Mount Carmel holds college fair

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According to Max Mafnas, a 6th grader, he chose to do his project about Duke University because it was one of the top 10 colleges in the country.
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As a way to encourage students to consider their options for higher education, the Mount Carmel School hosted their 3rd Annual College Fair Friday afternoon.

With dozens of poster boards propped on the tables at the Mount Carmel School Phoenix Hall, students ranging from 6th to 8th grade gave presentations about prospective colleges they were interested in.

According to Max Mafnas, a 6th grader, he chose to do his project about Duke University because it was one of the top 10 colleges in the country.

“A lot of these people that went to Duke, they came out with two things: they came out successful and they came out not lazy. Because people who get into Duke are people who are striving to better themselves and be successful in life,” Mafnas said.

Christina Mendiola, a social studies teacher at Mt. Carmel, says that the event offers a chance for students to explore options they would otherwise not know of.

“We just want them to know that there’s so many opportunities that they have. They just have to look. And Guam is such a small island. We have an amazing college, but I just want them to know it’s not their only choice. They can go around the world if they do the research. They go on the internet and really set a goal for themselves if this is what they want to do,” Mendiola said.

As for Mafnas, he feels happy that he did the project and got to learn more to plan for his future.

“Learning about it was really cool, but showing other people about it made me feel good. Because if they didn’t know and I taught it to them, I’m teaching them something new,” Mafnas said.

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