4th Annual Vancouver Area Independent School Fair, 2014

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Please see the attached document and below for information about workshops
5pm October 21, WPGA Senior School 4175 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Pre-registration required.
#1 How to Write a Winning Essay Alaina Dunn, Pomona College
Writing a college essay can be a stressful task, and students often feel that choosing a topic is next to impossible. The reality is that the “what” of an essay is much less important than the “how.” The approach of the writer takes communicates much more about themselves than the general topic itself. This session will include brainstorming for meaningful essay topics, best practices for effective essay writing, and case studies using real essay examples.
#2 Choosing a College Major Dwayne Zamora, Loyola Marymount
Choosing a college major can be a stressful decision. It shouldn’t be. This session will provide tips and advice on making that choice (or choices) before and even during your entrance into a college or university.
#3 How are Students Selected? Christie Culp, Pepperdine University
How DO universities select students to whom to offer admission?  There is ONE answer:  It depends on the university!    So then, how can you tailor your application towards catching the eye of an admission counselor?  Come and find out!
#4 What is a “Liberal Arts” Education? Simon Nachimento, University of Chicago
A U.S. undergraduate education is based on the concept of “liberal arts and sciences”, with the goal of providing a well-rounded academic education that develops students’ verbal, written and critical thinking skills across different disciplines. But what does a liberal arts curriculum look like, and why should students be interested in taking classes outside their main academic passion? In this session, University of Chicago admissions counselor Simon Nascimento will talk about the reasoning behind a liberal arts education, and how the liberal arts will shape your undergraduate degree program in the United States. You will also learn more about the transformative power of the liberal arts for your academic and professional future – including examples from employers on the many benefits of hiring graduates from strong liberal arts programs.
#5 Common Application Tips & Guidelines Maria Malloy, University of San Diego
There are now over 500 Common Application members in 47 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and Switzerland. While they represent tremendous diversity in size, mission, location, and selectivity, they all share a commitment of promoting access through holistic admission. Come learn how using the Common App might be best for you if you are looking at schools in the U.S. or abroad, and what the application process may look like for you!

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