Starting the College Conversation Workshop


November 1, 2014

On Saturday, November 1st, B.E.S.T. hosted our second annual “Starting the College Conversation” Workshop at Towson University for 8th grade students, their families and faculty from Baltimore area independent and public schools. A special thank you to Baltimore City Public Schools and Towson University for their continued partnership and support of this event. Over 75 attendees participated, including B.E.S.T. families, students and faculty from KIPP Academy, students and mentors from My Sister’s Circle, and students and faculty from Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. The morning began with a welcome from B.E.S.T.’s Executive Director, Jessica Suriano, and Rudy Ruiz, Executive Director of Secondary Education Services for Baltimore City Public Schools, who both applauded the students for taking this first and important step in their journey to college.

Led by Dave Fedorchak, Director of Admissions at Towson University, students and parents were divided into small groups with members of Towson University’s Admissions staff. They learned about the advantages of attending a four year college/university and heard an overview of what students need to be doing during their four years of high school in order to give themselves as many options as possible as it relates to attending college. The students and parents were brought back together at the end of the workshop to participate in a lively Q&A session with current Towson University students, who answered questions about the transition to college, life lessons they have learned while at college and how they made the decision on where to matriculate. The program ended with student-led tours of Towson University.

Towson University Admissions Staff and B.E.S.T. Staff

Towson University Admissions Staff and B.E.S.T. Staff

Dave Fedorchak, Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Towson University, with B.E.S.T. Student

Dave Fedorchak, Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Towson University, with B.E.S.T. Student

Jessica Suriano, Executive Director of B.E.S.T. and Rudy Ruiz, Director of Secondary Education Services for Baltimore City Public Schools

Jessica Suriano, Executive Director of B.E.S.T. and Rudy Ruiz, Director of Secondary Education Services for Baltimore City Public Schools

My Sister's Circle Mentor, Jessica Jackson, with her Mentee from Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School

My Sister’s Circle Mentor, Jessica Jackson, with her Mentee from Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School