First Generation Symposium

I'm First Symposium

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Event Details

You will be the first in your family to go to college, which is pretty awesome.

You may be looking forward to awesome college things—like taking interesting classes, studying what you love, and the all-you-can-eat dessert in the dining halls. But as a first-generation student, you may feel overwhelmed by the process in getting there.

Well there’s good news—you’re not alone. In fact, about 1/3 of college students are the first in their family to go.

So come be not-alone with other first-generation students at Nebraska’s I’m First Symposium and learn how you can make all your wildest dreams come true (in college).

You’ll experience what life could be like as a student at Nebraska, get a step-by-step guide through the admissions process, learn about your scholarship and financial aid options, and meet other students just like you.

Plus, by attending this event, you’ll be eligible for the Emerging Leaders scholarship worth $8,000 in tuition over four years.

So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this. Go sign up. Just do it before March 19.

Keynote Speaker

DeWayne Taylor

DeWayne Taylor

D-Wayne has been practicing the art of voice for nearly a decade. Trained by some of the best in the country, he’s hosted, performed, and spoken for hundreds of thousands of attendees at various venues and events, including March of Dimes, Pinnacle Bank Arena, and the College World Series.

In addition to being a uniquely strong and adaptable performer behind a microphone, D-Wayne is also a human beatboxer and educator. He travels, teaching children how to beatbox and showcasing at venues and events.

D-Wayne is a strong millennial brand. He brings authentic, genuine content and purposeful energy management to every event. D-Wayne currently works as a live event host and voice over artist, serves as the afternoon radio personality for Lincoln’s Hit Music 106.3 KFRX, works with Fox Sports as an on-air personality, is an on-court personality for Nebraska Basketball, and runs a live events team.

Follow D-Wayne on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @itsdewayne.

Learn more about DeWayne Taylor


Time Event
8:30 a.m.

Check-in Begins

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Nebraska Union (1400 R St).

9:00 a.m.

Welcome to Nebraska

It’s important to go to college, but it’s also important to know how to get there. We’ll discuss how earning a world-class education can be a reality and what resources will be waiting for you when you get here—from academic and financial support to health services.

9:30 a.m.

The College Admissions Process

Academic excellence, unprecedented research, unparalleled experiences, and dedicated advising are only a few of the many things setting Nebraska above the rest. Discover what Nebraska has to offer, how it can impact your future, and get a better understanding of how the college admissions process works.

10:20 a.m.

Show Me the Money!

Going to college comes with a cost, and it’s never too early to start your financial planning. This informative session is designed to give you tips to maximize your financial assistance opportunities.

11:00 a.m.

Campus Tour

Experience what life is like as a student at Nebraska. We’ll walk the tour, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Residence Hall Tour

Enjoy lunch in one of our on-campus dining halls. Following lunch, visit one of Nebraska’s traditional residence halls and see where you could be living.

1:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote presentation by DeWayne Taylor.

1:30 p.m.

Closing Reception

Meet and mingle with academic colleges, Office of Admissions staff, and representatives from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

2:00 p.m.

Event Concludes

Closing remarks and student dismissal.

Event Contact

Parking & Location

No need to pay—we’ll validate your parking before you leave.