Story and photo by Paul Long, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs
(YOKOSUKA, Japan) – Prospective college students and their parents attended the annual College Fair, held inside Nile C. Kinnick’s gymnasium, Oct 23. More than 50 colleges and universities from the United States and Japan were represented at the fair.
Alumni or volunteers manned the booths representing the various schools.
State University of New York’s Maritime College graduate Gabriel Rosa, an ensign assigned to the USS Shiloh (CG 67), spoke to several students and their parents about the benefits of attending his alma mater.
“My commanding officer also graduated from New York Maritime, and he asked me to come here and spread the word about the school,” Rosa said. “Not a lot of people know about this college.
Rosa explained that the one of the benefits of attending his school is that not only that you get a degree, you’ll also graduate with a U.S. Coast Guard merchant shipping license as well as traveling to other countries during your college career.
“I’ve been to 11 countries in my four years at Maritime,” said Rosa. “I’ve seen a lot of the world…Europe and South America.”
Rosa said that students have the choice to join other branches of the military as well as become civilian merchant mariners upon graduating from Maritime.
Kinnick sophomore Tatiana Montes attended the fair with her mother, Annette, and she’s looking at all Ivy League schools, the University of Florida, and Campbell University. She eventually wants to become a corporate lawyer.
“I just wanted to get as much information as I can, so that once I have it, I can make the right decision,” Tatiana said. “I’m talking to people who know these colleges, and if I can’t go see the colleges, I can talk to people who know about them.”
“I think that there’s a lot of information from each school,” said Annette. “They’re not just saying, ‘Hey, come join us’ or displaying big banners looking all cool, they have good information for you to read and take home.”
Parents and students who missed the College Fair can contact Cheytoria Hickey, Dottie Ault, or Angie Lewis at 243-7392. Students can visit Kinnick’s College and Career Center, where they can obtain information on more than 800 colleges and universities.