While college admissions expert Craig Meister maintains a long-standing commitment to offering Baltimore area public schools with free college admissions-themed presentations and workshops, increasingly, corporations, schools, and other organizations around the world welcome Craig as an on-site* speaker or workshop facilitator.
Recent presentation/workshop topics have included:
4 Keys to Successful Time Management/Developing the Student and the Person
This presentation focuses on helping new high school students develop SMART goals for both academics and extracurricular involvement throughout high school. Also discussed are how students should start documenting their achievements and how students should use Naviance Student to their advantage over the coming years.
The 3 Key Components Of Your College Applications
This presentation teaches high school students and parents of high school students how to prepare for the American undergraduate admissions process and how to complete college and university applications that will make admissions officers sit up and say, “We need to accept this student!” Attendees leave ready to differentiate themselves from other prospective students through their transcripts, standardized tests, application essays, and college interviews. US, UK, and hybrid versions of this presentation are available.
All About Standardized Tests
Make sense of the PSAT, PreACT, ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, IB/AP Exams, and TOEFL. Don’t let all these tests scare you. Each has its own purpose and the more you know about every assessment the better decisions you will make about when and how many times to take these important college admissions exams. Make standardized tests work to your (or your student’s) advantage.
Finding the Right Fit: Narrowing Your List
Make sure your final list includes colleges and/or universities at which you’ll feel comfortable and thrive! Get invaluable college research advice, discuss important college visit tips, and address important ways in which to analyze the nature of each college’s academic and social community.
College Application Essay & Résumé Secrets
Essays and résumés can make or break one’s chances of getting into American colleges and universities. This workshop helps attendees understand what students should be emphasizing in essays and on résumés. Parents and/or students leave armed with the knowledge, strategies, and expertise to successfully traverse one of the most difficult parts of the college application.
How to Complete Your College Applications
See what it looks like to complete online applications such as the Common Application and UCAS and learn how to ensure that all of your application materials arrive to all of the colleges/universities on your list – well before their deadlines!
Ace College Admissions Interviews
Don’t just sit there! Shine! Whether you interview on-campus with an admissions officer or locally with a member of a college’s alumni community, learn the important tricks of the trade that will guarantee you make a positive impression during the all-important college interview.
The Fundamentals of Financial Aid
The world of higher education financial aid need not be confusing and mysterious. Cut through the acronyms (FAFSA, CSS, EFC, PJ, FM, IM, etc.) and inform parents where aid is available, how aid is awarded, and for which sources families are potentially eligible.
Letters of Recommendation that Work (For Teachers and Counselors)
College admissions officers want to learn very specific information about students when reading their teacher and counselor recommendation letters. Members of your staff will gain insight into the latest best practices in the world of recommendation writing in support of your students.
To get started setting up a presentation or workshop for your organization, please complete the following initial inquiry form and a team member will be in touch with you shortly.
*Speaker/facilitator, airfare, ground transportation, and hotel accommodation fees for all on-site visits (other than those to Baltimore area public schools) are the full responsibility of the organization that is booking the presentation.