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College Prep & Preview Day Workshops

College Prep & Preview Day Events

12:30-1:30pm - Student and Family Registration

1:30pm - Introduction & Welcome

2:00-3:00pm - Workshop 1

3:00-4:00pm - Workshop 2

4:00-5:00pm - Enjoy other Fun Activities on Campus

5:00-6:30pm - Dinner

6:30pm - Buses Leave

The College Prep & Preview Day consists of a series of workshops that will give students and families insight into life at a liberal arts college.  These workshops, taught by Pomona College professors and college students, focus on a range of topics including college admission, networking, family and education, creative song writing and much more!   Each student, staff, and family member will be able to choose two workshops to attend.  There are two distinct tracks listed below: the student track and the family track.  Students should only choose workshops from the student track and family members and staff should choose from the family track.  In addition, we are offering two workshops in the family track for Spanish speakers.  If there are any other accommodations needed, please let us know!

Student Workshop Track

WorkshopDescription
Show Me the Money: Finding and Winning Money for College
How much will my education cost? Can I afford it?  Learn the differences between loans, scholarships, grants and much more!  This workshop will be a step-by-step guide to looking for and obtaining scholarships so that a college education won’t break your budget.
Doing the Right Things for College Admissions Have you ever asked yourself: “which classes should I take?” or “should I be joining an extra-curricular activity?”  It’s never too early to start thinking and preparing for college admissions.  This workshop would address some of the steps you need to start taking or thinking about to be adequately prepared to be a competitive college applicant.
Active & Productive Summers: It’s What You Do. Instead of spending your summers bored at home, wouldn't’t you want to do something fun, educational, and new?  The summer is a perfect opportunity for students to explore their various interests.  Whether it’s volunteering at your local veterinarian or attending a summer camp, getting out and being active is both energizing and looks amazing on a college resume!   What should I do? How can I get involved? A wide range of summer and volunteering options will be discussed, as well as the importance of having fun and productive summers.
On Common Ground: Students, Family and Education This game-show style workshop will allow students and families to share their feelings, knowledge and perceptions about education and college.  How well do you know your student?  How well do you know your family member?  Compete to see if you’re on common ground!
Communicate, Connect, Exchange: Networking and the Road to Success Success is as much about what you do as whom you know. Being able to communicate, connect, and exchange with different types of peoples can be the difference between making a good impression or a bad one.  Networking is an important and essential part of education, job-hunting, and the workplace.  This workshop focuses on the importance of networking, how to communicate with different people, and effective techniques to develop your networking skills.
Life at a Small Liberal Arts College: Pomona College Student Panel Is the “freshman fifteen” real?  How do you balance schoolwork and social life? Is there a curfew??? The college experience can be very different than the high school experience and you may have a lot of questions.  Hear what it’s like to be a college student at a small liberal arts college from college students themselves! Ask about the good, the bad, and the plain crazy surrounding the college experience.
Dreamers & their Allies: Creating Pathways for College for AB540 Students Dreamers and their allies have been working for decades to create pathways for undocumented youth to attend and succeed in higher education.  This legacy and vision is still alive today as organizing efforts around the DREAM ACT, and more recently Deferred Action, continue to give undocumented youth opportunities. Join us and listen to young, college students share their experiences as Dreamers, allies, and how they created their own, unique pathways to college.  This workshop will demystify the college process for AB540 students and add to current discussions on the ways undocumented youths contribute to our communities.
Playing the Game of Jeopardy: College Style Do you think you know all there is to know about college? Or is this your first time thinking about college?  Does not matter if you’re a college wiz or in the beginning stages of your college journey, join us for a jeopardy-style workshop that challenges students on fun college trivia.
Asking Questions, Studying Answers: The Basics of Survey Research We can learn about the world around us in many ways: watching, listening, talking to people, and making inferences through surveys. Whether learning how much TV the kids in your class watch, or the average income of all the people in America, a survey can provide data for understanding human behavior. In this workshop, we will learn the basics of survey methodology – how to create, implement, and analyze surveys – through interactive examples.
This is Who I Am: Claiming Identities How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? What influences our identities, and why does all of this matter? Come read, talk about, and create pieces about the multiple factors influencing identities. Find out a little about Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies too.
Chaos in Music Patterns appear in music, life and mathematics. In fact, it is the intricacies and evolution of patterns that fascinates us in both art and math. In this workshop we will explore chaotic dynamics through graphs, numbers and sounds. No previous experience required!
Leadership Begins on the Inside: Knowing Yourself as the Key to Success You may hear a lot of things on the news, at school, or from friends about people like you. Sometimes it’s positive; sometimes it’s negative. Never accept the way people talk about you. Create your own narrative and discover how your life experiences can be assets. Learn about yourself and how you already have more than you think you do.
LGBTQ and Heading to College: Navigating your College Experience College can be a challenging experience but you don’t have to face it unprepared. Find out what you need to know about how to navigate your college experience, and how to prepare for it.
Pure poetry: experimentations in formal and content-driven writing Have you always wanted to write poetry but never known where to start? Have you been writing poems for years and always dreamed of finding a workshop full of supportive artists to write and share with? Does neither of these questions adequately describe your experiences? If you answered yes (or no) to any (or all) of these questions then this could be the perfect session for you! In this one-hour workshop we will first explore haiku and short form poetry and then conclude with an exercise designed to allow us all to bank on our own knowledge and personal experiences for an endless supply of poetic material. Time permitting we will also have opportunities to share some of our work with each other. Everyone will leave this workshop with the tools to continue producing pure poetry!
Move your Body! Zumba and Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body A healthy body is crucial for a healthy mind but many of us are too busy to work out. Maybe the gym is intimidating or too expensive. Don’t let that stop you! With zumba and yoga, moving your body can be fun. Join us as we learn how to turn a workout into a personal party!
Theater Workshop: Making Something From Nothing Nothing is required to begin creating a work of theater; nothing except your mind, heart, and willing spirit. In this workshop, you will explore the creative process and your own innate creativity.
Register for Student Workshops

