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NSHSS Member Event at Columbia University - SOLD OUT

**We have hit the venue capacity limit on tickets for this event, so we are currently SOLD OUT. If you are interested in tickets, you can join the event waitlist through Eventbrite by clicking the sold out button below. Eventbrite will automatically email you should a ticket become available when you hit the top of the list. We will not be allowing onsite registration for this event. You must be registered in order to be admitted. We thank you for your interest in this event, and if you are unable to receive tickets, we hope to see you at Scholar's Day Atlanta!

Thank you, NSHSS Events Team**


NSHSS members and their families are invited to join us for our return to New York City at the prestigious Columbia University on Saturday, September 30, 2023!

This member event will kick off early Saturday morning with a networking breakfast at Alfred Lerner Hall before members gather in the auditorium for the welcome ceremony. Members will experience a day full of workshops, a College and Career fair, an exclusive presentation about student opportunities from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and tours of the Columbia University campus. We will end the event with an NSHSS Member Recognition Ceremony where members are invited up on stage and honored for their academic achievements!



Member Event at Columbia University

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
2920 Broadway

New York City, NY 10027



College & Career Fair Exhibitors: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),, Columbia University Pre-College Programs, C2 Education, Iona University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Saint Elizabeth University, Sarah Lawrence College, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), SUNY Oswego, University of California, Berkeley Pre-College, International, and First Semester Programs, University of Maine, U.S. Army ROTC, and more to be announced!

Event Agenda


*This agenda is subject to change. Final details will be sent closer to the event date.*

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Event Check-In & Badge Pick-Up

Attendees will check in with a digital or printed copy of their tickets and receive name badges in the Alfred Lerner Hall foyer.


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Networking Breakfast and College & Career Fair

Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors. NSHSS will provide a catered continental breakfast for all event participants.


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: NSHSS Welcome & "Reflections from A First-Generation College Student - Leveraging Resources to Reach Your Goals"

NSHSS will welcome attendees to campus, and then members will hear from NSHSS Foundation Board Member and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner Robert Marchman. Robert will reflect on his journey as a first-generation college student and provide insight on how you can leverage available resources to reach your goals!


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM: U.S. ARMY ROTC - "My Path to Becoming a Leader"

Army ROTC Cadets learn to manage multiple responsibilities as they grow and develop in college into leaders for our Army. You will meet Cadets who are scholars, athletes, and leaders in the community, who are able to balance their academic responsibilities while preparing to serve our nation as commissioned officers upon graduation. Their stories are unique, but all have the same elements: confidence, strength, and selflessness.


11:00 AM - 11:30 AM: C2 Education - "Explain Who You Are in 650 Words or Less"

College essays are the most challenging part of the application process. They’re a writing task like no other: the stakes are high and the assignment is tough. Students and families are invited to join us to talk about some of the greatest challenges of college essay writing and how students can overcome them to craft an amazing personal statement.


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: The CIA – “CIA and You: Find Your Fit!”

Hear from a CIA officer and learn how you can jump-start your career through the CIA's Student Programs!


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch Break

Attendees will visit nearby eateries for lunch on their own.


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Self-Guided Campus Tours

Attendees will have free time to explore the Columbia University campus


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: College and Career Fair

Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors.


2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: “Got Questions?? Ask a College Admissions Rep!” - Live Q&A

Hear from a panel of university admissions representatives in a Q&A session. Check back for more details!


2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: “Brand U – Building Your Personal Brand”

The way you present yourself in the world matters, especially as you move from high school to college and the world beyond. This presentation will address how to build an authentic “brand” that reflects your personality, your talents, your attitude, and your passions. It will set you apart from your peers, not because you have a “better” image than someone else, but because yours truly reflects who you are. We’ll cover:

• What is a personal brand, and why does it matter

• How to build an authentic brand

• What does your brand look like – online, in writing, in personal presentation, and in all parts of your life

• Do’s and Don’ts

• Your evolving brand


3:15 PM- 3:45 PM: Columbia University Student Panel

NSHSS Members will hear from current Columbia University students/ambassadors who will speak about navigating campus life, choosing an appropriate major, and other general information about Columbia University. 


3:45 PM– 5:00 PM: Member Recognition Ceremony

Scholarship and grant winners will be awarded, and members will hear congratulatory remarks and receive their own NSHSS honor medallion.

Meet The Speakers





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Hotel & Parking Information

The NSHSS discounted hotel room block rates at the Lucerne and Aloft Harlem have expired and are no longer available. Please reach out to the hotels directly if you would like to book a room at one of these hotels.



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*Attendees are responsible for getting to and from the event location. Limited number of rooms available; first come, first served.*