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Oregon Transfer Days fair is headed to Salem and Yamhill campuses

Ceeilia Sanchez (left), a second-year student, discusses the possibility of transferring to Portland State University with Tiffany Borden, an academic adviser for Chemeketa.

Ceeilia Sanchez (left), a second-year student, discusses the possibility of transferring to Portland State University with Tiffany Borden, an academic adviser for Chemeketa.

By Matthew Skog – Photo By Ted Stoffers

Preparing to transfer to a college or university can be difficult.

Paperwork, the admissions process, housing, campus life, and financial aid – students need to consider a great many factors.

Representatives from more than two dozen colleges and universities will be available to answer your questions at Chemeketa’s Salem and Yamhill campuses during the upcoming 2015 Oregon Transfer Days fair.

“Plan ahead,” Tiffany Gardner Borden, a counselor at Chemeketa, said. “Use this fair as an opportunity to plan ahead.”

Borden is the coordinator for the Salem campus Oregon Transfer Days fair.

“It’s hard for students to travel to a college and spend the day there,” Gardner Borden said. “By having these representatives all in one room on our campus, it allows students to make that first connection without having to leave town.

“This lets students get a feel for the schools without having to visit.”

Students can expect to see a wide variety of colleges and universities represented.

“We’re expecting at least 29 schools to have representatives” at the fair, Gardner Borden said.

The fair is free of charge and open to the public.

“It’s all very informal,” Gardner Borden said. “Students don’t need an appointment to meet with anyone. You can just walk up to a representative’s table and start asking questions.

“There’s nothing to sign up for, no cost, and you might leave with a lot of information to help you transfer.”

Gardner Borden said that no matter what stage of the transfer process you’re in, everyone can find something beneficial at the Oregon Transfer Days fair.

“There’s always the students who know what they want to major in and where they want to go,” she said. “Those students should go to the fair, find the school they’re wanting to go to, and talk to that school’s representative so they can ask about application deadlines, fees, and ask any other questions they might have.

“Then there’s the students who know they’re going to transfer but might not know where they want to go or what they want to major in. Those students should also go. This is one of the ways Chemeketa helps our students with their transfer questions.

“And if you’re a first-year Chemeketa student, or haven’t given transferring much thought yet, it’s never to early to go and take a look at your options.”

In addition to representatives from colleges and universities, the fair also will host representatives from the Ford Family Foundation, who will offer students scholarship applications.

Gardner Borden said she hoped that students would make the most of this opportunity.

“Just like with looking for a job, finding the right college is all about networking,” she said.

“But you have to put in the legwork.”

The Oregon Transfer Days fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Jan. 21 at the Chemeketa Yamhill Valley campus in Bldg. 1. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Chemeketa Salem campus in Bldg. 2 in the student programing area.

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