Family Workshop Track

WorkshopDescription
Show Me the Money: Finding and Winning Money for College
How much will my education cost? Can I afford it?  Learn the differences between loans, scholarships, grants and much more!  This workshop will be a step-by-step guide to looking for and obtaining scholarships so that a college education won’t break your budget.
Encontrar y Ganar Dinero para la Universidad
¿Cuanto costara la educación de mi hijo/a? ¿Podre pagarlo? Aprenda las diferencias entre los prestamos, las becas, subvenciones y mucho mas! Este taller será una guía a los pasos que deben tomar para buscar y obtener dinero para la educación de su hijo/a. No deje que la educación universitaria rompa su presupuesto!
Doing the Right Things for College Admissions Have you ever asked yourself: “which classes should I take?” or “should I be joining an extra-curricular activity?”  It’s never too early to start thinking and preparing for college admissions.  This workshop would address some of the steps you need to start taking or thinking about to be adequately prepared to be a competitive college applicant.
Pasos hacia Admisión a la Universidad ¿Alguna vez se ha preguntado: “¿cuales clases deberían tomar mis hijos/as?” o “¿deberían de participar en actividades extra-curriculares?” Nunca es demasiado temprano para empezar a pensar y preparase para admisión a la universidad. Este taller dará luz a algunos de los pasos que sus estudiantes necesitan tomar para prepararse adecuadamente para ser un candidato competitivo para la universidad.
On Common Ground: Students, Family and Education This game-show style workshop will allow students and families to share their feelings, knowledge and perceptions about education and college.  How well do you know your student?  How well do you know your family member?  Compete to see if you’re on common ground!
Life at a Small Liberal Arts College: Pomona College Student Panel Is the “freshman fifteen” real?  How do you balance schoolwork and social life? Is there a curfew??? The college experience can be very different than the high school experience and you may have a lot of questions.  Hear what it’s like to be a college student at a small liberal arts college from college students themselves! Ask about the good, the bad, and the plain crazy surrounding the college experience.
Register for Family Workshops