be able to talk in person with the colleges and have them answer my questions,” said Jackson.
Caitlyn Middleton, a sophomore at Shawnee Mission West, knows she wants to attend the University of Kansas after graduation. Although Middleton has decided on a university, she’s been torn on what she wants to study.
“I was thinking I should probably get ahead of everything, and get my thoughts set for what I want to do,” explained Middleton. “I’ve been talking to the KU representatives about the difference between architectural engineering and architectural design. This is a good way to get information.”
Christina Middleton, Caitlyn’s mother, shared that having many colleges represented at the clinic was helpful.
“It’s hard for families to get to all of these schools, so it’s nice to have the schools brought to you,” expressed Middleton.
As students weigh choices and start making plans for after graduation, they are encouraged to check-in with their counselors. This College Clinic Tips and Resources webpage also provides a series of resources for students and their family members to reference.