College Week offers a chance to dream of the future


Emily Filec, Staff Reporter

Why were college fight songs being played in the hallway?  College Week!  Every year, Student Services coordinates what they call “College Week”. This year, College Week was held March 5 to 8. It is a week designed to provide students with a clearer picture of the college process. Every day, third hour teachers tallied students wearing “college gear.” At the end of the week, the class with the most points will win a prize.  Each day this week, Seniors also shared information regarding their chosen colleges and gave advice about the college application process through the morning announcements.

Tuesday, students had the opportunity to hear from their teachers about their college experience. The purpose of this time was to allow students to ask questions and seek advice in planning for their future. Most teachers also posted an “Ask me about…” flyer, naming the college or university they attended for both undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) and encouraging students to inquire about their alma maters.

Another way juniors were able to outline their future was through a college search through Naviance, RB’s college research database. This resource matches students with colleges and universities that suit their desires. It is a great way for juniors to begin the search for the school of their choice.  For seniors, who are finished applying to schools and focused on scholarships,  local scholarship applications are available in the Student Cafeteria.

Mini college fairs were held on Thursday and Friday. A variety of local schools such as, Concordia University, Dominican University, Elmhurst College, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Benedictine University and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission were  in the Commons Area during fourth hour on Thursday for a mini college fair. Students were encouraged to stop by one of the tables at lunchtime and to talk to a representative. Teachers were also welcome to bring their classes.

Today, Friday, Triton College will be hosting a mini college fair featuring several of their programs such as Automotive Technology, Engineering Technology and Culinary Arts. Additionally, they will have information regarding admissions and financial aid.This is, once again, a great opportunity for students to check out some of the programs offered by a local school. If seniors are interested in taking the Triton placement test and visiting the campus, there will be a field trip to Triton in April. Sign-up in Student Services.