The Schuler Program equips bright, motivated youth with the support they need to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Writing from thirteen schools located in the greater Chicago area in Lake and Cook Counties of Illinois, scholars reflect on their academic experiences, cultural exposures, college applications processes, and more.
Traveling from Waukegan,
Illinois to Baltimore, Maryland to attend a summer college program was an
overwhelming feeling. It was the first time I had ever traveled alone. I
luckily made some friends on the plane trip there who were also in the Engineering-Innovation
Program at Johns Hopkins University. When I arrived at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood
Campus, I was dazzled by its enormous size, preserved old-fashioned
architecture, and its modern eco-friendly features.
I stayed in Wolman Hall, Johns
Hopkins’ newly built dorm that fortunately had air-conditioning. There, I made
all sorts of new friends from all over the world—places like Puerto Rico, Malaysia,
England, China, and Saudi Arabia.
I took an engineering class
that was an actual college class taught by college professors, which was more
advanced than any of my normal high school classes. The class incorporated all
sorts of new math and science concepts that I had never learned before. It did become difficult at times, but
fortunately I was able to learn these new ideas with the help of the teacher,
the teacher’s assistant, and friends. The course gave me an eye-opening
experience in the world of engineering which will help me better focus on the
academic field I would like to study in college.
I was worried that I was going
to be studying all of the time, but in reality I was able to take a break from
homework with the big trips our Resident Counselors planned to Baltimore’s
Inner Harbor, Washington D.C., and Hershey Park. There were also little trips
we could take around the campus like going to the movies, mall, a Japanese
restaurant, and bowling. No matter where I turned there was always something to
do in Baltimore, which I missed after leaving. I also missed having the independence
of living on my own and studying what I like.
When I left Baltimore, I was
reluctant to leave my friends and college life behind. Fortunately, I know that
I will have even better experiences when I actually go to college in two years.