High schoolers have the opportunity to schedule 1-on-1 calls with Budding Branches’ volunteers. Discounting an abnormally high demand, students will be able to schedule calls with as many different volunteers as they would like. These calls are designed to be more informal and personal, and to enable students to step into the shoes of a college student. The duration of each call is generally between 30 minutes to an hour. Furthermore, the 1-on-1 calls take place during periods of two-weeks throughout the academic year.
Budding Branches both hosts and helps host college panels for its partner organizations. Although Budding Branches is able to tailor the panel’s agenda slightly depending on the partner organization’s needs, we prioritize topics that relate to the college experience itself rather than those regarding the details of applying. Some past panel topics include living away from home, transitioning into college life as a freshman, college extracurriculars, what a typical day as a college freshman looks like, and advice for incoming freshmen.