Student Profile: Tynece Allen (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Date: December 3, 2012

Tynece is a sophomore from District 88.

OES: Students usually come to us with certain expectations. What were you expecting?

TA: I expected bad kids gone wild. But it turned out to be under control. Everybody is just getting their work done.

OES: What were your personal expectations of the program?

TA: I expected that I would have all the work done in a month. I thought it would be way easier than regular school. But it’s just the same. The only difference is there are less people.

OES: How do you like working on the computer?

TA: I like it. I have to stay focused on my work in A+ because I can’t go to Facebook.

OES: How do you feel you are doing academically?

TA: I’m doing way better in history. It was my weakest subject. It was boring at school and I couldn’t stay awake. I love math. I’ve already completed my geometry for the semester.

OES: Talk to me about the teachers.

AT: You guys are very, very helpful. I wouldn’t be as far as I am without help.

OES: Has it been difficult for you to adjust to a nontraditional classroom?

TA: Being independent is great for me. I can work at my own pace.

OES: What do you miss about Willowbrook?

TA: I miss socializing with my friends. That’s the only thing that’s different.

OES: If someone you knew was going to enroll here, what would you tell them about the program?

TA: It’s not what you think. When I first heard the word “Ombudsman,” I didn’t know what to expect. Now I’d love to stay if I could.

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