Alexandria Malcolm ‘17 – When it comes to figuring out the next step in your education, there are many different paths that are available. But how do you know what college is best for you? Romeo College Night offers opportunities to be introduced to colleges and universities across Michigan and some out of state.

For over 17 years, Romeo has taken pride in being the only school in the area to be approved by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) to hold a college night. Over fourteen high schools from the area are invited, along with their students.

This year Mrs. Coates, the accounting teacher at RETC, was put in charge of this event. In years past Mr. Brynaert and Mrs. Dossin have lead the night.

“A lot of effort goes into planning College Night, in many ways I would compare it to planning a wedding,” Mrs. Coates said, “You have to call all the colleges, make sure they can make it, and then hand deliver the invitations.”

This event gives not only students, but parents an insight to what the future can hold. Here, you can find information on the degree programs offered by colleges, and information on financial aid. It is important to get this information as early as possible, so you have time to consider your options. Students are encouraged to come as soon as freshman year, it is never too early to start planning your future.

“If you come junior year or younger, you can get a feel for what some of the careers really are,” Mrs. Coates said. “Like you might know that you want to go into engineering, but maybe not what specifically yet,” Mrs. Coates said.

Not only does College Night offer information on four year institutions, but also on trade colleges, the four branches of military, Coast Guard, and even some apprenticeships are available to talk with. Another advantage in coming to this is that sometimes, colleges waive application fees if you talk with them at college night.

¨Last year we had a pretty full house, I´d say we had over 400 people. They were lined up at the door before we opened the doors. It was a pretty cool thing to see,” Mrs. Coates said.

College Night will take place on Wednesday March 9th at the RETC, from 6:30 to 8pm.

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