This past October, Fiona Wilcox, chair of the Teens Take Charge Advisory Council, was invited to The College Board Forum in Chicago to speak on a panel of accomplished young women about successfully getting into college. The panel was entitled, “A Discussion: Smart Girls Make Their College Dreams a Reality.”
Meredith Walker, co-founder and executive director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an organization dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves, was the keynote speaker and the moderator of the panel. Each panelist responded to three questions from Meredith. Fiona spoke about the Jefferson Middle College program which lets you earn College credits while still enrolled in High School. She also talked about living with a chronic medical condition and disability, and about her dreams for a career in the field of neuroscience. She believes her experience as a person living with hydrocephalus and other neurological challenges would make her a strong and steady advocate for patients and their families.
The other young women on the panel were all first generation college students attending the University of Miami, Princeton, Northwestern and Smith. These young women had amazing stories to tell and the attendees gave the full panel a well-deserved standing ovation.
We’re so proud of you, Fiona!
About the College Board
Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
There are great resources on their website, including a scholarship search engine and college application guide.