On April 18th, 120 first-year AP Human Geography students from McHenry East and West High Schools boarded buses early in the morning to make their way to Roosevelt University’s Chicago Campus for an annual visit. For the past four years, this visit has allowed students from the northwest suburb to learn more about the opportunities and benefits that a college education can provide, as well as giving students the chance to visit an urban university campus. The annual visit is the result of a contact between Roosevelt alumna Sandee Dwire (BA history, with honors, ’04 and MA history, ’11), who teaches social studies at McHenry High School West, and Roosevelt Professor Chris Chulos (history), who had Sandee in several of his classes.
College of Arts and Sciences Dean Bonnie Gunzenhauser and Roosevelt University Provost Lois Becker welcomed the students before they headed out for campus tours. Along the tour, staff members Jamar Orr, Barb Anderson, and Jose Marroquin told students about life in the residence hall, about services provided by our learning commons and library, and about the rich student life at Roosevelt. The McHenry students also learned what college classes are like from Professors Billy Montgomery, Jessica Paxton, Graham Pickren, Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad and Cornelius Watson. McHenry freshman Johann Mota said “it was great having the opportunity to meet professors and ask them questions about college classes and workload. It made me feel more comfortable about college.”
After lunch, the McHenry students met with a panel of current Roosevelt students to ask them questions about their experiences in college. Although the focus of the day was to acquaint the students with college in general, Roosevelt Office of Undergraduate Admission counselor Max Siegrist gave students a closer look at what Roosevelt University has to offer in our academic programs, scholarships, athletics and more. McHenry’s Madeline Hendricks shared “If I wasn’t a freshman, I would apply there right now!” To end the day, student support specialist Eileen Hickey led a salary education activity to get students thinking about the financial benefits of attending college. Reflecting on the day, McHenry student Jacob Meyer said “Roosevelt had an amazing day planned for us with many interesting activities and a tour of the awesome campus. The faculty and students were wonderful and welcoming.”
At the end of the busy day, McHenry teacher and Roosevelt alumna Sandee Dwire described the visit as “always such a great day when I bring my AP Human Geography students to Roosevelt. It is an amazing opportunity for them to get a glimpse of college life and I am always so proud to show-off my university to my students!”
To learn more about Roosevelt University, attend our next Undergraduate Preview Day on June 23 at the Chicago Campus.
Story written by Emma Pannier (BA political science, with honors, ’18) and McHenry High School graduate.