Keyboard and Mouse

College Con Sessions - April 2021

Navigating College Admissions: 
Class of 2022
(Ms. Marti Johnston - Manual Counselor)

This session will provide a step-by-step process planning college admissions; and it will provide resources to help guide students.  In this session, Manual juniors will be given the Manual process for submitting their college admissions documents during their senior year.  This will help students get prepared early for their college process.

College Lecture
Building Your Story:  College Essay Writing
(Alesia Williams - Manual English Teacher)

In this session, we will begin to answer the question that is on everyone’s mind:  What do colleges want in the college essay?  In pursuit of an answer we will look at the most recent Common Application prompts, some tips compiled from a variety of expert sources, and models of effective essays.  This session will work as an introduction to the 4-day College Essay Summer Writing Workshop that will be held virtually in August.

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Circular Library
Honors Colleges:  An Ivy Experience at a Public University -
(Caroline Bell - WKU)

This interactive session will look at a series of questions (and will answer all of yours) related to honors programs/colleges.  Why choose honors?  What are honors colleges and how are they different from honors programs?  Why do universities create them?  Why should every gifted and high achieving student check out a couple during their college/university search?  What are the advantages and disadvantages?  Are honor programs/college courses harder?  What constitutes an “honor course”?

Interview Time
Competitive Scholarship & Interviews 
(Stephanie Dickerson - UL and Logan Sparks - UK)

This session will explore several topics related to scholarships at large, public state colleges and universities.  Topics include, but are not limited to, types of scholarships, the application and review processes, and how to properly prepare for a competitive scholarship interview.  We will provide information on best practices to keep in mind as you move through the college selection process and learn more about various financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

Group Bonding
Diversity & Inclusion on College Campus
(Dr. D.J. Mitchell - Chief Diversity Officer at Bellarmine)

In this session we will guide students from diverse backgrounds to help them locate specialized services and programs meant to provide an inclusive campus environment.  Student services for first-generation, minority, students with disabilities and LGBTQ+ students will be highlighted.  Information on university staff, departments and resources will be shared during the session.

Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)
(James Maywood -Morehouse College and Andrea Houston -Hampton University)

This session will explore the benefits of attending a historically black college and university.  It will shed light on the unique opportunities that are offered at HBCUs.  This session will also cover some of the basic information about academic support and items to be aware of before entering college.

Walking on Campus
Highly Selective Admissions/Holistic Approach 
(Ashley Sanders - University of Chicago)

This session will help to shed light on what it means to be a highly selective university and how highly selective schools evaluate applications.  We will discuss the holistic review process and how each part of an application plays a role in the decision-making process. 

Flexible Payment Planning
Financial Aid
(Jazzmine Golden - Bellarmine)

How do I get money for my student for college?  This session will provide information on applying for financial aid, including scholarships, grants, work-study and loans.  We will cover the ins and outs of financial aid.