The Office of Precollegiate Student Services at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis is pleased to present the Commit to Success – College Prep Talk Virtual Workshop Series! 

Please join us for an assortment of workshops covering various college preparation and college readiness material for high school students, parents, and community members. 

All of these workshops will be conducted through the Zoom platform. In order to gain access to the workshops, please email precollegiate@umsl.edu with the name of the workshop you’d like to attend and we will email you the Zoom password-secured log-on information.



Upcoming 2021 College Prep Talks

New Year, New Goals
Wellness Wednesday - January 6 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

Goodbye 2020 and hello 2021! Join this workshop to discuss your upcoming goals for this new year and how to achieve those goals! We’ll see you there!

Strengths Unleashed: Cultivating Your  Gifts
Wednesday, January 13 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

Has anyone ever asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” This can definitely be a tough question to navigate. This workshop will help students discover their strengths and natural talents. Join us for this workshop to learn more about YOU, as you start to think about life after high school and choosing a profession.

Career Exploration Opportunities
Wednesday, January 20 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

In this workshop, students will learn about different opportunities to explore their career interests, such as internships, shadowing, and volunteering. We will also discuss the importance of gaining industry experience through internships and related opportunities in college.

Strategies for Every Test Taker
Wednesday, January 27 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

Learn how to manage test anxiety with effective test-taking strategies and specialized tips for an array of test questions and types including: multiple-choice, true/false, open book, essay, and math tests. 

Cultivating Self-Compassion
Wellness Wednesday - February 3  (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

Whoever said we were supposed to be perfect?! We all make mistakes, but we can be very hard on ourselves when we do. In this workshop, we will learn how to practice being kind and understanding toward ourselves when we make mistakes or fail.   

Maintaining Healthy Relationships
Wednesday, February 10 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

Relationships are hard! Yet, we cannot avoid them. In this workshop, students will take time to compare healthy versus unhealthy relationships. Students will consider the traits of these relationships, and how they can incorporate this knowledge into their personal lives.

Critical Thinking Skills
Wednesday, February 17 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

In this workshop, students explore critical thinking. Students learn how to implement critical thinking skills into their classwork and evaluate the value of this essential skill.

Building a Resume
Wednesday, February 24 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

Let’s work to create a resume template that you can update as you gain new experiences. In this workshop, the moderator will share fresh perspectives and action verbs to take your resume to a whole new level.

Balancing Obligations
Wellness Wednesday - March 3 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

In this lesson, students consider their obligations and how they manage their time around their commitments. Students discover what “work-life balance” is and plan a work-life balance tailored to their needs.

Awesome Advice for Athletes
Wednesday, March 10 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

If you’re interested in playing sports in college, this workshop is for you!  You will hear from an athletic director and recruiter about what it takes to compete on a collegiate level and how to secure an athletic scholarship.

What does it mean to be a First-Generation college student?
Wednesday, March 17 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

Come learn about what it means to be a First-Generation student. We’ll discuss what colleges and universities around the country are doing to support and celebrate First-Generation student success.

Advocacy for All
Wednesday, March 24 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

Passionate about topics like homelessness, educational inequality, immigration, poverty, etc.? Join this workshop if you want to learn how you can actively get involved now as a high school student and address topics most important to you.

Making your Final College Decision
Wednesday, March 31 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

You’ve been accepted to several colleges/universities! Now it’s time to determine which school is right for you. Join this workshop to discuss how to consider your options and make your final decision.

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letters
Wednesday, April 7 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

You’ve received multiple financial aid award letters, now what? In this workshop, students will learn how to interpret those award letters and determine which school has the BEST financial aid package!

Understanding Strength in Diversity
Wednesday, April 14 (3:00 pm—4:00 pm)

In this lesson, students practice social awareness by appreciating diversity. This lesson provides students with explicit instruction of social and emotional learning skills and authentic group practice opportunities.