ATW 2017 “Hidden Figures” Presentations

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Historical Context for the Hidden Figures Presentations

Group presentations will require group members to research their content, utilize technology and all the resources made available to them in our classes.

Categories for Presentations:

HBCU  vs   Ivy League

Public vs Private

Universities vs Colleges

In State  vs Out of State

The presentations will be judged on dynamic content, creativity and accurate information that answers the following questions:

A).  What are major Pros and Cons for attending each of the choices?

B).   What can and will we do to cover the cost of these institutions without burdening our parents?

C). What is the best way to choose a college that will meet our academic and financial interests, cultivate our leadership abilities,  provide a great network for our career path and keep us engaged in issues relevant to our community?

D).  List at least 10 must view websites that all current high school/college bound students should frequently use to help them prepare and overcome challenges on their journey to college and career success?

 

How to offset college costs without debt: Announcing Scholarship Bootcamp 101!

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The above picture can be taken two ways. It could represent the current dominant reality of high student loan debt that has become a burden to a significant population of college graduates.  But, what I am suggesting is that it can also represent a new vision, a powerful vision of students graduating debt free and starting their after college careers off with money in their pockets, savings and investments rather than debt. Do you want it? Are you seeing it? Are you feeling it?  There is a segment of the population of student graduates who start their career off with no student loan debt because they and their parents were instrumental in being strategic, intentional and focused on securing scholarship money that not only covered their college expenses, but put additional money in their pockets while in school.  All things are possible for those who believe and follow the plan!

With my powerful vision, students are able to use a significant amount money earned from jobs while in college and gifts from family directly into investments and/or starting a business because they have tapped into this great land of opportunities and free advertising from the internet  It is true, if you are willing to work hard, work the right plan and follow the advice and the secure the support of those who have been successful in moving in the opposite direction of student loan debt to the promised land of financial independence, then you need to connect with my powerful vision.  There are proven plans, systems and blueprints that work for losing weight, building a house to gaining wealth from stocks, options, and real estate investments. I am here to let you know that there is a proven system for winning scholarships to offset your college costs and start investing in your self and not debt.  That doesn’t even sound right. Investing in debt?

Imagine this vision that I shared with my students and parents this summer when I presented my workshop during the At the Well Leadership Academy at Princeton University with regards financial aid and winning scholarships:  “Ladies, can you imagine what type of graduation presents you might receive if your parents had to pay zero dollars for your college education?  I see someone getting a down payment for their townhouse and/or an Infinity Q37x (that’s what I drive)?  Do you see where we are going? Follow this proven system and you will be on the road to financial freedom long before college graduation.”

Like any plan, the sooner you begin, the more structured and focus you become, the higher your level of success will be.  My plan applies to students from middle school to students in their junior year of college.  I have over 27 years of experience in higher education working in the field of financial aid.  There was a time when financial aid administrators would go out to college nights and tell parents and students that you do not have to pay for “financial aid or scholarship consultants.”  From my perspective, I would suggest that the language has now changed because so many students are finding themselves in unprecedented levels of debt.

I am suggesting that parents and students should not pay excessive fees for any services but be open to investing moderately to secure the tools to be self sufficient when it comes to successfully finding, applying and winning scholarships to offset college costs from “legitimate and authentic” consultants who have integrity.  I have been researching this area for several years (because I am a research junkie) and gathering the best information from the success stories of students who have shared their blueprints for winning large amounts of scholarships.  I also have a high level of respect for the professionals who have produced some very important resources for this cause. You can no longer limit your scholarship searches to online (one shoe does not fit all) and if you want to win, you are going to have to work it on the ground!!   Stay tuned because Scholarship Bootcamp 1o1 is coming soon to help families win so they can invest in a college education debt free!!

I would appreciate anyone sharing their successes, challenges and opinions about anything I mentioned in this blog.

ATW Prezi, Pecha Kucha, and Powtoon Group Projects

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PREZI, POWTOON AND PECHA KUCHA WORKSHOP   – At the Well Leadership Academy

Princeton University, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Presenter:   Thomas Holmes, MDiv, MPA

The purpose of this workshop is to provide students with presentation tools that can be used effectively to facilitate the practical application of knowledge through a dynamic, storytelling, collaborative, innovative, and shared experiences.

Objectives:

1).  Students with no Prezi, Pecha Kucha or Powtoon presentation experience will learn the basics and some advanced features, as a foundation to build on their skill sets to master the art of dynamic presentations.

2).  Students with prior Prezi presentation experience will be able to enhance their knowledge with new ways to present data and content.

3).  Students will view (on their time) tutorial videos on how to use Prezi templates, navigate the canvas, add images, URLs, symbols, frame content, use the transformation tool, and insert music, videos and other media.

4). Students will create one group Prezi Project Presentation based on their integrated group dialogue, individual research and group surveys.

Structure: (Each student should first go to Prezi and create a FREE ACCOUNT if they have not done so already)

  1. I will assign group leaders and group members according to certain parameters.

a. The group leader shall collect names (and nicknames if preferred), email, cell numbers, and identify each member’s category for membership. atthewelllconferencesinc@gmail.com.

