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NSHSS Member Event at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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!





Saturday, April 1, 2023
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

University of California, Los Angeles
Ackerman Union

308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California, 90095



College & Career Fair exhibitors: Azusa Pacific University, California State University Bakersfield, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),, Education Unlimited Summer Programs, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Grand Canyon University, Great Expectations College Prep, Ivybound Tutoring, JAS Forwarding - USA, LanguageBird, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College, Loyola Marymount University, Minerva University, Santa Clara University, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), UC Berkeley Pre-College, International, and First Semester Programs, UC Scout, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of the Pacific, University of San Francisco, University of Queensland, UCLA U.S. Army ROTC, and more to be announced!


**This agenda is not final and subject to change**



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.

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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.

Thank you to our collaborating sponsors!

Hotel & Parking Information

*Attendees are responsible for getting to and from the event location.*

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.


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