Waukegan To College Lake Forest Campus Visit

On Saturday April 13th, 2013 Waukegan To College visited the Lake Forest Campus where they took an awesome tour of the college. The tour included a High School Workshop where the students learned more about applying to college. There was also a workshop for parents regarding what Lake Forest has to offer and the importance of getting kids into college. After taking a complete tour of the campus and attending several other workshops (besides the ones mentioned earlier), all students returned to Buchanan Hall for a debrief by the Lake Forest & W2C Staff Members. The kids seemed to really enjoy themselves and were really interested in what this great historical college had to offer!Image

W2C Board of Education Lincoln Center Meeting

Waukegan To College students stepped up to read letters to the Waukegan Board of Education explaining why the W2C Program was important to them. They did an excellent job in their public speaking performance, definitely a moment to remember for parents, staff, board members, and other students who attended. Great Job Waukegan To College!


Being accountable (literally) for educating yourself about personal finance

The Aspiring Adult

Late last year, there was a post published in the Huffington Post’s Money Blog. The post—written by Ben Mulling, the chief financial officer at TENTE Casters, Inc.— details the Four Steps to Educating Students about Personal Finance.

Mulling’s main message of the post is that college students must take personal accountability for educating themselves about finances. He believes that this lack of personal finance education is what leads students to make so many financial mistakes early on in their lives. Mulling cites that only 22 percent of students understand how income taxes work, and only 31 percent understand how credit card interest works.

Mulling’s message of the post resonated more so with me now than ever. Less than three months from now, some of my very close friends will walk away with bachelors degrees. They’ll also walk away with a substantial amount of student loans to…

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Seniors step into the workforce

Taking Notes? Ha.

Write Then & There

Sitting in Finance class. What is a desolate college student to do? Notes have been taken, seat buddies have been conversed with, and the professor is telling a story about the Dow Jones.

INSPIRATION! Or rather, a wonderful idea stolen from my friend, Ella. It consists of a little man walking among the blue notebook lines, when he realizes that life is more than just the two lines that he is strolling between. He then decides to step down and explore the line below:

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He becomes bored with the line below fairly quickly, and decides to move on to lower pastures, but loses his balance:

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Skipping forward in Little Guy’s life, he has somehow acquired a miniature dog and is taking it for a walk. Then, without warning, they come upon a cat, and…well…

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And of course

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I hope the rest of his day was less stressful!


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Breakfast: A Healthy Habit

Liberty Dining Dietitian

By Robin Quay, MS, RD, Sodexo Dietitian

Studies show that people, who eat a healthy breakfast, have a lot of other healthy habits which help them weigh less, feel better, and have more energy for work, fitness and leisure activities. People who eat a healthy breakfast tend to eat healthier foods throughout the day, and tend to exercise. People who skip breakfast, or grab a donut or a fast food breakfast, tend to eat unhealthy foods throughout the day. They also tend to be people who don’t exercise.

Eating a healthy breakfast can be an important step on the road to health and wellness. A nutritious breakfast contributes important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to the diet, ensuring that you are getting everything you need so your body can perform efficiently. Breakfasts that contain protein and whole grains can help you feel full until lunchtime, so you avoid an unhealthy…

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How 8 Days With College Kids Brought Me Back to Life

unequally yoked

“Breathe. You’ve cried only twice today, Carrie, that’s improvement,” so the self-pep talks go these days.

Costa Rica

Wake up. Go to work. Sit at desk. Computer screen, internet, email. Meetings. Go home. Repeat. That’s been my version of “keeping my head above water” in the last couple weeks after returning back to Georgia from two of the most emotional weeks in Texas.

I was ready to give up on just about everything.

Then I boarded another plane and things changed.

My ticket read Guatemala City, Guatemala. Everyone who had been to Antigua before could speak only of their love affairs with her and her cobblestone streets, bright-as-the-sun hues, and magnificent landscapes. If possible, I would call it, “love before first sight.”

Fall in love I did. And, in only the way love can do, I awoke from my slumber.

When I look back on my time in  Guatemala and Costa Rica…

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W2C Students Hard at Work During Spring Break

When we think of Spring Break we often think of rest and relaxation. Some of us have been able to do that but for some Waukegan to College students they have been hard at work all week, and are really proud of their commitment and dedication to W2C and their academic future.

 Here are just a few things that our students have been busy with all week!

Helping out at the office —

Thanks to Luz Cruz, Mirian Lopez, Carlos Rico, Cecilia Rico, and Gala Torres for filing hundreds of college brochures away in our college resourceroom!
Thanks to Guadalupe Bueno, Gabriel Murray, Carlos Rico, Cecilia Rico, and Salvador Rodriguez for counting 16,803 plastic bottle caps for our “Plastic Caps for Dialysis” drive.

Academics —

Students in 5th thru 8th grade have been coming in all week to take math assessments so that we can tell where our students need extra help. Over the summer these students will be able to work on strengthening their math skills based on a program tailored to their individual needs.

College —

Some of our seniors used this week to continue to work on finishing up applying to colleges, and working on scholarship applications.

Career Exploration —

Eric Garcia just completed a 3 month career exploration program with Fiamico Restaurant located downtown Waukegan. We’d like to thank Chef Mike and Fiamico Restaurant for working with W2C and giving Eric this great opportunity. Take a look at the yummy dish Eric created himself! At the end of Eric’s mini-internship, he created a 3 course menu on his own that included a savory soup and salad dish, a main dish (check out the picture), and desert (picture not available — it was so delicious we forgot to take a picture!)

Busy, busy, busy…


The Family Piano Company Fundraiser


Now is a great time to stock up on guitar strings! Family Piano Co. will be donating to us 15% of revenue from all Alice brand merchandise sold between Monday April 8th and Saturday, April 20th.Image

They have over 60 different types of strings for violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, and all types of guitar. Plus, they’ve got picks, care kits, capos, string winders, maracas, cables, and more!

You don’t have to bring in any special coupons or codes – we get 15% of all Alice merchandise sold for that week. Invite your friends and family to stock up too – every little bit counts! If you buy during this week, you also get 35% on all Alice merchandise.

Family Piano Co. will also have a tip jar available, if you would like to contribute, but don’t play a stringed instrument.

Their street address is 114 S. Genesee in downtown Waukegan, but it’s easier to find them via their parking lot on County (1 block west of Genesee, between Washington and Belvidere).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Alice Cares program coordinator Brendan Alviani at 847-775-1988 or email him at brendan@familypianoco.com.


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