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nXu Fellowship FAQ for Applicants

 

WHAT's the nXu FELLOWSHIP?

The nXu Fellowship is a selective, 2-year out-of-school program that follows fellows through 10th and 11th grade. The fellowship brings together 32 10th graders to explore, articulate, and pursue their purpose in life. nXu recruits fellows from a diverse range of district, charter, private, and parochial schools to form an intentionally diverse cohort that bridges race, gender, and class lines. 

The nXu Fellowship launches with an immersive weekend retreat that initiates 10th graders into the purpose-driven nXu community. Over the course of the 2 years of the nXu Fellowship, fellows first draft a life purpose statement bolstered by individual and group coaching as well as professional preparation through career exposure and skills training. Then fellows translate that life purpose statement into a life vision as well as a personal purpose project that addresses a meaningful need in the world. The goal of the fellowship is for students to be prepared to navigate life beyond high school with a clear sense of who they are and what they want out of life. 

During the 10th grade school year, nXu Fellows gather twice a month for 4-hour sessions led by a team of “Compass Coaches.” During each immersive session, Compass Coaches guide nXu Fellows through a series of engaging activities, reflections, and authentic conversations. nXu helps participants take advantage of their home city—from parks and museums to companies and nonprofits—as a resource to know themselves, build their community, expand their perspectives, take initiative, and, most importantly, develop a sense of purpose. 

 

Why become an nXu Fellow?

91% of nXu Fellows agree that after participating in nXu, they feel happier about the direction of their life.

91% of nXu Fellows agree that participating in nXu helped them grow in ways that they never could have at school.

91% of nXu Fellows agree that nXu has enabled them to build friendships and connections they would not have otherwise made.

95% of nXu Fellows report that they gained skills that will be valuable to their academic and professional future.

91% of nXu Fellows would recommend nXu to a friend. 

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“I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to immerse myself in a totally new environment and meet other New York kids who come from different backgrounds but share similar passions with me. It was such an adventure and way more educational, empowering, and supportive than I expected any program could be.”

 -2017 nXu Fellow

 

“nXu is a program that leads you in the direction to achieve and find your purpose, and once you have done that, to go out into the world and fulfill your purpose. nXu...truly and effectively enhances how we see and apply our skills to our lives and the lives around us.”

-2017 nXu Fellow

 

"If I liked nXu before, I'm in love now. Tears are flowing down my cheeks. This is what I want for my child. I want him to have guidance. It's about leadership, learning…I have a vision of a beautiful future for [my son] as a result of this program.” 

-Mother of a 2017 nXu Fellow

 

What does the nXu Fellowship cost?

nXu is an educational non-profit funded by philanthropic support from institutions and individuals that believe in our vision that a life of purpose should be available to anyone. As a result of this generosity, participation in the nXu Fellowship is free of charge to all students.

 

Who should apply TO BE AN NXU FELLOW? 

High Schoolers entering 10th grade during the 2018-19 school year who are: 

  • Intellectually curious: 
    • Driven to explore, articulate, and pursue their life purpose as well as related passions and interests.
    • In solid academic standing.
  • Self-motivated:
    • Willing to pursue projects relating to their purpose.
    • Willing to take initiative in their self-development (e.g. will do readings, complete pre-work, and other session-related tasks).
  • Responsible:
    • Committed to attending all of the program sessions. 
    • Responsive to email, text, and other forms of communication from the nXu team.
  • Team players:
    • Able to lean-in, be vulnerable, and authentically engage with nXu content and other fellows.
    • Exhibit potential for leadership or are thoughtful and reflective leaders in/out of school.

Who want to:

  • Know themselves:
    • Better understand who they are and who they want to become. 
    • Develop and strengthen their personal “it” factor that will make them stand out from the crowd in selective college admissions.
  • Build their community:
    • Make lifelong memories and build a community with their cities’ brightest rising 10th graders who are on the path to becoming impactful changemakers.
    • Excited to forge friendships with peers from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Expand their perspective & take initiative:
    • Learn the hard and soft skills that are not often taught in school but that will help them successfully navigate the real world.
    • Challenge and push their thinking, ask hard questions, and brainstorm and implement innovative answers.
 

What’s the admissions process for the nXu Fellowship? 

  • Fill out the online application. 
    • San Antonio applications must be submitted before Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM.
    • New York City applications must be submitted before Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM. 
  • Participate in a group interview session.
    • A subset of applicants will be invited to interview. The San Antonio interview sessions are on either Saturday, September 29 or Sunday, September 30, 2018.  The New York City interview sessions are on either Saturday, October 13 or Sunday, October 14, 2018.
  • Fellows must be willing to commit to attending all sessions, including the retreats.
 

WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES FOR THE NXU FELLOWSHIP in SAN ANTONIO?

Year 1: September 2018 - August 2019

  • Deadline to Apply: September 16, 2018, 11:59 PM

  • Interview Invite Notification: September 19, 2018

  • Interview Session: 1 of the following sessions: Saturday, September 29, 2018, A) 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, B) 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM, or Sunday, September 30, 2018, C) 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, D) 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Admissions Decision Notification: October 3, 2018

  • Deadline to Accept the Fellowship: October 7, 2018, 11:59 PM

  • Admitted Fellows 2-Day Retreat: Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, 2018, Times TBD

  • Session 1: November 11, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 2: December 2, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 3: December 16, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 4: January 13, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 5: January 27, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 6: February 3, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 7: February 10, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 8: March 3, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 9: March 24, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 10: April 7, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 11: April 14, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 12: May 5, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 13: May 19, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Summer Retreat 1: Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2019, Times TBD

  • Summer Retreat 2: Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, 2019, Times TBD

Year 2: September 2019 - May 2020

During Year 2, nXu Fellows will continue on their nXu journey between September 2019 through May 2020. Dates will be announced in the future and programming will be based on the collective interests and availabilities of the fellows.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES FOR THE NXU FELLOWSHIP in NEW YORK CITY?

Year 1: September 2018 - August 2019

  • Deadline to Apply: September 30, 2018, 11:59 PM

  • Interview Invite Notification: October 5, 2018

  • Interview Session: 1 of the following sessions: Saturday, October 13, 2018,  A) 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, B) 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM, or Sunday, October 14, 2018, C) 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, D) 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Admissions Decision Notification: October 17, 2018

  • Deadline to Accept the Fellowship: October 22, 2018, 11:59 PM

  • Admitted Fellows 2-Day Retreat: Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28, 2018, Times TBD

  • Session 1:  November 17 , 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 2: December 1, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 3: December 15, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 4: January 12, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 5: January 26, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 6: February 2, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 7: February 9, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 8: March 2, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 9: March 9, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 10: April 6, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 11: April 13, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 12: May 4, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Session 13: May 18, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Summer Retreat 1: Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, 2019, Times TBD

  • Summer Retreat 2: Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, 2019, Times TBD

Year 2: September 2019 - May 2020

During Year 2, nXu Fellows will continue on their nXu journey between September 2019 through May 2020. Dates will be announced in the future and programming will be based on the collective interests and availabilities of the fellows.