1. Group leaders should facilitate creative and collaborative superiority on their Prezi presentation, but EVERYONE MUST CONTRIBUTE CONTENT TO THE PRESENTATION AND IT HAS TO BE AWESOME!

2. Each group member who is unfamiliar with Prezi, Powtoon or Pecha Kucha is expected to review the video tutorials on www.powerfulvisions.org.

3.  Groups are to meet at least 3 times to collaborate on their project that is due by noon, Wednesday, August 6, 2015. Members are allowed to work independently according to assignments that are agreed upon democratically within the group and share their work via email and/or Google docs.

 

Project/Assignment: 

Applying to colleges and applying for scholarships can be an overwhelming task. In an effort to make this process easier we need a clear presentation of how to go about applying and getting admitted to the best colleges in this country and securing the most money to offset college costs.

1).  I want each group to do an Amazing Prezi which will include 1 Powtoon, 1 Pecha Kucha PowerPoint on applying for scholarships.

You presentation should answer the following questions:

A).  How can I can cover the cost of college without burdening my parents?

B). What is the best way to choose a college that will meet my academic and financial interests, cultivate my leadership abilities, and fulfill my commitment to community engagement? (Be sure to clearly define community)

C).  What are the essential 15 websites that all current high school/college bound students should frequently use to help them prepare and overcome challenges on their journey to college success?

 

Blended Families: The Challenges of a Blended Father and a New Ready Made Tween Daughter

Kyrah and Thomas

I met the most amazing lady a few years ago who changed my life for the better. It is very rare to find a virtuous woman who loves her man with no limits in spite of his imperfections.  She caused the heavens to open in my heart when she said, “I do” and we were married almost 7 months ago.  Life has truly been on the fast track ever since that beautiful autumn day when my dear friends and family shared in our new beginnings.  When I said I do, I was saying I do to a new wife, daughter, mother-in law and a dog, all whom would now make my house into a home just like Luther Vandross said it would.  I was looking forward to loving my Beloved with that sanctified Agape, Phileo and Eros love, day and night, night and day enjoying our new-found journey together as we ride the peaceful and sometime roaring waves of holy matrimony.   I have an adult biological daughter who was much like my new daughter in circumstance, where I was the non-custodial parent while my daughter was living with a blended father since age 11.  In addition, I have been a blended father figure in my first marriage, 18 years ago (my wife passed and Jose and Simone are my God-given spiritual children to this day) and in other relationships.  I consider myself to be veteran in this regard. The blended family is my MO.  I was adopted at a very young age and then I found my biological mother many years later.  My name in the Bible means “twin,” so I am always rolling with two sets of personalities, perspectives, family upbringings and I sometimes find myself asking  the question, “Who am I?”  Let me say that I am not perfect and I have made many mistakes.  But I believe I am well equipped with life experience, a willingness to learn, and reasonable level of knowledge to flourish as a blended family leader and provider.  I have a few tools and resources, but I am always looking for more. But never in the caverns of my mind, nor in the pathways of my grace filled life could I have imagined or been prepared to join my Beloved in our calling to the parenthood of my newest sweetheart of an 11-year-old daughter, adolescent hormone raging, lovable, self-centered, creative, non chore doing, intelligent, underachiever with A+student potential, iPhone obsessive, video game playing, emotional roller coaster riding, beautiful, daily unpredictable peer relationship having, innovative, sassy, sarcastic, truth swaying, short-tempered, God-given piece of heaven who calls me the best dad ever.

If I sound a bit overzealous with this task of parenting a tween in today’s world, trust me, I need to give you a visual and starting place to understand where I am at and my challenges of navigating the slippery slope of parenting blended children.  What do you think? Anybody here or been here before? Let the dialogue begin!

 

Seniors! It is time to Gear up for College!!

Gearing up for College

Here is a space to post resources for Seniors to get ready for college. This is a place where students can share links to scholarships and any information that will be helpful in preparing for the transition to college. Please keep on adding links, suggestions, and comments to keep this blog going forever!!!

Senior College Readiness Checklist

The Common App on Facebook

National Association for College Admission Couseling Fall College Fairs

Free Fall College Visits (Courtesy of Morgan S)

Finding the right College for You: College Navigator

Students College Reviews: This website is good for students to check and see what people who actually go to the school think of it. They have thousands of colleges and reviews. (Courtesy of Eseosa A.)

Cappex: Your College Decision Headquarters  This website is amazing. When you sign up for it you then include all your school information (grades, awards, SAT/ ACT scores, extracurriculars, etc). After you are able to make a college list and then the site gives you your chances of getting into the colleges that you listed. The website also has a profile for each college so you can check the acceptance rates, tuition fees, diversity rates, distance from home, student reviews, deadlines, and scholarships for that particular school. This site also has a separate section for national scholarships. This site has helped me a lot. (Courtesy of Eseosa A.)

Common App Essay Tips

New Common App Takes ‘Common’ to Absurd Extremes

How to Write a Perfect college essay

Fatomei: Nationally Coveted College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships & Postdoctoral Awards

Minority Scholarships II

Scholarship Opportunities

Minority Scholarships I

Scholarship Success Stories

Gates Millennium Scholars

My Scholly

Chronicle of Higher Education