This year’s Fall College Transfer Fair held Sept. 28 allowed a chance for students to look into their futures while they went about their daily routine.

Students across a wide array of study areas got help in their transition from Hinds to four-year universities by visiting with recruiters, ask questions about programs offered, the admissions process and scholarship offers, among other things.

“I’m looking for a low student-to-teacher ratio,” said Caleb Sisk, of Raymond, who is studying psychology. “It allows for good communication in class with teachers.”

Caleb Sisk, of Raymond, chats with recruiters from the University of Southern Mississippi during the Fall College Transfer Fair.

“This is an important first step in which students may narrow down their list of potential transfer schools, then make personal visits to their colleges of choice,” said Michelle Davison, Honors and International Advisor with Hinds and a key coordinator of the event.

Recruiters from 20 universities in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama attended, including Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Belhaven University, Blue Mountain College, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Louisiana Tech University, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Mississippi Valley State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi State University, Northwestern (La.) State University, University of Mississippi, University of West Alabama, University of Louisiana-Monroe, UMMC Health Related Professions, William Carey College, University of Southern Mississippi, Tougaloo College.

They heard from students with interests as varied as the college experience itself.

Basketball has been a passion for me all my life,” said KeyDarius Downs, of Edwards, a former high school hoops player at Raymond High School. “Now I’m looking to go into coaching.”

KeyDarius Downs chats with a recruiter with Belhaven University during the Fall College Transfer Fair.

Kylei Taylor and her friend, Cikhyzyan Cleveland, both of Jackson, made sure to visit the UMMC table, as both are trending toward healthcare careers.

“For me, I’m looking for a great RN and BSN program,” Taylor said. “I’m a hands-on person who loves helping people.”

Kylei Taylor, in black hat, of Jackson, chats with recruiters with the University of Mississippi Medical Center during the Fall College Transfer Fair. Filling out a form at the table is her friend, Cikhyzyan Cleveland, also of Jackson.