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Mediapalooza Gives Admitted Students an Inside Look at the College of Media
Mediapalooza was held on Saturday, March 10. The event, for fall 2012 admitted freshmen, gave students and their families the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a student in the College of Media.
In the morning, the parents and students spent time watching presentations on the major of their choice. This gave them an opportunity to ask any questions directly to their department.
At lunch, families were paired with current students. They enjoyed a quick tour of the Quad and other parts of campus. These lunch guides are often the most important part of the day as families can ask more personal questions about school, dorm life, clubs, and campus life in general. Our student guides truly make Mediapalooza a more personal event.
After lunch, the students and their parents attended separate sessions. The high school seniors interacted with professors, current students, and each other on different departmental projects for their respective majors. Meanwhile, the parents attended a panel discussion featuring young alumni, professors, and the Dean. It is another opportunity for parents to ask direct questions about how their student will benefit from an Illinois education.
To end the day, the students met up with their parents for the Informational Fair. The Info Fair hosts all of the College’s Registered Student Organizations, study aboard opportunities, student’s summer internships, and several campus units such as Housing, Financial Aid, the Career Center, and Public Safety.
The motto of the day was, “Don’t leave without all of your questions answered.” Mediapalooza is important because it really allows the College to show these high school seniors what it has to offer. They get a one-of-a-kind experience when they interact with students and professors and it really makes them feel a part of the Media family.