College Night

Category: Developing Talents, Learning and Living the Gospel

Duration: 1 session
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Supplies: None
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Preparation:

  • At least two weeks in advance, find and call at least six women who currently attend college (this is a great one to do in the summer when some college kids are home visiting their parents). Ask them to come and talk about their college experience and major for about 5 minutes and answer questions for about 5 minutes. Tell them that the girls love visual aids or something they can touch, but it’s not essential. You want to make this invitation as low pressure as possible!
  • Call/email the women a few days before to remind them to come!
Activity:
1. Arrange some chairs in a circle (or standard rows for larger groups),
2. Read this quote by Gordon B Hinckley: “It is so important that you young men and you young women get all of the education that you can. The Lord has said very plainly that His people are to gain knowledge of countries and kingdoms and of things of the world through the process of education, even by study and by faith.”
3. Share your own personal thoughts about the importance of education.
4. Have each woman take a turn talking about their college experience, followed by a Q&A session.
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More Ideas:
  • Since it can be difficult for some girls to sit for this long period, we had a ten minute break in the middle for a healthy snack.
  • If the girls aren’t asking many questions of the presenters, here are some for you to pose:
    • Is this college different from how you thought it would be?
    • What do you wish you had done to better prepare for college?
    • Outside of the education part, what are some other fun things about going to college?
    • How do you think your college degree might help you even if you decided to be a stay at home mom?
    • Do you think learning how to work hard in your childhood helped you to succeed in college?
    • What other types of majors do your friends have?
    • Are there people at your university who can help you if you are struggling?
  • After this activity, you could ask the girls what majors they are interested in, and build some activities around their interests.
  • If appropriate (and the girls seem interested), ask one of the women for a tour of their campus or lab.
  • Pair this with a “Career Night” activity where you invite women in the ward to talk about their careers.
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