When Life is Hard: Challenge, Resilience, and Thriving

Many QuestBridge Scholars and Alumni have faced profound challenges in life, including and especially the last 14 months. What does it mean for individuals, families, and communities to have resilience in the face of hardships like constrained resources, injustice, and other life challenges? Join us for real talk with one of the world’s foremost experts on grit, resilience, and thriving, Angela Duckworth, who is the Founder & CEO of Character Lab and author of the bestselling book, Grit. Angela will be sharing her thoughts and experiences in dialogue with Ana McCullough, Co-Founder & CEO of QuestBridge.

Reimagine Networking: Creating Genuine Connections

The practice of cultivating a network can be intimidating, especially for first-gen, low-income, marginalized, or underrepresented students and alumni, but we hear all the time that “it’s about who you know, not what you know.” How do you genuinely connect with industry peers to pave the way towards new opportunities and experiences? We are leading a discussion with QuestBridge Alumni to reframe what networking truly means to make it more approachable no matter where you are in your education or career.

Racial Justice: What Does it Look Like & How Do We Get There

With increased attention on racial justice across the world, we have a unique moment to make real, sustained change. But what should that look like? And how can we get there? Join QuestBridge Scholars and Alumni in an open, candid conversation about what we can do, individually and collectively, to address the ongoing oppression we see against communities of color. Let’s plan for a more just future, today.

Dealing with Crisis: Strategies to Support your Mental Health

Join a clinical psychologist and psychiatrist, who have worked with children, teens, and adults, as they share strategies to support your mental health, especially during these times of crisis. The session will focus on questions about seeking therapy, taking medication, as well as strategies on coping with isolation, academic pressures, and family obligations.

When Your Plans Change: Making a Career Transition

Sometimes the plan just doesn’t work out. As you learn more about your personal identity, strengths, and priorities, you might decide to pivot your career path. Our QuestBridge Alumni panel will offer tips on how to plan your next transition – we will cover how to create your gameplan, the mental and tactical steps in achieving your goal, and how much finances factor into decision making.

You Belong: Navigating Fear and Doubt in the Academy

Have you experienced imposter syndrome since coming to college? Do you experience fear and doubt related to whether or not you belong at your institution? Who gets to determine whether or not you belong or matter at your school? This workshop will focus on explaining the psychosocial dynamics of navigating imposter syndrome that marginalized and underrepresented students in college may face as they matriculate. Participants will gain a more nuanced understanding of how doubt, fear, mattering, and belonging impact their educational journey and practice internalizing their sense of worth and validation.

Walking In Your Power

What does it look like to live authentically? How can we think about the conditions, influences, and people that helped create who we are today, from a place of strength and opportunity? Join siblings, Carlos and Beverly Watson, as they share their journeys as successful entrepreneurs, and lessons learned from creating lives of impact through a variety of fields from journalism to education.

Attendees: Describe QB Convene in Three Words

Keynotes: Nico Slate and Nicholas Casey

Nico Slate
Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

Nicholas Casey
National Politics Reporter, New York Times

Keynote: David Simas

David Simas
CEO, Obama Foundation