Approximately 1,100 high school students from five school districts were at Dover Bay Secondary on Thursday afternoon, scoping out post-secondary options from dozens of Canadian universities.
The second annual university fair is the largest even of its kind in Nanaimo, and brought students from Port Alberni, Campbell River, Courtenay, Comox and Ladysmith.
Universities from B.C. to the Maritimes set up booths in the school gymnasium, where a packed room of students made their way from booth to booth.
Jason Li, a student at Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary School in Courtenay, said he feels seeing many national universities in one room ultimately will help him make a choice.
"I'm an international student (from China)," he said.
"So it's helpful to see so many different schools from across Canada here."
School counsellors Scott Christianson and Lisa Sunde organized the event with the help of marketing students, who helped with planning.
Christianson said the idea is to get students thinking about post-secondary.
"I just had a girl asking about getting her biology upgraded because she realized she would need it," he said.
"It also just gives exposure to schools they'd never think about."
Gabrielle Rekai, a recruiter who came all the way from University of King's College in Halifax said she doesn't necessarily get a lot of interest on the West Coast, but she is always keeping an eye out for the "right" students.
"It's about recruiting the right people, and the right people could be anywhere."
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