Supportive Services — School Intervention and Re-Entry Program
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Surviving the Search: FREE College Workshop and Expo for Students with Cancer and Blood Disorders

Please join us!

“Surviving the Search: A Free College Workshop and Expo for Students with Cancer and Blood Disorders”

Stony Brook University, Wang Center

Saturday, Sept. 9 - 12:30 to 4 pm (registration begins at 12:30 pm; optional essay writing workshop begins at 9:30 am and runs until 12:30 pm)




Who’s Invited

Current middle and high school students who are cancer survivors or patients with cancer, hematologic disorders or other chronic illnesses, as well as their parents, siblings and guidance counselors.


Why it’s Important

Applying to college can be an exciting, but also stressful and overwhelming process for any student – especially for those with a chronic illness. After many years of successfully assisting pre-school through high school students with cancer and blood disorders, the School Intervention & Re-Entry Program at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital recognized that additional support can be offered to patients and survivors considering a college education.

With the generous support of a Community Impact Grant from CureSearch, the School Intervention & Re-Entry Program is proud to offer a workshop specifically for students with cancer and blood disorders who are transitioning to college. This program is designed to educate these students as well as their siblings, parents and school personnel about their unique needs, and to empower this special population of students to realize their academic goals. 

In addition to the workshop, this year there is an optional essay writing workshop in the morning, which will be led by an experienced AP English teacher. This will be a hands-on session guiding students through the process of telling their personal story through a college essay. After the workshop there will be an expo with representatives from many regional colleges available to speak individually with students and families about their schools, programs and services. There will also be representatives from illness-related organizations.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 9
9:30 am - 12:30 pm - Optional Essay Writing Workshop
12:30 pm - Registration 
1 - 2:30 pm - Workshop 
2:30 to 4 pm - Refreshments and Expo

Place: Stony Brook University, Wang Center

What’s Being Covered

Experts in college admissions will discuss:

  • College selection
  • Application and admission process
  • Academic programs and support
  • Special programs: studying abroad, internships, etc.
  • Campus life: clubs, organizations, social activities, campus setting, sports, etc.
  • Transportation, proximity to hospital, campus health services
  • Residential Life: dorms, meal plans
  • Office of Disability Services: accommodations
  • Advising and Counseling
  • Cost and Finances
  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Financial Aid

What’s on the Schedule

Special Guest Lectures

  • 9:30 am to 12:30 pm: "Crafting Your College Essay" - **Optional Writing Workshop** — Hands-on workshop led by an AP English teacher and writing expert on how to create a compelling college essay to share your story. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.
  • 12:30 pm: Expo Registration
  • 1 to pm: "From Clinic to College" — Specific issues faced by survivors of cancer and other chronic illness, and what to consider when choosing a college.
  • 1:45 pm: “Choosing the Right College and Footing the Bill” — Step-by-step guide to selecting the right college, from application to acceptance, plus financial considerations, resources and scholarship opportunities
  • 2:30 pm: Refreshments and Expo — Interact one-on-one with representatives from regional colleges 


This FREE event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Wang Center on the Stony Brook University campus.

Space is limited. Register by August 28 at (631) 444-7521 to save your seat, and to be eligible for giveaways and door prizes. 

Presented by Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Children's Hospital and CureSearch