Student Profile: Kwarion Collins (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Kwarion is a freshman from District 87.
OES: How has your OES experience differed from your expectation?
KC: I thought it would be harder. The work is the same but we do it differently. And it allows me to work at my own pace.
OES: How have you adjusted to a shorter school day?
KC: I’ve learned you need to work the whole time. It’s a shorter day but constant work.
OES: How do you like working on the computer?
KC: I like not having text books. There’s nothing to take home. Once you get used to working on the computer it’s fine.
OES: Three hours isn’t a very long school day. How do you spend the rest of your time?
KC: I dog sit and do more chores around the house. I even do some studying.
OES: Do you have a favorite subject?
KC: Biology. I like learning about animals and the earth.
OES: What’s your most difficult class?
KC: Algebra. But I can ask the teachers for help. Mr. Sepke is really good.
OES: How do you find working is the center?
KC: At first is was hard. It seemed like a long time. But now I’m used to it. I know if I stay on track for three hours I’ll be in good shape when report cards come out.
OES: What do you miss about your district school?
KC: Lunch. I get hungry by the end of my session.
OES: Finally, if someone told you they were coming to Ombudsman, what would you tell them?
KC: It’s a good place. The work is the same but seems easier because you get to work at your own pace. As long as you stay busy, you will finish.
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