Proviso College Fair Wraps Up College Application Month in District 209
October 30, 2015 02:10 PM
More than 400 students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the Proviso College Fair at Proviso West High School on October 27 as Proviso Township High Schools wrapped up its observation of College Application Month.
Seniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have focused on applying for college during the month of October. The focus on completing the college applications was part of District 209’s participation in Illinois College Application Month.
Organized by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Illinois College Application Month is an annual event designed to promote the completing of college applications by high school seniors across the state.
While the goal in Illinois was to successfully complete at least one college application during the month, in District 209, seniors are expected to complete at least four college applications, said Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, chair of the District 209 guidance department.
"Our goal is that everyone has a plan and an option once they graduate from high school," she said. "Before graduation, it is our hope and strong suggestion that all students will complete at least four applications to a college, whether they plan to attend or not. We’re pushing all students to apply this month. We will continue to encourage them to apply more often through this spring."
At the Proviso College Fair, students visited with representatives from several Illinois schools including Loyola University Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois and out-of-state schools such as Missouri State University as well as the nation's military branches.
Asia Skinner, a Proviso West junior, wanted to learn more about pre-med programs to reach her goal of one day becoming a doctor while remaining relatively close to home.
"I’m looking for colleges that are best for me because I’m going to college to get my medical degree and become a doctor," she said. "It’s better for me to go to a school closer in the region."
Brian Matthews, a Proviso West senior, said that he wants to study business administration, and believed that attending the college fair would help him.
"It’s a good opportunity for my plans for college and to get more of a feel for the college environment and to get more information about colleges that I have never heard of," said Brian, who added that he is looking at schools including Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and Northwestern University in Evanston. "It’s more convenient for me to get that information so I can get my plans better situated."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that helping students develop a plan for life after high school is needed for success in life.
"We strive to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students to grow and to develop a love of learning," she said. "It is our goal that all students, when they leave our schools, that they will be ready for life after graduation and they will be ready for success in whatever path they take, whether that is postsecondary education or a career."