by Abby Eads
In light of recent college visits, it was decided that a motivational “get your college life together” article needed to be put together and published so those that don't know where to go for information will have something to refer to during their search for careers and colleges after high school.
There’s a ‘life after high school’ type of checklist for both seniors and juniors on the ecusd.info website. Just go to aforementioned address, and click on the tabs in the order listed here: high school, counselor, college career info. There you will find many resources from the guidance office, including the website bigfuture.collegeboard.org. This particular website Mrs. Ramos would recommend everyone look at. Going there is a great way to discover new colleges you may be interested in and maybe narrowing down your list of interests.
Below is a summary of listed suggestions from the guidance office for both juniors and seniors.
Mrs. Ramos also spoke about her going into English classes later in the year to talk about preparations for college, as well as there being a junior college night for parents and students. The summer between your junior and senior year is prime time for visiting colleges because decisions need to be made soon. Mrs. Ramos also mentioned there being group college visits in the future, like Western Illinois on November 29 and ISU in April.
A good way to get a better understanding of what you need to be thinking about when all this prep comes around is know what other people may be thinking about it. When asked what their plans for college were, these two student seemed to have it all handled. Melanie Gustaf, a Junior, said that once she graduates she’s planning on attending Southern Illinois University. She has visited multiple colleges, and when asked about her feelings of the Southern campus she stated that the campus is beautiful. They have nice dorms, good majors, and really cool professors. She’s preparing to go by looking at all the pre-reqs so she can get them out of the way and start on her major as soon as possible. The reason why she had originally developed interest in Southern Illinois University was because they are one of the best schools in the country for radiological science, and she’s interested in a career in ultrasound tech.
Another student, Ana Pearl (Senior), states that she'll be going to Blackhawk East for two years after graduating this spring. Then she’ll transfer to NIU and “hopefully” she’ll be accepted into veterinary school. She chose her career because she loves animals and knows that she wouldn’t enjoy being a doctor to people. She chose Blackhawk East because she knew she needed to go somewhere in state (so she wouldn’t have to deal with out-of-state tuition) and it’s close to home (about an hour and then some away). She’s choosing to go to NIU later because she’s had family members attend and recommend it to her. The programs are great and she enjoys the campus.
The Junior class recently (November 17) went on a trip to Sauk Valley Community College to learn more about certain career types. They were able to talk to people within their chosen professions and ask about what their career is like. This is another thing to help get you prepared for college: if you don’t know what you'd like to go to school for, look for things that interest you and research them and maybe talk to people who've been in those careers before as well.