Student Profile: Vanessa Flores (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Vanessa is a senior from District 88.
OES: This is your second year with us. How does this year compare with last year?
VF: Now that I know what to expect I’m finishing my work faster.
OES: Can you compare what you are doing here to the work at your district school?
VF: The work here is challenging. I would feel overwhelmed in a normal class. Here I can work at my own pace. It was hard getting ready for a new subject when I was changing classes. This is better for me.
OES: What has your biggest challenge been?
VF: Algebra II. Mr.Sepke breaks it down into smaller pieces. Now it’s easier because I’ve seen it before. I need his help less often.
OES: Do you have a favorite subject?
VF: English. So far this year I’ve read “Hamlet” and “Jane Eyre.”
OES: Do you have plans for after high school?
VF: I’m going to go to COD to study zoology. I want to work with animals. I’m not sure what I’ll do exactly. It could be anything from a zoo to a vet’s office.
OES: How does your mom feel about your being with us?
VF: She knows I do better here. I was overwhelmed with homework.
OES: What do you miss about Willowbrook?
VF: I miss being with my friends at lunch. But I get to see them after school.
OES: If you knew someone who was going to join us, what would you tell them about our program?
VF: Don’t judge a book by its cover. You never know, you might like the system. You get one on one help from the teachers and the day is only three hours long.
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