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A scene from the Mount's Study Away Fair, one of several hosted this fall semester - helping Athenians chart their futures personally and professionally.

Fairs offer students a glimpse into their future

Fall is typically the season for fairs and festivals – and that includes Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.  

Of course, not all fairs can help you see the world, land a job, and chart your professional and personal path.

Two fairs in particular this fall have helped Athenians look to their futures. The first, the Study Away Fair, showcased study abroad options available through the Mount’s Study Away program. On hand at the Fair were representatives from travel-study programs and University departments offering upcoming trips (such as an art class going to London and Paris , and a Spring Break business class trip heading to Beijing and Shanghai ). Students also had the chance to hear first-hand travel stories from alums and Chinese exchange students who shared about their respective experiences. 

“Studying away is one of the most important and influential life decisions a person can make,” says Jaime Wood, director of Advisement and Study Away at the University. “Studying away inspires global thinking, strengthens sense of identity and provides experience to launch careers.”

Speaking of careers, another major fall fair at the Mount was the annual Graduate School Fair. This year’s event brought nearly 50 programs and institutions to the University’s Chalon Campus, enabling students to explore their plans and goals by connecting with grad schools and professional programs. Hundreds of students attended the fair, which is presented by the Mount’s Career Services & Internships program.

“The Fair is also a golden opportunity to support our students in developing their professionalism and communication skills as well as for exploring school and career options,” says Marlene Simon, director of the program.

Of course, these two events aren’t the only opportunities Mount students have already had this fall to pursue areas of interest. In September, the University hosted a “Major and Minor Fair,” designed to help students explore their academic options at the Mount – and match their passions with a major or minor.

The month also saw Student Involvement Fairs take place at each campus, enabling Athenians to join clubs and organizations that match their interests – or find new interests to learn about. Similarly, a Community Engagement Fair opened up new off-campus opportunities for students – bringing volunteer and service organizations to campus. 

More than two-thirds of students at the Mount volunteer while they’re in school, and their service to the community has been recognized. The University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Service Honor Roll with Distinction, a tribute to the students who dedicate their time, energies and talent.

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