My first semester as a Schuler Scholar...
|Javier at Highland Park High|
School's recent De-stress Fest.
Yveth Capote, North Chicago Community High School '19
My first semester with Schuler was a little more challenging than I expected it to be. Keeping up with Schuler and my school work was harder than I thought. Personally, it’s very hard for me to adjust to new things, but eventually I got the hang of it. Other than having trouble adjusting I’ve really enjoyed Schuler. I did expect for Schuler to be different and challenging at the same time, but experiencing it rather than being in it is different. Honestly, things like REP have helped me more than I thought they would. Having one-on-one support in English and grammar has made a difference for me. Brenda doesn’t only push me to do better but makes me want to do better. She pushes me out of my comfort zone and I've grown because of it. I also like that she constantly lets me know that if I need help with anything she’s there to assist me. In addition to REP, meeting with Sarah for extra tutoring on Algebra has also helped. I also like how she’s always so willing to be there for me. My goal for next semester is to focus on being more organized in order to better keep up with everything. I think that this will help me be more successful for the future.
|Robert navigates the help maze at camp.|
P.S. Be ready for the Canoe Tip Test :)
|Elizabeth at a recent|
Suzie Navarro, Zion Benton High School ‘19
Camp may seem like a scary experience if you're not an outdoors person or have never been away from home. I had never gone to camp before, nor had I ever been more than a day away from home. Yet, camp was one of the best experiences I ever took part in so far as a Schuler Scholar. Yes, the bus ride to camp was long, but I was able to meet and learn about the other Schuler Scholars on the six hour drive. Every day at camp seemed more like a one day field trip rather than a week, and I never felt homesick. My favorite moment at Camp Manito-wish had to be participating in Wells Fargo, which is a capture the flag kind of game. We also got to go zip-lining, rock wall climbing and participate in the low ropes and high ropes courses and other fun games and activities. Towards the end of camp, I went on trail with a small group for about four days, where there was only a little help and it was all on us to take charge. During trail, we canoed almost all day to get to where we had to go, getting little breaks here and there. At first, it seemed a little scary, but once I got the hang of the canoe, I’d say it was much more fun. Overall, camp was really fun and it increased my leadership skills, as well as partnership in groups.
Nancy Pulido, Waukegan High School ‘19
Camp Manito-wish was definitely an experience that I was not exactly expecting. I did not expect to canoe as much as I did nor did I expect the food to be so good. During camp we were able to observe everything without distractions. We were surprised by what we usually never notice. Everything was so quiet and relaxing. It was a great environment to grow, and we did. In those 10 days we learned the true meaning of leadership. We weren’t just leaders but also followers, for what is a leader without followers? Both “trail” and the high ropes course showed us what it would take to step out of our comfort zones. Now in high school, it’s clear that the transition was easier because of camp.
When we entered high school we already had a family of people who we could trust and get help from. We were prepared by learning how to use our resources and step out of our comfort zones. That was camp. Trail was hard core camping and the high ropes course was a hard core playground. The best thing about camp was that we were able to take risks and make wise decisions, bringing us all a step closer to becoming more responsible and independent people. Camp gave me a reminder of my commitment and continues to be one for many of us as we work hard in our freshman year.
Campamento fue sin duda una experiencia que no me esperaba exactamente. No esperaba remar en una canoa tanto como lo hice. Ni me esperaba que la comida estuviera tan buena. Durante el campamento, pudimos observar todo sin distracciones. Nos quedamos sorprendidos con lo que por lo general nunca notamos. Todo era tan tranquilo y relajante. Fue un gran ambiente para crecer, y lo hicimos. En esos 10 días aprendimos el verdadero significado de liderazgo. No éramos sólo los líderes, sino también los seguidores, por lo cual, que es un líder sin seguidores? Tanto "rastro" y las circuito de cuerdas nos mostraron lo que se tarda en salir de nuestras zonas de comodidad. Ahora en la escuela secundaria, es claro que la transición fue más fácil ya que fuimos parte de este campamento.
Al entrar a la escuela secundaria ya teníamos una familia, personas que podemos confiar y obtener ayuda de. Estábamos preparados por aprender a usar nuestros recursos y salir de nuestras zonas de comodidad. Ese fue el campamento. Las caminatas eran acampar núcleo duro y el alto curso de cuerdas era un parque infantil núcleo duro. Lo mejor de campamento fue que fuimos capaces de asumir riesgos y tomar decisiones sabias, trayéndonos todo un paso más cerca de convertirnos en personas más responsables e independientes. Esta experiencia me dio un recordatorio de mi compromiso y continúa siendo uno para muchos de nosotros que trabajamos duro en nuestro primer año.
|Melissa works with her team during|
a blindfolded activity at camp.
Carlos Renteria, Zion Benton High School ‘19
|Carlos and fellow Scholar De'Andre Alexander.|
|Aneliz in the Schuler resource room|
at Highland Park High School.