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Lanier hosts College Day

Lanier hosts College Day
Posted on 02/21/2016
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Juniors and seniors at Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery recently were given a chance to speak with representatives from colleges across the state at their recent College and Career Week. .

The event has been a success for more than 12 years, with college staff and career professionals set up in the gym to meet with students and answer their questions.

Nia Dillard, 18, is a senior who is planning on majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry in college.

"I want to go into pediatrics," Dillard said. "I love kids and I love helping them in anyway possible. When I was younger, I used to play nurse or doctor with my little cousins and try to get them back to health."

Dillard has been researching state schools for awhile now. She's applied to six and has been accepted to them all, including Alabama A&M, Alabama State University and University of Alabama.

One of the deciding factors will be scholarships. Recently, Alabama A&M awarded her a $20,000 scholarship during the their Presidential Bus Tour to Lanier.

She's still considering all her options, but wants to stay in Alabama.

"I want college to feel like home," Dillard said. "I want to get the best education possible ... there is so much in the world to learn that I feel like every college should offer the same thing, which is a great education."

This year, Dillard was among 400 students who took advantage of the college and career fair, according to Rose Penn, the director of guidance at Lanier.

She works daily with students to help them decide on a future school or career path. Fairs help students gain personal connections with schools they may have only read about, Penn said.

"Many of the students have heard about the schools, but they don't know much information about them," Penn said. "Once they connect with the representatives and are provided with some literature, they are become really drawn to that school."

Demond Lester, a recruiter from Alabama A&M, said many Lanier graduates gravitate toward their campus for the "homey" feel.

"We have that home-type feeling, that home environment that we offer for our students and opportunities," Lester said. "We're the A&M Bulldog family."

Other schools represented this week included Troy University, Columbia University, Huntingdon College and Jacksonville State University, along with career professionals from the Montgomery Police Department, Montgomery Fire/Rescue, the U.S.

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