After such a successful event last year, NSHSS is coming back to the West Coast in 2023!
Join us on UCLA's gorgeous campus for a Saturday filled with networking, educational workshops, and honoring NSHSS members. Students will have a chance to learn more about UCLA and explore their campus for a day while meeting fellow NSHSS scholars, parents, and educators!
The event will feature an informational session about UCLA, a UCLA Student Panel, NSHSS Partner workshops, an exclusive College & Career Fair, and the NSHSS Member Recognition Ceremony where each member in attendance will be awarded an honor medallion for their scholarly success!
UCLA MEMBER EVENT
**This agenda is not final and subject to change**
SATURDAY, April 1
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration & Badge Pick-Up
Attendees will check in with a digital or printed copy of their tickets, and members will receive name badges in the Ballroom foyer.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Networking Breakfast
NSHSS will provide a catered continental breakfast for attendees.
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM: College & Career Fair
Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors.
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: NSHSS Welcome & UCLA Information Session
NSHSS will welcome attendees to campus, then NSHSS Collegiate Council Member and UCLA Bruin Ambassador, Simran Athwal, will guide them through an informative presentation about the University of California, Los Angeles!
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: How To Craft A Winning Personal Statement
At a loss for how to sum up the entirety of your identity in a single essay? Discover how to brainstorm effectively, pick the ideal prompt, minimize essay overlap, and make the mundane more analytical and insightful in your personal statement. Great Expectations College Prep will discuss how to develop a personal statement to help students find what makes them unique and stand out in college and scholarship applications!
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: UCLA Army ROTC Scholarships
Our NSHSS Partner, ARMY ROTC, will host an educational workshop discussing information valuable for students. Army ROTC is a leadership development program that concludes with commissioning as an Army Officer in the Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard. These options will be discussed, as well as scholarship opportunities to cover full tuition at your academic institution.
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: A CIA Officer's Journey
Our partner, the Central Intelligence Agency, will present information about the special opportunities available to NSHSS members in high school, college, and even post-graduation. They'll provide a glimpse into some of their personal experiences working for the CIA and discuss opportunities for both student programs and employment after graduation.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Self-Guided Campus Tours
Attendees will have time to explore and tour the UCLA campus.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break
Attendees will visit nearby eateries for lunch on their own.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: College & Career Fair
We invite you to return to our college fair and continue conversations with admissions representatives and top corporate leaders.
1:00 - 1:45 PM: California Collegiate Showcase
A panel featuring local California universities as they discuss their admissions process, academics, campus life, and more, with live Q&A! The panel will consist of California State Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), the University of San Francisco, and more to be announced!
1:45 - 2:15 PM: Online AP Courses and Resources from UC Scout
In this session, you will learn about the resources and online courses available through UC Scout, which is a program from the University of California that offers 65 A-G approved online courses, including 26 AP® courses. All courses are self-paced, asynchronous, and offered in the fall, spring, and summer.
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM: UCLA College Student Panel
NSHSS members will hear from students at UCLA about their transition to college, what it takes to be a successful student at UCLA, and what life is like on campus with a live Q&A!
3:00 - 3:15 PM: Summer Sessions and Pathway Programs to UC Berkeley
This presentation provides an overview of unique programs offered to high school students as well as newly admitted students at UC Berkeley. The sessions will briefly explore the Pre-College Scholars program, Freshman Edge, Global Edge (study abroad), Dual Degrees (study abroad), and Fall Program for First Semester students.
3:15 - 3:45 PM: Surviving Freshman Year
Hear from NSHSS Collegiate Council Executive Board member Helena Coloma about her tips and tricks for transitioning from high school to college, getting out of your comfort zone and making new friends away from home, staying on top of the college workload, and more!
3:45 – 4:30 PM: Member Recognition Ceremony
Members will hear congratulatory remarks and receive their own NSHSS honor medallion.
Helena is majoring in Biochemistry at Harvard University, where she transferred from UC Berkeley. Her career goal is to become a military dentist. Helena is a former Scholarship recipient of two NSHSS Scholarships: STEM Innovation in Artificial Intelligence Scholarship (2018) and the Collegiate Council Academic Scholarship (2021). She is the NSHSS Collegiate Council Executive Board Co-Vice President of Member Engagement.
