Last week, New Oasis International Education held its first “How to Succeed in High School” workshop close to New Oasis headquarters in the Washington, DC metro area. The piloted workshop was created to help educate New Oasis students about the college admission process and debunk common misconceptions on how colleges make admissions decisions. New Oasis Homestay 360 Coordinator Dahl Evartt drove 15 Cape Henry Collegiate School students from the Virginia Beach area to participate in the high-level workshop. New Oasis hosted the trip, which lasted for two days.
Led by Nancy Levonian, a certified college counselor with a high success rate of leading students to some of the country’s most competitive schools, Ms. Levonian helped student participants refine their “unique purpose in high school and plan how to reach [their] goals.”
Topics addressed during the 8 hour workshop included:
- Introduction to High School Success
- Experience: Extracurricular activities and research projects
- Presentations of student plans
At the end of the workshop, each student created a strategic 4 year high school plan that they presented to their peers at the end of the day. Student participants received an unmatched opportunity to better prepare them to build competitive high school transcripts in preparation for the college admissions process.
Later in the evening, Cape Henry students joined New Oasis staff to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday with a festive dinner and impromptu student performances.
“I actually felt that I would get a lot help from New Oasis in all kinds of aspects such as study plan , college information and the application assistance. I really like the environment of New Oasis. It is not only an agency, but also a family. Every member here including students, staff and teachers gets on well with each other and treats others like family.”
“I learned a lot from the workshop. It gave me a specific idea about how to get in to top school in US. And by talking to [Nancy], I knew more about what I should do in my rest of my high school career. Thank you!”
“Being a good student is very hard and difficult but I will do my best in the future and be a good student.”
“I am really appreciated that I joined the workshop. I think the workshop is helpful. I know how to plan my summer vacation.”
“Through this workshop, I learned how to succeed in high school, like how to organize the classes and the importance of extracurricular activities. I found out which aspects I need to improve. Now, I have a clearer mind and make a plan for myself.”
“I think it is time to improve my leadership skill. So I decided to set up a club. It is important to be well-rounded.”
“I really like the workshop. It gave me a guide for college application and I think I got a lot of advice.”
“I really appreciate you offering me a chance to get to know about myself. It clarify some of my questions about future career. The counselors were patient and trying to improve our presentation. The information is very valuable.”