Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has proclaimed October “College Changes Everything Month” in Illinois as students complete their college and financial aid applications for the 2022-2023 school year.
“October was chosen because most colleges have a priority deadline for completion of applications on Nov. 1. By completing these applications by the deadline, you are putting yourself in an excellent position to receive the most awards, financial aid packages, scholarships, and early admission,” states counselor Ms. Bonebrake.
Currently, in its sixth year, CCE Month college planning activities have allowed Bremen High School counselors to take advantage of these opportunities by hosting various events and activities. During their English classes, senior students spent their time in the computer labs to be assisted in post-secondary schooling.
In support of the month, teachers have been wearing college attire every Wednesday to spark conversations about their college experiences and about new universities that students have never heard of before. As of the 2021-2022 school year, everyone is encouraged to wear their college and career gear every Wednesday. This is being done to establish the college-bound culture at Bremen further. This culture is also celebrated through the CCC program, which teaches and promotes positive work and study strategies for college and career readiness for students.
“I think it’s great that teachers are showing different colleges around the school. It is essential that students have an idea of all the options available,” said senior Brianna Kim.
Although many teachers on campus participate in College Wear Wednesday, some students are unaware of its existence. However, the College and Career Center plans to share quick college fun facts during the Wednesday morning announcements each week to raise awareness.
Another way Bremen is trying to encourage students to get involved is to celebrate the seniors’ post-secondary accomplishments by announcing their enlistment, college acceptance, and union confirmation. Counselor Bylut created this. The first time a student is accepted, they must send their letter of guarantee to their counselors to receive a t-shirt and candy bar. So far, 21 students are college and career-bound.