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What to wear to a College Fair

TechnomancerTechnomancer 162 replies24 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
edited August 2008 in College Search & Selection
Any info?

I have no idea what to do!!
edited August 2008
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  • dsultemeierdsultemeier 696 replies17 threadsRegistered User Member
    My D's guidance counselor told her students to dress nicely and neatly and try to make a good impression on the college reps. But I wouldn't go super formal either as that looks funny. How about khaki pants or nice jeans and a "polo" shirt?
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  • Knights09Knights09 1712 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Khakis, tucked in polo shirt, belt, shaved, neat hair.
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  • Weasel8488Weasel8488 2689 replies58 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It's really not that big a deal. Unless you act like a complete idiot, college reps are unlikely to remember you. Be polite and ask the questions you want answered, but don't worry too much about looking or acting impressive.
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  • worried_momworried_mom 2157 replies48 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    If your college fair is anything like the one at my son's high school (which had over 75 colleges represented), there will be hundreds of kids and their parents milling about, so don't expect to have "meaningful" conversations with the college reps. If you're lucky, you'll manage to work your way to the front of the line and get a chance to ask one or two questions, pick up some literature, and get on their mailing list.

    A polo shirt with clean jeans (no low-riders!) or khakis was what most of the boys wore; girls wore anything from jeans/shorts to simple shifts/jumpers or sundresses.
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  • fiN01fiN01 291 replies47 threadsRegistered User Member
    Um, I just wore shorts and a t-shirt, and the vast majority of people there didn't dress up at all...
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  • bclintonkbclintonk 7679 replies31 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I've been to a couple of these with my D. It's pretty casual, no big deal what you wear. The college reps are just there to wave the flag, answer questions, give out the usual promotional literature, and get your name on a card if you have any interest, so they can keep sending stuff in the mail. It's not like an interview. Just bring your questions for colleges you're already interested in, and keep an open mind to others. We're in Minnesota. Locally popular schools like the U of Minnesota, Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern were flooded with kids peppering them with questions; at times it was hard to get close. But it was a great opportunity to chat with reps from some very good East Coast and California LACs that don't get much attention around here.
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  • TechnomancerTechnomancer 162 replies24 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    ok thanks guys you've been really helpful!
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  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom 24049 replies804 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    As long as you don't wear something like a racist T-shirt or attire that's so revealing as to be vulgar, you'll be fine. College fairs are casual events.
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  • TechnomancerTechnomancer 162 replies24 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    ok so jeans and polo shirt are a-ok?
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  • MilkmagnMilkmagn 624 replies87 threadsRegistered User Member
    Is this a joke? use your head
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  • beefsbeefs 2311 replies248 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Nothing. If you wanna be memorable, I mean.
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  • TechnomancerTechnomancer 162 replies24 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    wait...some people said good jeans and a polo shirt are good. And then someone else says no? It's not a one on one interview, I shouldn't dress fancy! But I also don't want to wear shorts and a t-shirt either.

    Whats wrong with jeans and a polo shirt?

    I mean, I could wear khakis and a polo shirt instead. I'm fine with both. In fact, I love khakis.
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  • newken1newken1 64 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    just look neat and clean. its not a big deal
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  • quantaquanta 209 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    If its anything like my college fairs then everyone is there looking like they always do, nothing overtly special. The people you talk to are there to give you info about their college not to judge you and make notes about the manner of your attire.

    I wore a hoodie from an Ivy league college to see their reactions :D
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  • onmytiptoesonmytiptoes 89 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Just wear what you'd wear to school normally. It's really no big deal.
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  • lily11lily11 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I don't want to hijack this thread, but I was wondering if anyone had any tips about what to wear at interviews. I've seen a range, but if anyone with an inside perspective had an opinion that would be helpful. I don't want to sound too superficial, but I think that clothing has to play a small role right? Maybe I'm just paranoid.
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