San Jose, CA
Over 200 students and parents
attended the fifth annual BAPS Educational and Career Development
Seminar on September 6, 2008 at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan
Mandir in Milpitas.
The six hour event aimed at
High School students, College students and parents, consisted
of workshops, presentations and panel discussions. Hosted
by High school advisers, college advisers and professional
experts, the subjects presented included preparing for standardized
exams, writing college applications, choosing the right
campus, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques.
The event opened with a keynote
address by 16-year-old Sejal Hathi, founder of the international
non-profit organization titled Girls Helping Girls. Susan
Taylor, a student financial aid professional for over thirty
years presented to the audience key information on how to
apply for FAFSA, Cal Grants, financial aid for various institutions,
financial aid for specific populations, federal loans, how
to be smart about one’s money, and much more.
While Sharon Noon presented
on how to prepare for college while in high school, Kate
Augus and Joanne Prewitt explained how to write a personal
statement, and what to think about when choosing a college
and a major.
The workshops touched on a
wide range of topics, from entrepreneurship to presenting
oneself at interviews. Aradhna Patel, who has worked in
the HR industry for 13 years provided guidance on resumes
and interview techniques.
The event was also an opportunity
for networking, with representatives from, over eight colleges,
five counselors and over twenty career representatives.
This was followed by a panel discussion on career choices.
Explaining the role of parents
in children’s education, the career day concluded
with a panel discussion for parents. This session allowed
parents to express their concerns while getting a different
perspective from each of the panelists.
All participating students
and parents found the event to be very helpful and were
thankful to the Kishori and Kishore mandal who organized