Nawana graduated from North Carolina A&T State University (HBCU) with a BS in Electrical Engineering. She built non-nuclear components for nuclear weapons then manufactured fiber optic amplifiers before being recruited by the Agency. Nawana spent the first 14 years of her career working in technical operations and lived overseas for 12 years straight. In 2012, Nawana returned to the Washington, DC area and turned her focus from operations to talent. A few positions Nawana has held since then are Diversity Recruiter, Student Program Manager, Intelligence Instructor, EEO Officer and now the Mid-Atlantic Regional Recruiter. Lastly, along the way, Nawana obtained a Master's in Management from Webster University and Master's in HR from Georgetown University!
Jen Kaifesh is the Owner/Founder of Great Expectations College Prep and has provided standardized test preparation and college counseling services to high school students for nearly 20 years. She founded the organization in 2006 and created a curriculum that has helped thousands of students develop a narrative that is both authentic and unique, enabling them to differentiate themselves from other applicants and thus earn acceptance at some of the best colleges in the world! But more importantly, she has assisted students to gain acceptance into colleges that perfectly fit their needs.
First Lieutenant Katie Carrigan was born and raised in Albany, Louisiana. She attended Loyola University New Orleans, where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and was commissioned as an Active Duty Military Police Officer in 2019. After completing the Military Police Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, 1LT Carrigan began her career at Fort Carson, CO. As a Platoon Leader for 127th Military Police Company, she completed a short-notice deployment to Kuwait and Bahrain to assist civilians during Operation Allies Refuge. With this, her platoon was integrated into a Joint Task Force alongside Navy and Marine personnel. Following platoon leadership, she became 127th Military Police Company's Executive Officer. 1LT Carrigan currently assists the Bruins Battalion with multiple tasks, including instructing, recruiting, and mentoring Cadets.
Adra has been working in education for over a decade. After an unconventional K-12 education that included taking courses through homeschooling, public school, private school, community college, and more! She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, after high school and then the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for graduate school. She taught high school in Las Vegas and English as a second language in Santiago, Chile, before returning to California to work in undergraduate admissions at her alma mater, UCSB. She now enjoys combining the knowledge and skills acquired throughout her career to do outreach for UC Scout and increase access to college prep courses for high school students. In addition to her passion for education, Adra loves teaching fitness classes and spending time with her husband and their two cats in her spare time.
Eden Nasher (he/him) serves as the Program Coordinator for the Pre-College Scholars program with its four different tracks (virtual, residential, non-credit and commuter) under UC Berkeley's Summer Sessions and University Extension collectively known as SSALLEX. He manages the lifecycle of each incoming student starting with admissions and recruitment all the way to program completion. In addition to supporting students, Eden works with parents, legal guardians, and high school/private counselors to help address any questions or concerns. Professionally, Eden lived and worked with youth in different parts of the world including Yemen, Egypt, Southern California, and the Bay Area. He holds a BA in anthropology from the American University in Cairo and an MA in higher education leadership studies from the University of San Diego, which he attended as a Fulbright scholar. He is specifically passionate about access and working with students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, as well as first generation students.
We recommend that you register as soon as registration opens. Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, seating is limited, and registration will close once we reach the venue's maximum capacity. Only those who register via Eventbrite will be admitted to the event. Registration fees are non-refundable.
NSHSS has secured a discounted room block at the Palihotel Westwood Village near UCLA's campus.
BOOK HERE until February 14
*Minimum 2-night stay per guest. A limited number of rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
NSHSS has also secured a room block at the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles-Santa Monica for a discounted rate of $219/night.
BOOK HERE until March 1
*Discounted rate applies to double queen rooms ONLY and is available for any night(s) between March 31 - April 2. A limited number of rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
NSHSS has also secured a room block at the W Los Angeles-West Beverly Hills for a discounted rate of $319-$419/night.
BOOK HERE until March 10
*Discounted rate applies to standard King rooms ($319/night) and Double Queen suites ($419/night) for any night(s) between March 31 - April 2. A limited number of rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Discounted rooms are also available at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. BOOK HERE
Attendees driving to the event can park in Parking Structure 8. Please be aware UCLA is a walking campus, and any rideshare or taxi dropoff will be a 5-minute walk from the event venue.