À La Carte High School Sessions
The Office of Admissions at Kent State Stark offers several à la carte sessions appropriate for high school students preparing for college.
All sessions are approximately 50 minutes in length and have the flexibility to be formatted into an allotted time at the high school's request.
These sessions, unless otherwise indicated, are not Kent State specific and will help prepare students regardless of which institution they choose to attend.
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À La Carte Session Descriptions
Pre-college programs are designed to provide qualified high school students with a true college experience. The Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program (PSEO) and dual enrollment will be explained in detail during this session. General program information will be discussed and Kent State Stark specific details can be provided at the request of the school.
Get Started: A Crash Course in College Planning
Planning for college can seem overwhelming and many high school students don't know where to begin. This session will discuss how to choose a college, college visits, comparing schools, choosing a major, how to apply for admission and overcoming financial constraints and "sticker shock." We will talk openly about common fears students have when choosing a college.
Real Talk: When Your World Meets the Real World
“What had happened was” is a phrase we often hear students say when explaining their actions. In this candid session, juniors and seniors are taught that every action has a reaction. In a world of tough economic times and competition, it’s imperative that students learn to market themselves as a hot commodity. This session will highlight the projected top careers in five years demonstrating that some training beyond high school is imperative to be a productive citizen, regardless of profession. We’ll take a hard look at the role responsibility plays in the student’s future by addressing Facebook and Twitter etiquette, tattoos and body piercings.
In one word, diversity means different. As human beings, it is hard for us to often accept things that are different. In an effort to prepare students to live and work in an increasingly heterogeneous society and world, an approach for embracing diversity is presented. This session enables students who have not ventured out of their hometowns to assess and develop the skills recommended for effective leadership and multicultural understanding.
Financial Aid: Funding Your Education
Regardless of which college or university students choose to attend, they’ll find this information helpful as they begin preparations to file for financial aid. Geared towards first-time filers, this presentation guides the student through the process, identifies federal and state programs, discusses scholarship opportunities and provides a general overview of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This presentation highlights the different types of financial aid: grants, student loans, student employment and scholarships.
College Lingo: Slang and Buzzwords
This session is specifically for seniors and is designed to ease the transition by teaching students college lingo. Acronyms and names used in higher education will be discussed - GPA, registrar, FAFSA, bursar, quality points, forgiveness, to name a few. This session familiarizes students with the lingo so they don’t feel like the new kid on campus.
Your First Year of College: A How-To Guide
The first year of college is full of uncertainty, but help is out there! This session will help students prepare for a great first year experience and provide them with a how-to guide for college’s biggest challenges.
Kent State University at Stark Overview
This session is for all students and focuses on the opportunities at Kent State Stark. The facilitator will enlighten students with all the things they didn’t know Kent State Stark offers. Discussions will include the Honors Program, study abroad and study away opportunities, Student Leadership Academy, sustainability awareness and a vibrant student life program, to name a few. Students will be pleasantly surprised to learn about all the extras at Kent State Stark.