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KickStart College at Northeastern!

Join us in kicking off the Fall 2021 semester! 

KickStart College is two days of activities and workshops designed to help first-year and new transfer students make a successful academic and social transition to Northeastern Illinois University. 

Students participate in workshops on how to transition to academic life, how to develop a career plan, how to manage their finances during college and managing personal wellness. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a fun lab and create movies on their cell phones.. All workshops will be in person and take place at NEIU El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60618.

KickStart College Workshops

Workshops take place on Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 19.

Students are required to attend all activities on both days. 

Workshops include:

  • Academic Life
  • Building Your Brand
  • Career Planning
  • Financial Wellness
  • Personal Wellness
  • Fun Lab - Crystal Ball Films

Register for KickStart College

Please sign up by August 16 for priority registration.

Sign Up for KickStart College

Have Questions?

Please email Felicia Keelen at f-keelen@neiu.edu or sts@neiu.edu if you have questions about KickStart College.

Daily Schedule

Below is the 2021 KickStart College schedule for August 18 and 19. Please note: Events are subject to change.

Wednesday, August 18

Time

Group A Activities

Group B Activities

10:30-11:00 a.m. Registration/Check In Registration/Check In
11:00-11:50 a.m. Academic Life - Transitioning to On-Campus During Pandemic Academic Life - Roundtable Discussion
12:00-12:30 p.m. Lunch Lunch
12:40-1:30 p.m. Personal Wellness - Transitioning to On-Campus Life Career Planning
1:40-2:30 p.m. Financial Wellness Building Your Brand
2:40-3:45 p.m. Fun Lab - Crystal Ball Films Fun Lab - Crystal Ball Films
3:45-4:00 p.m. Wrap Up Wrap Up

 

Wednesday, August 19

Time

Group A Activities

Group B Activities

10:30-11:00 a.m. Registration/Check In Registration/Check In
11:00-11:50 a.m. Academic Life - Roundtable Discussion Academic Life - Transitioning to On-Campus During Pandemic
12:00-12:30 p.m. Lunch Lunch
12:40-1:30 p.m. Career Planning Personal Wellness
1:40-2:30 p.m. Building Your Brand Financial Wellness
2:40-3:45 p.m. Fun Lab - Crystal Ball Films - Movie Showing Fun Lab - Crystal Ball Films - Movie Showing
3:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Closing

ACADEMIC LIFE - THE POST-PANDEMIC TRANSITION

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
  • Facilitators: Vanesa Velazquez and Lahney Vilayhong
  • This workshop will identify the hardships of the transition back to on-campus after the pandemic academically, professionally and personally. It will leave you with a time management action plan as you begin your first semester back in person.

ACADEMIC ROUNDTABLE

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
  • Facilitator: TBA
  • In this interactive workshop, students will learn about various academic majors and career related student organizations.

TIPS ABOUT THE CAREER PLANNING GUIDE

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021,12:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021, 12:40 p.m.
  • Facilitators:Lynette Correa-Velez and Valerie Olson
  • Learn how to effectively use our Career Development Planning Guide as you navigate your academic and career journey at NEIU and beyond!

PERSONAL WELLNESS

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 12:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021, 12:40 p.m.
  • Facilitator: TBA
  • During this workshop students will receive tips for maintaining physical and emotional wellness during the transition to in-person learning.

BUILDING YOUR BRAND

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 1:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021, 1:40 p.m.
  • Facilitator: TBA
  • If you're looking to build your personal brand, come join this workshop, and learn tips, tricks and ways to succeed throughout your time at NEIU.

FINANCIAL WELLNESS - YO QUIERO DINERO: WAYS TO SAVE MONEY

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 1:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021, 1:40 p.m.
  • Facilitator: Theodora Koumoutsakis
  • Are you looking for ways to save money and help pay for college? Learn how you can save money with various tips and tricks. In addition, learn how to ask your employer to help finance your education.

FUN LAB - CRYSTAL BALL FILMS

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 2:40 p.m.
  • Students will return to in-person learning this fall. During this two day activity you will create a short film about your expectations for this new chapter in your lives. You will work in small groups and use cell phones to create your personal films. Each masterpiece will be showcased on the second day of KickStart College.