Chicago Telugu Association has conducted a Mentor-Protégé Program for High School Students on March 20th 2016 at Naperville Public Library, Naperville, IL, USA. . CTA’s Mentor-Protégé Program is designed to enable successful college students to provide various forms of assistance to high school students to succeed in their preparation for college admission. This unique service oriented program was aimed at large number of Indian Students in general and Telugu Students in particular.

The goal of the Mentor-Protégé Program is to enhance the capability of Students to be competitive and achieve college admission success from top colleges. CTA Chairman Dr. Rao Achanta, kicked off the program with brief introduction about CTA and NATS service oriented programs and said this is the first of its kind of a program conducted in Chicago for Indian Students.

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A six member team of Mentors consists of students who were already admitted to top colleges in USA, has shared their success stories and tips for advancing the rate of success.  Mentors Team included Ms. Sai Talluri from John Hopkins University, Ms. Stephanie Wang from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Mr. Praveen Attele Unior Board Member at Old Irving Park Community, recent Medical Sciences Graduate from Loyola University, Rohan Verma from North Western University, Ms. Celestina Devarapalli and Ms. Kathy Zhang from Loyola University.

Mr. Prasad Talluri, Kumar Kotla moderated the discussion and Sai Talluri led the group of panelists.

Mentors shared their experiences and knowledge by covering wide range of topics in relation to college admission for High School students. The topics covered included:

  • Course scheduling for high-school students:
  • AP/Honors courses
  • SAT vs ACT. Is one test preferred over another?
  • Most appropriate time to start preparing to take the exam
  • Role of extracurricular activities
  • Role of summer activities.
  • Importance of Letters of Recommendation
  • IB Experience, traditional experience, private school experience.
  • Factors to consider when choosing a college

After 75 min discussion and Q&A Session, participant students met Mentors in small groups in breakout sessions and continue their discussion. At the end most of the attended students have chosen one mentor to help them their preparation.

Parents and participated lauded the CTA’s efforts in bring this kind of very important and useful program for community members.

CTA committee members including President Nagendra Vege, Madan Pamulapati, Rajesh, Sujana Achanta, Manohar, Lohitha, Ramky,   and many other volunteers has helped in organizing the event.

Mr. Nagendra Vege, President of CTA thanked all panelists for taking the time out from their busy schedule and also participants for taking advantage of this program. Mr. Nagendra reiterated that CTA is a service oriented organization and committed to help the community and announced that next Mentor-Protégé program will be conducted in the month of June.