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

After such a successful event in 2022 NSHSS returned to the West Coast for a second event at UCLA!


Members joined NSHSS on UCLA's gorgeous campus for a Saturday filled with networking, educational workshops, and honoring NSHSS members. Students had a chance to learn more about UCLA and explore their campus for a day while meeting fellow NSHSS scholars, parents, and educators!

The event featured 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 was 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


Check out the professional photography from the event!

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, and U.S. Army ROTC

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Check out the NSHSS Ambassador Social Media Takeover of the UCLA Member event on the NSHSS Instagram!


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8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration & Badge Pick-Up

Attendees checked 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 provided a catered continental breakfast for attendees.


8:00 AM – 1:00 PM: College & Career Fair

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


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: NSHSS Welcome & UCLA Information Session

NSHSS welcomed attendees to campus, then NSHSS Collegiate Council Member and former UCLA Bruin Ambassador Simran Athwal guided 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? Members discovered how to brainstorm effectively, pick the ideal prompt, minimize essay overlap, and make the mundane more analytical and insightful in their personal statements. Great Expectations College Prep discussed 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, hosted 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 and scholarship opportunities to cover full tuition at your academic institution were discussed.


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: A CIA Officer's Journey

Our partner, the Central Intelligence Agency, presented information about the special opportunities available to NSHSS members in high school, college, and even post-graduation. CIA provided a glimpse into some of their personal experiences working for the CIA and discussed opportunities for student programs and employment after graduation.


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Self-Guided Campus Tours

Attendees had time to explore and tour the UCLA campus.


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

Attendees visited nearby eateries for lunch on their own.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: College & Career Fair 

Members were invited 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 featured local California universities as they discussed their admissions process, academics, campus life, and more, with live Q&A at the end! The panel consisted of California State Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), the University of San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley!


1:45 - 2:15 PM: Online AP Courses and Resources from UC Scout

In this session, members learned 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 heard 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 provided an overview of unique programs offered to high school students as well as newly admitted students at UC Berkeley. The session briefly explored 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

Members heard from NSHSS Collegiate Council Executive Board Co-Vice President 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 heard congratulatory remarks and received their own NSHSS honor medallion.

Meet the Speakers

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