College Prep

Pre-College Workshops

Creative thinking. Problem solving. Hands-on experience.

Jumpstart your college experience with a SMU Pre-College workshop to explore new interests, dive into topics that you’re passionate about, and use leading-edge tools in programs led by expert educators.

Develop essential skills to achieve academic and professional success. Offered during the summer, on weekends, and during school breaks, you can choose from workshops in topics like business and entrepreneurship, marketing, writing, design and more.

Join other creative, innovative and enterprising students like yourself and see the difference it will make, now and in the future. You’ll make new friends and challenge yourself in new ways.


Pre-College Webinar Series

Free webinars for middle and high school students

Our free webinars will provide engaging content, relevant strategies, and encourage you to explore new interests. Webinars will be offered on Saturdays from September 2020 to May 2021 (excluding December). Instructors will cover interesting topics like what colleges look for in an applicant, personal finance essentials for college-bound students, creative writing and more. Webinars will be followed by a question and answer session where you are invited to ask individual questions. Join your peers and jumpstart your college experience!


Intro to Investing for Teens

January 23, 2021, 2 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Libby Magliolo, M.B.A.

Get an early start on investing and learn how to start building an investment portfolio, even in high school! Learn the steps to take to get on the right path towards building a solid financial foundation.


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Identifying Your Emerging Personal Brand

February 6, 2021, 2 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Lilly Neubauer

What is it about you that stands out? How are you already creating impact in the world? In this webinar you’ll gain tools to unearth some of your most authentic and purposeful memories and attributes. We will look at journaling, value words, mission statements and impact forecast. Together we’ll find ways to meditate through the noise of life into your inner wisdom, find your key values, and create your vision for a purpose-filled future.


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Personal Essay Writing: How To Develop Characters

March 6, 2021, 2 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Diana Spechler

Nothing makes a personal essay stand out like flesh-and-blood characters. Whether you’re starting to think about your college admissions essay or you’re just interested in honing your creative writing skills, this webinar will offer tips for making yourself, and anyone else you’re writing about, come to life on the page.


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Overcoming Obstacles: Tools for a Growth Mindset

March 27, 2021, 2 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Shirley Kaczka

The choices we make about daily challenges determine our future. In this webinar we will discuss three common roadblocks students face: time management, procrastination and self-doubt. The foundation for success in all three of these areas is a healthy mindset. Join this webinar to learn what a healthy mindset is and how to create one for yourself.


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How To Start: A Creative Writer's Guide To Beginning Sentences

April 10, 2021, 2 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Amy Bernhard

Explore techniques for writing compelling beginning sentences. You'll learn the key elements that every strong opening has, and discover ways to improve your own creative writing. This webinar is excellent for creative writers of all skill levels who would like to hone their craft.


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