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  • College Horizons Joins Giving Tuesday

     

     

     

    College Horizons has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners - charities, families, tribes, businesses and individuals - to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and tribal nations, to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Beginning tomorrow, College Horizons invites you to participate by making a contribution to our organization as part of your holiday giving plans.

    To make a gift this holiday season, please visit the Give page of our website. 

    To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

    Website:  www.givingtuesday.org
    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday


  • 2014 Summer Recap: #CHDartmouth & #GHCornell

    With fall in full swing we take a moment to reflect on some highlights from this summer's admission workshops! 

    #CHDartmouth

     

       

    (Students hold up their small group numbers)

    A few highlights from College Horizons at Dartmouth College:
    • 100 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students attended our program
    • Over 40 partner college reps, high school counselors and organizations served as expert faculty at the program
    • Staff and interns arrived early to prepare for the program; Dartmouth's admission office accommodated the crew for setup
    • Faculty arrived a day early in preparation for students
    • Some students traveling from Hawaii, Alaska and some west coast communities arrived a day early to adjust for the time zone changes
    • Students were present for a total for six days to Dartmouth's campus in Hanover, New Hampshire
    • For many of our students, this was the first time riding on a plane and for an even larger number their first visit to New England
    • Dartmouth College was a terrific host - we had great dorms, awesome food and beautiful surroundings
    • The diversity of the students was at an all-time high (state, regional, tribal, gender) 
    • Students connected with one another and with faculty both within small groups and as a larger community
    • Paul Iona (Native Hawaiian), a 3rd year student of Chapman University's MFA Program in Film and CH Alumnus, was at the program volunteering his time to film promotional content for us - a new video will soon be released!
    • Kevin Patterson (Navajo) and Maggie Seawright (Lakota), both current Dartmouth undergraduates and CH Alumni, served as interns at the program and worked tirelessly to ensure the program's success
    • A CH alumna and long serving faculty of the program, Dr. Adrienne Keene, was honored for completing her Ed.D program at Harvard University.  Adrienne's doctoral research highlights the higher ed experiences of Native students of the College Horizons program!  She first attended CH at Dartmouth back in 2002 so it was a full circle experience for our program.
    • Traditional night was a meaningful and fun event with many students sharing everything from regalia to dances and protocol from their traditions and homelands
    • Students were exhausted by the end of the program having fulfilled all of our program requirements (college essay revisions, Common Application drafts, researching a list of 10 schools to apply to, trivial pursuit questions from our partner institutions, FAFSA forms, scholarship searches, etc.)
    • HUGE storms coincided with the end of the program and about 15 students were stranded overnight with many more delays at both Manchester and Boston Airports.  After an adventurous evening, staff and faculty successfully saw that all students got out on flights the following day.

     

    #GHCornell

     

    A few highlights from Graduate Horizons at Cornell University (make sure to watch the video above!):
    • 45 participants representing a diversity of Native nations attended GH at Cornell
    • 5 cohorts oversaw the mentorship of participants whose intended career paths span fields within the fields of Arts & Humanities, STEM, Health Sciences, Education, Law, Business and Public Policy
    • 30+ faculty representing a variety of graduate and professional programs enthusiastically provided expert feedback and counseling to program participants
    • Workshop participants absorbed loads of information over the 4 days of intensive graduate and professional preparation 
    • Cornell University, the Office of Academic Diversity Inititiatives (OADI), the American Indian Program (AIP) and Conference Services served as amazing hosts and every detail was covered!
    • Dr. Jolene Rickard, Professor and Director of the American Indian Program at Cornell University grounded us at the beginning of our program with concepts of Haudenosaunee sovereignty
    • Haudenosaunee dancers and cultural group welcomed faculty and participants with a social dance demonstration and white pine exhibition 
    • Videographers hired by Cornell created the great video above, featuring Graduate Horizons!

     

    (Participants pose for a group photo before the Professional Networking Reception)

     

  • College Horizons on Common App Essay Prompts

    From yesterday's Common Application announcement:

    "Carmen Lopez, Executive Director of College Horizons, a non-profit dedicated to college success of Native American and Native Hawaiian students, believes this is especially true for students served by her program. "As a community-based organization that services underrepresented students, College Horizons has found the Common App's new essay prompts to be highly effective. Students are presenting themselves as multi-dimensional, writing with an authentic voice, and writing meaningfully as both students and Native students."'

    The quote comes from yesterday's Common Application press release regarding a decision to retain the current essay prompts found on the 2013-2014 version of the college application form for 2014-2015.  The Common Application is a non-profit organization that provides a consolidated application for students and educators to use when applying to any of the organization's 500+ member colleges. The vast majority of institutions that College Horizons currently partners with use the Common Application in their undergraduate admissions.  College Horizons also utilizes the Common App as a curriculum tool when preparing high school students for the college admissions process.  

    The essay prompts are provided below:

    • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
    • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
    • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.