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KickStart College at Northeastern!

Join us in kicking off the Fall 2019 semester! 

KickStart College is a week of activities and workshops designed to help first-year students make a successful academic and social transition to Northeastern Illinois University. New transfer students are welcome to attend.

Students participate in workshops on how to develop an academic and career plan, how to manage their finances during college and managing personal wellness. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in innovation labs, make a short film and a cookout.

KickStart College Workshops

Workshops take place on Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22.

Students are required to attend all activities on both days. 

Workshops include:

  • Academic Plan
  • Career Plan
  • Computer Science Innovation Lab
  • Financial Wellness
  • Personal Wellness
  • College Experience Innovation Lab
  • Cell Phone "Film" Workshop

Register for KickStart College

Please sign up by August 14 for priority registration.

KickStart College Registration

Have Questions?

Please email Felicia Keelen at f-keelen@neiu.edu or call (773) 442-5290 if you have questions about KickStart College.

Daily Schedule

Below is the KickStart College schedule for August 21-22, 2019. Please note: Events are subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

  • 9:30 a.m., Check in at the Student Union Room 123 (SU 123)
  • 10:00 a.m., Group A – Academic Plan; Group B – Money Matters
  • 11:15 a.m., Innovation Lab – “Why Computer Science is So Exciting"
  • 12:30 p.m., Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m., Group A – “Connecting Your Gifts to Satisfying Careers”; Group B – Changing Your Perception: What Does “Wellness” Mean to You?
  • 2:30 p.m., Fun Lab - Crystal Ball Films: Film Workshop on First Semester Expectations – Part I

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

  • 9:30 a.m., Check in at the Student Union Room 123 (SU 123)
  • 10:00 a.m., Group A – Money Matters; Group B – Academic Plan
  • 11:15 a.m., Innovation Lab – “Lost Navigator”
  • 12:30 p.m., Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m., Group A – Changing Your Perception: What Does “Wellness” Mean to You?; Group B – “Connecting Your Gifts to Satisfying Careers”
  • 2:30 p.m., Fun Lab - Crystal Ball Films: Film Workshop on First Semester Expectations – Part II

Workshop Descriptions

Academic Plan

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Facilitator: To be announced

Career Plan - “Connecting Your Gifts to Satisfying Careers”

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Facilitator: To be announced
  • In this workshop, we will look at your personality, interests, and values in relation to potential careers or majors that may bring you the most sanctification in the future. By the end, students will be able to use the results from the interactive activity to research careers and majors as they decide what pathway they want to pursue.

Innovation Lab – “Why Computer Science is So Exciting”

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Facilitator: Graciela Perera
  • This workshop will present the importance of role models, asking for help, and making questions. We will be engaging students in a hands-on experiential activity in encoding and decoding messages using puzzles.

Innovation Lab – “Lost Navigator”

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Facilitator: Pinkey A. Stewart
  • Arriving on a university campus can be an interesting experience for first year students; not knowing where to go, what questions to ask, can be intimidating. During this activity students will help each other "navigate" an obstacle course (aka university campus) to arrive at their destination. At the end, each student receives a prize for completing the course.

“Money Matters”

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Facilitator: To be announced
  • Get the most out of your cash by learning how to manage your existing financial resources wisely and learn about ways to finance your education through on-campus job opportunities, scholarships, internships and more. Students will leave the workshop with a personal budget plan for the academic year.

“Changing Your Perception: What Does 'Wellness' Mean to You?”

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Facilitator: Shannon Mabee
  • This presentation will cover the “wellness wheel” and also define wellness as a personal definition within an individual context. It will debunk health myths and help participants realize there is no one “correct” way to be healthy. There will be interactive activities throughout.

Fun Lab – Crystal Ball Films: Film Workshop on First Semester Expectations

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Facilitator: Shelbi Hernandez
  • Incoming Freshmen are starting a new chapter of their lives. There are many expectations and unknown paths they are about to encounter. This two day filming opportunity will display what each group will expect during their first semester at NEIU. You will have the opportunity to venture out and film on campus, edit, and showcase your masterpiece.