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Today's College Fair

The 650 Word College Essay

Lindsey Waters - SACAC Presenter

Lindsey Waters is the Associate Director of College Counseling at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, South Carolina. She began her work in College Admissions in 2007 at her alma mater, Furman University, where she served as a territory manager for students from Florida and the South Carolina Lowcountry, supervised the Admissions Internship Program and traveled to high schools to present college essay workshops . She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Furman and her Masters of Education in Counselor Education, Student Affairs from Clemson University. She joined the Christ Church Episcopal School team in 2015.

Lindsey is an annual presenter at the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) conference, and was selected to speak at the 2020 TEDX Greenville conference. Mrs. Waters also served on the Counselor Advisory Board at Miami University. She co-teaches an elective course, The Pursuit of Happiness.

Pursuing A Music Degree

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Brian Del Signore - Houston Symphony

Brian Del Signore, Principal Percussionist for the Houston Symphony and college Master Class instructor, shares insights on how to begin your music education journey, including performing and production and technology.

Brian earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981, where he studied with the Pittsburgh Symphony percussionists. In 1984, he earned a Master of Music from Temple University, studying with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Brian joined the Houston Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 1986.

In addition to his work with the Houston Symphony, Brian has presented the clinic and master class at various music schools including New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory and The Julliard School.

How to Ace the SAT/ACT

Jean Burk - College Prep Genius

SAT Instructor Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Jean currently travels across the United States and abroad teaching students how to improve their standardized test scores and speaking to parents about how to get college for FREE!

As a single income family, Jean Burk and her husband did not have the financial resources to send their children to college. When Jean discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to getting huge scholarships, she began to research the test to understand how to prepare her children for it. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschooling, public school, and private school students alike. Her program ,College Prep Genius, is the culmination of more than 15 years of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise.

The US Air Force ROTC Program

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US Air Force Capt. Lucas Adams

US Air Force Captain Lucas Adams is the US Air Force Recruiting officer and assistant professor of Aerospace Studies (Detachment 875) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

In this presentation, Capt. Adams discusses the US Air Force ROTC program as well as differences in the US Air Force and US Space Force in undergraduate studies.

The US Navy ROTC Program

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US Navy LT Cam McKee: 4/C Advisor (Aviator)

US Navy LT Cameron McKee is part of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) at George Washington University in Washington, DC. As part of the Capital Battalion, this program is comprised of midshipmen and prior-enlisted Sailors and Marines from George Washington University, Catholic University of America, Georgetown University and Howard University.

The US Navy ROTC Program - Nurse Option

Marquette University Nursing Students

The US Navy ROTC Nurse Option is available to students interested in pursuing Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN). It is available only at a university that has an Navy ROTC affiliation and offers a state approved or National League of Nursing (NLN) approved bachelor’s degree in nursing. If selected for scholarship, the selectee must major in a nursing degree program leading to BSN. Upon graduation, Nurse Option midshipmen are commissioned as regular officers in Navy Nurse Corps.

In this presentation, two midshipmen in the nursing program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin explain the differences in the two options for the nursing program as well as what the typical 4-year life of the NROTC nurse midshipman looks like.

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