Sophomore College Trips
By Reine Pavlik
10th grade Chemistry teacher
This week was college field trip week for the younger wildcats. On Wednesday, November 4, the freshmen had their first college visit at Depaul University. While there, students had an introduction to college life and what it’s like to be on a college campus. The freshmen had fun with a scavenger hunt that led them to different parts of campus and met some of the current undergraduate students during a Q&A panel.
Thursday, November 5, the sophomore wildcats took a field trip to five different colleges. The student spent their morning traveling to DePaul University, North Park University, Northeastern University, University of Illinois Chicago, and University of Chicago.
While on campus, the sophomores were given a tour and were able to see what life is like for college students. The wildcats met a panel of college students and were able to ask questions regarding classes, student life organizations, financial aid, student support organizations, and living on campus. The students were eager to learn more about college and what it meant to choose a major, and learned that college classes are much larger than their classes at Clemente, but typically meet for much less class time, with longer hours spent on homework.
When the sophomores returned from their college trip, they were able to watch a documentary, “In the Game,” which follows 4 teenage girls attending a CPS high school, who are all on the same soccer team together. The girls are faced with many challenges and obstacles that could easily keep a person from going to college. However, they work together and use their team to provide them with support that allows them to continue with their education after high school.
The sophomores engaged in a serious conversations about the kinds of opportunities that open for students after they earn a college degree. Our students began thinking about what they want to do once they graduate and where they want to go to college. This conversation enabled the students to start thinking about what they need to do in order to achieve their goals. Keep a look out for our next college visit!