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KickStart College is a two-day conference of activities and workshops designed to prepare first-year students with the tools they need to successfully complete their degrees at Northeastern Illinois University. Students participate in workshops on how to be successful in the classroom, how to use University technology, how to manage their finances during college, and how to look after their mental and physical health during this transitional period in their lives.

Attendance on both days is mandatory for students who have been admitted into the Project Success, Proyecto Pa’Lante, or Wentworth Scholars programs. This is an opportunity for all Student Success Program participants to meet and to get to know each other before the first day of classes.

The deadline to register for KickStart College 2017 is August 18, 2017.


Wednesday, August 23
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8:30 a.m.  Check-In: Alumni Hall, Student Union
(Identified as number 20 on the map)
9 a.m. 


Keynote Address: Stephanie Herrera, double alumna of Northeastern Illinois University and former Proyecto Pa’Lante student

Student Success Program Induction Ceremony

10 a.m.  Break-out sessions
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Break-out sessions
4 p.m. End of day 1
Thursday, August 24
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10 a.m. Break-out sessions
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.   Break-out sessions
4 p.m. End of day 2

Please email with questions or to request accommodations.

Break-out sessions:

Tech Savvy: Become a pro at navigating NEIUport, Desire2Learn (D2L) and other essential NEIU tech, learn how to manage your digital profile and discover how tech can help—or hinder—your college success.

Money Matters: Get the most out of your cash by learning how to budget your resources wisely and learn about ways to finance your education through on-campus job opportunities, scholarships, internships and more.

Live Well: Take control of your well-being (and manage the stress of college life) by learning ways to optimize your physical and psychological health.

Academic Toolkit: Hone the skills that will earn you the As! Discover how your brain attains, retains and recalls knowledge, and master foundational academic tools like note-taking techniques, organizational strategies and classroom etiquette.

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