The George Washington University's Vietnamese Student Association College Preparation Conference (CPC) aims to prepare and high school students in the VA/MD/DC region, with a particular interest in Vietnamese American students, for college. We will be holding workshops that will cover all aspects of college life (academic preparation, social adjustment, and financial aid) in order to help students have a smoother transition into college. Some workshops will also be open for parents so that they can be informed and supportive of their children’s decisions. We hope to give back to the community by educating, guiding, and being a resource for the younger generation so that they can grow up to be successful, future leaders.

This event is FREE for all attendees. There will be complimentary handouts and SAT study books as well as a chance to win a full SAT preparation course ($500+ value)!



CPC will be held at the George Washington University’s Funger Hall, located in Washington, D.C.

2201 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

The building is located within four blocks of the Foggy Bottom metro station (blue and orange line) and has pay parking in its basement or metered parking on the street.


9:30 AM – 10:00 AMCheck-in/Breakfast
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMOpening Ceremony
10:35 AM – 11:05 AMWorkshop I: Your Identity
11:10 AM – 11:55 AMWorkshop II: Paying for COllege
12:00 PM – 12:30 PMLunch
12:35 AM – 1:15 PMWorkshop IIIA: The Do’s and Don’ts of College
Workshop IIIB: What to Do When the Bird has Left its Nest
1:20 PM – 1:55 PMWorkshop IV: Getting Involved, Taking Action
2:00 PM – 2:30 PMClosing Ceremony
2:30 PM – 3:30 PMVSA Mixer*

* Members of the Vietnamese Student Association at nearby colleges (GMU, GU, JMU, UMD-CP, V-Tech, and ODU) will come to discuss the details of their respective schools for a first-hand student perspective.

Tentative Workshops

Your identity: how to make a personal statement personal
In our “identity" workshop we will teach students draw from their personal experiences to convey what made them who they are today. The students will need to have the courage to dig deep and find out what they are most passionate about, and we hope to provide them with the courage necessary to apply for their dream schools. There will be a brainstorming session associated with the workshop that will allow the students to self-define their own image. Advising on drafting personal statements will also be included. Through this workshop, students will be able to easily explain who they are and what they have to bring and contribute to the colleges they apply to.

Paying for college
How to apply for college & Financial Aid In many situations, parents generally do not know enough information about applying for financial aid or scholarships to pass onto their children. Our financial aid and scholarship workshop will provide the students with the information and resources necessary in order to attend college. We will teach them to be accountable for themselves and their future by making sure that they take note of deadlines for applications, and the knowledge of what forms are needed to apply for financial aid, and how to fill out certain forms.

The do's and don'ts of college
This workshop will serve more as a confidential forum for the students to open up about any issues that most affect them regarding applying to college or what their college experience will be like. A panel of college students from GWU VSA, varying from freshman to senior year, will be present to discuss their experiences. Topics of discussion include living away from home, roommates, stress management, defining your major, and extracurricular activities. Attendees are free to ask whatever they want and will receive honest answers from the panel. Students only.

What to expect when the bird has left its nest
From a student perspective, workshop directors will advise attending parents about what to expect when their children have left for college. We hope to bridge generational gaps and encourage further understanding through using our own experiences. In a discussion-based format, participants will be able to draw from each other's perspectives so that stronger support for their children can be achieved. Parents only.

Getting involved, taking action
In our community service workshop, we will explain the importance for the students to be engaged in their local regions. Our goal is to show them the bigger picture; that no matter what personal situations or issues they may be facing at home, that they can still make a difference and change someone else's life for the better. We will present them with community service opportunities, ideas for them to even start their own projects, and the steps that are needed to be taken to implement various projects.


GWU VSA is proud to present a $100 scholarship opportunity for one attendee! Anyone interested must submit a 300 word or less answer to the following question: If your name were an acronym, what would it stand for? How would it reflect your strengths and personality ?

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be a current high school student of the VA, DC, MD area in the 9th-11th grade, and you must also attend the conference.


We are very thankful for the support from the following:


Conference Director - Laura Lai
Programming Chair - Emily Luu
Sponsorship Chair - Cam Le
Publicity Chair - Alice Dang
Logistics Chair - Anya Le