Student Spotlight: Calvin Howled (Proviso, Ill.)

Date: January 25, 2012

Calvin is a senior from Proviso West.

OES: What was your mindset when you first came to Ombudsman?
CH: I didn’t know what I was going to do. I thought Ombudsman might be like a military school. I found out it’s not like that at all.

OES: What are some of the things you like about OES?
CH: I like that it’s quiet, I can concentrate more. And I like the short days.

OES: What do you find difficult?
CH: Sitting in one place for three hours can be hard.

OES: Do you feel you are doing better academically here?
CH: Yes! Especially in certain subjects like chemistry.

OES: Why do you think that is the case?
CH: First, I can take my time if I need to. I can do the lesson more than once. And if I don’t get it there are teachers to help.

OES: What are some things you miss about West?
CH: I miss not seeing some people I know. And I must lunch and gym. I miss some teachers too.

OES: Tell me about your teachers at West.
CH: They are good. But if you didn’t get something, they couldn’t always stop and help you because they had so many students. Here, I get more help.

OES: Are there other differences?
CH: I feel better about myself.

OES: I know your mom is a fan of our program.
CH: Yes. She told my dean my grades and attendance are better since I’ve been here.

OES: Why did you choose “BELIEVE” for the caption on your poster?
CH: There’s no need to go down a bad road. You just have to believe in yourself.


Our Proviso Center is located in Hillside, Ill.

Proviso Center
4413 West Roosevelt Rd., Ste. 101B
Hillside, IL 60162
P (708) 236-5115
F (708) 236-5108

The Ombudsman Proviso center is operated through a partnership with Proviso Township High Schools District 209.

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