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Workshop Wednesdays

Your college search just got easier.

What’s the difference between a liberal arts college and a state university? How can my family afford college? How can I really nail my college essay?

When you dive into your college search, the questions start piling up. So it’s time to find the answers in our new series: Workshop Wednesdays. We’ll cover the topics that rise to the top when you’re thinking about college.

Register for one or multiple workshops!

1. Navigating Financial Aid

Wednesday August 12, 2020 3:00-4:00 PM Central Time

Affording college is one of the top reasons students stress about the search. Don’t let fear of the unknown slow you down. We’ll lay out all the tools and resources available, and explain how the financial aid office is really friend not foe. Along the way, we’ll decode the financial aid lingo.

2. Application Tips and Pointers

Wednesday August 19, 2020 3:00-4:00 PM Central Time

Getting started is sometimes the hardest part. This workshop outlines the types of applications available to you, the different deadlines choices, and how to organize your college search to keep you feeling calm, cool, and confident.

3. Filling Out the Common Application

Wednesday August 26, 2020 3:00-4:00 PM Central Time

Let us be your guide as you make the leap into the Common App. This step-by-step tutorial will give you the motivation to move from section to section with the stealth-like grace of a panther and the strategic smarts of a two-time Nobel Prize winner. Get the tips that will help you make the most of your talents, energy, and academic achievements.

EVENT RECORDED: What is a Liberal Arts College?

Wednesday July 8, 2020 3:00-4:00 PM Central Time

We often think of the humanities and arts when we think of a liberal arts college. It’s not always understood that pre-med students, biologists, chemists, and other brilliant scientists get their degree from liberal arts schools. Tackle all the myths and misperceptions with us and learn about the unique learning style of a liberal arts education in this first Workshop Wednesday.

EVENT RECORDED: Finding Your Sense of Belonging

Wednesday July 15, 2020 3:00-4:00 PM Central Time

Geared towards students who are just starting out on their college search, this workshop aims to help you identify the schools where it’s about more than just fitting in – it’s where you’ll connect to community both in and outside of the classroom. We’ll help you prioritize the values and characteristics to look for as you create a college list that sets you up for success!

EVENT RECORDED: Being the First: Navigating the College Process as a First Generation Scholar

SPECIAL TUESDAY SESSION, July 21, 2020 4:00-5:00 PM Central Time

When you’re the first person in your family to go to college, it’s helpful to lean on those who have traveled a similar path and can lend extra support along the way. This session will focus on the value of the liberal arts degree, navigating the admissions process, introductions to the Mac first gen college network, and other tidbits on what students and families need to know.

EVENT RECORDED: Decoding the College Search Process (U.S. Students)

Wednesday July 22, 2020 3:00-4:00 PM Central Time

This step-by-step guide, specific for U.S. students, will show you how to navigate the college search process. We’ll look through the lens of this time in a pandemic (we can find the silver lining!). You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the different types of colleges, how geography affects your choices, when and how you should consider a major in your search, and other priorities that will influence your decisions.

EVENT RECORDED: Decoding the College Search Process (International Students)

Wednesday July 22, 2020 7:00-8:00 AM Central Time

This step-by-step guide, specific for International students, will show you how to navigate the college search process. We’ll look through the lens of this time in a pandemic (we can find the silver lining!). You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the different types of college, how geography affects your choices, when and how you should consider a major in your search, and other priorities that will influence your decisions.

EVENT RECORDED: Writing a College Essay

Wednesday July 29, 2020 3:00-4:00 PM Central Time

Our most interactive workshop, we’ll lay out the do’s and don’ts of writing a college essay. Discover the ways to represent yourself in an authentic and genuine way to stand out among a sea of applicants. Plus, we’ll cover the basic proofreading steps that will avoid embarrassing errers (see what we did there?).

EVENT RECORDED: Getting Your Letter of Recommendation

Wednesday August 5, 2020 3:00-4:00 PM Central Time

Getting into college is not a solo effort! In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss the best ways to partner with your VIP supporters, as they build letters of recommendations which truly highlight the academic strengths and personal characteristics that say you are college-ready.

EVENT RECORDED: Being Your Best Advocate

Wednesday August 5, 2020 4:15-5:15 PM Central Time

For students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, or those who are the first in their family to go to college, our Diversity and Inclusion team will share ways to advocate for your goals and needs. From selecting your personal essay topics to communicating with admissions offices, they’ll provide insight into the ways you can be your best advocate during the admissions and financial aid process.

Macalester Info Session
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INFORMATION SESSION & TOUR

In addition to Workshop Wednesdays, you’re always invited to learn more about Macalester in our Online Info Session & Tour. Hear about a variety of opportunities, classes, and pathways to graduation. Then join current students to explore the campus from their perspective. The 30-minute information session is followed by a 45-minute live tour, and includes time for your questions.