“Putting the Pieces Together” for Juniors and Families Held at West


Eiman Navaid

"Putting the Pieces Together" for juniors and families was held in the Niles West auditorium on Wednesday evening.

By Eiman Navaid, Staff Writer

On Wed., Nov. 13, there was a presentation held at West for juniors and their families to learn more about the college process.

The event took place after juniors met with counselors in their U.S History classes a couple of weeks ago to start thinking about the next steps.

College counselor Daniel Gin spoke to those in attendance about important dates in 2020 for juniors, which included a “Focus on your Future” presentation, a college trip, the annual District 219 college fair, SAT testing, “Understanding the Next Steps for Juniors and Families,” and the three-day destination college workshop. More information on these events can be found on the Niles West website.

“This is a time for us to come together as families and start thinking about the next steps and what we can do together,” Gin said as he began the presentation.

After presenting the basic information, the parents and students separated into different areas with their counselors for what Gin referred to as “breakout sessions,” where parents could ask specific questions about certain processes such as academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, and other college options.

“It was very informational and the counselors were very helpful in answering questions,” said junior Sydney Schroeder, who was in attendance.

Although junior Alexis Mazzenga did not attend herself, her parents were in attendance, and she believes the event was helpful in explaining the next steps that need to be taken in the college process.

“I’m glad my parents were able to go because they learned a lot of important information and were able to ask any questions they had,” Mazzenga stated.

Those who were not able to attend can make appointments with their counselors for any questions they have regarding the college process and the next steps to take as a junior.