Herald/CATRINA RAWSON - Mostafa Al Tameemi, a junior at Copperas Cove High School, looks at handouts from Kansas State University while attending Mid-Tex College Night Monday at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

By Rebecca LaFlure

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – Whether they were interested in a small college or a big one, being close to home or out of state, students could likely find what they were looking for Monday at Mid-Tex CollegeNight.

Hundreds of Central Texas high school students piled into the Bell County Expo Center Monday night in search of their perfect college.

The annual event showcased nearly 100 colleges and universities and offered information sessions about the admission process and financial aid opportunities.

"Sometimes, students have a very limited view of what college is," said Beverly Stephens, a Belton High School counselor who helped organize the event. "It opens students' eyes to how many opportunities there are that they might not otherwise know about."

Students and parents shuffled between rows of booths, each headed by a representative from a different university. The event offered something for everyone, including a culinary college, a fashion institute and several military branches.

"We want to find out what we really want to do," said Mack Meeks, a senior at Copperas Cove High School.

Meeks and his friends David McWhorter and Robert Wiginton, also Cove seniors, said they're thinking about going to Angelo State University together next fall.

"I might go there, just because they're going," said Meeks, who's interested in pursuing a career in the music business. "I don't want to be alone."

The seniors, who have been best friends for six years, said they're searching for a place that offers a variety of majors, has a fun college scene but is still relatively close to home. Meeks said he looks forward to getting involved in Greek life.

"I want to look for a fraternity, but they say I won't make it," Meeks said, as he pointed to his friends and laughed.

Harker Heights High School junior Chelsea Childers said she wants to attend a university that challenges her. She's debating between two unrelated majors – science and photography.

"My junior year really opened my eyes that I really need to work hard if I want to be successful in life," she said.

Her top college pick is Texas A&M University, but the University of Texas at Dallas also seems like a good option, she said.

"You have to be in the top 15 percent to even get in, so I have to work on that for when I graduate," she said.

Contact Rebecca LaFlure at rlaflure@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7548.

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