Students dress for success at college, career, transfer fair

Spirits are high as a group of high school juniors and seniors walks across campus to the Gallery, where they will hear filmmaker Ryan Darst speak on the importance of connections and social skills, which he said “makes you a fully rendered adult.”
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

Nearly every 11th- and 12th-grader in the county showed up in their business attire to meet and greet college and career reps at the fifth annual College, Career and Transfer Fair at Feather River College on Sept. 18.

Busloads of students from around the county as well as Westwood and Loyalton descended upon FRC’s campus for an up-close and personal encounter with representatives from 29 different colleges and 67 career booths.

Students rotated through three activities: guest speaker independent filmmaker Ryan Darst spoke to students about the fair’s theme, “Hack Your Life”; a networking session with postsecondary education and career reps; and an FRC alumni panel discussion.

The fair opened with a brief video created by Enactus president Chris DeHart, who depicted the Hack Your Life theme. The popular phrase refers to making plans and applying entrepreneurial skills to reach your goals and make your life what you want it to be.

Darst showed clips of his award-winning film “Dreamworld” (which played in its entirety Sept. 17 at the West End Theatre), and encouraged students to “load up your hard drive.” Darst emphasized the importance of work and life experience and social and software skills.

Darst used his own experiences as a springboard from which to demonstrate the importance of having a job, any job at all, that would inevitably help a person achieve his or her ultimate career goal. He stressed that the connections made even at the lowliest job could be the “big break” needed to boost a worker’s career.

Local FRC alumni panelists Amy Churchill, Tyler Pew and Seamas Gallagher answered questions related to choosing their career paths and finding their passion.

The three-hour event culminated in a relaxed lunch hour where students could further network with college and business reps, roam around campus or engage in conversation with guest speakers, organizers, teachers and students.

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