First Generation Symposium

I'm First Symposium

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

Registration Closed

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. Sign up to attend Nebraska’s I’m First Symposium and learn how you can make all your wildest dreams come true (in college).

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

The best part? 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 22.

Carlos Ojeda Jr

Keynote Speaker

Carlos Ojeda, Jr.

Carlos Ojeda, Jr. has been called one of the most dynamic speakers in America today. A former university administrator, professor and small business development center director, he now focuses his energy on empowering students to succeed by teaching them that their voice is their power. He is a youth development expert with over fifteen years of experience inspiring students, from elementary school to college and education professionals in 40 states.

Combining his entrepreneurial spirit with passion for changing the lives of youth across the country, he started CoolSpeak: The Youth Engagement Company. CoolSpeak provides youth motivational speakers, programs, and events designed to engage, educate and empower youth.

Carlos is an educator, youth speaker, author, poet, and entrepreneur. Yet, he still finds time to be a devoted husband to his wife, dedicated father to his sons, and committed to his family and community.

Learn more about Carlos Ojeda, Jr.


Time Event
8:15 a.m.

Check-in begins

Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Nebraska Student Union Bookstore (1400 R St).

9:00 a.m.

Welcome to Nebraska

Get a big picture introduction of the University of Nebraska.

9:35 a.m.

City Campus Tour

Experience what life is like as a student at Nebraska. Walking will be involved during the City Campus Tour, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

10:30 a.m.

The College Admissions Process

Academic excellence, unprecedented research, unparalleled experiences, and dedicated advising are a few of the many things setting Nebraska above the rest. In this session, you’ll discover what Nebraska has to offer and how it can impact your future while getting a better understanding of how the college admissions process works from university admissions staff.

11:10 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.

11:45 a.m.

Lunch and Tour of Residence Hall

Enjoy lunch in one of our on-campus dining halls. Following lunch, enjoy a tour of one of the university’s traditional residence halls and being imagining your life on campus.

12:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote presentation presented by motivational youth speaker Carlos Ojeda, Jr.

2:00 p.m.

Closing Reception

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

2:30 p.m.

Event Concludes

Closing remarks and student dismissal.


No need to pay—your parking will be validated before you leave.