HIGHER LEARNING: Prepping for college extends beyond academics

COLUMBIA CITY — College preparations can never be made too early, according to high school guidance staff at Columbia City and Whitko high schools.With a college fair set for Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Columbia City High School, guidance counselors across the county are encouraging parents and students to attend.“We tell our students to get up there,” said Mark Rickerd, guidance counselor at Whitko High School. “Parents should tag along and ask a lot of questions. They will think of things to ask that wouldn’t cross their child’s mind.”The event is open to any student and their parents. Counselors at CCHS want to see the college planning process begin at an early age.“There are some middle schoolers that come to the fair,” said Sarah Maynard, director of guidance at CCHS. “The more you know, the better you can set yourself up for success.”Although academics are important when planning for college, other aspects of college life should be considered before students embark on the educational experience.To read the rest of this story, see the Oct. 2 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.