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Graduate School Fair offers opportunities for students

Wednesday, October 24, 2007  
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By Jacey Jacobs

Oklahoma Christian University hosted its first annual Graduate School Fair on Thursday, Oct. 11 in the University Center.

Sara Barnett is Oklahoma Christian’s Coordinator for Career Services, and this year she decided to put together a fair for students who are interested in attending graduate school.

“Oklahoma Christian belongs to a consortium of six liberal arts schools in Oklahoma called Career Pursuit,” Barnett said.

The six colleges involved include Oklahoma Christian, Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, St. Gregory’s University and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

“Each of the directors of Career Services makes up a committee who coordinates events such as this and the annual Career Pursuit Job Fair in February,” Barnett said. “After meeting this summer, I pitched the idea of a graduate school fair and offered to host it at OC. All of the directors were on board, so I started planning immediately.”

The Graduate School Fair is intended to give students interested in attending graduate school an opportunity to see all the different institutions in one area available for graduate work.

“Those who are considering graduate school know of the time and effort it takes to research programs, meet deadlines and submit application materials, and that can be overwhelming to some,” Barnett said. “This fair can eliminate some of those stresses, and questions can be answered on the spot by graduate admissions counselors.”

While the event was aimed toward students planning to attend graduate school, all Oklahoma Christian students and alumni were encouraged to stop by and visit and will be welcome again next year.

Barnett wanted to have a strong Oklahoma Christian presence at this event since it was the university’s first time hosting a Graduate School Fair.

Sixteen institutions were represented at the fair.

Melia Turner is a history major at Oklahoma Christian, and she attended the fair.

“As a history major, I know it can aid my career if I hold a graduate’s degree, and I think that the Graduate Fair is a great opportunity,” Turner said. “It can be a very stressful to decide where to go to graduate school, and I believe this aided in making my decision.”

The Graduate School Fair was free to students and alumni this year and should be next year as well.

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