Graduate School Fair offers opportunities for students
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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
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
The Graduate School Fair was free to students and alumni this year and should be next year as well.