Class of 2012
Amherst College - B.A. in Spanish and Economics
Leslie Coronel is a graduate of Amherst College with a degree in Economics and Spanish. She is the oldest of four. Her younger brother is a freshman at Augustana College. Her favorite class at ETHS was AP Chem and she also really enjoyed Latino Quest after school.
Leslie is currently working in the finance department of Medline Industries. She hopes eventually return to graduate school. Her favorite part of college was meeting people from around the world and making friends with many different backgrounds and perspectives. She also enjoyed working at the Office of Admission a few times a week for her last two years on campus.
Indiana University Bloomington - B.S.
in Recreation: Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management
IU is one of the biggest of the Big Ten, but that didn't stop Sara-Claire from making her mark on campus. She was the primary campus contact for DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and a member of the Student Event Planners Association. These campus activities, plus her part time job with the catering department, gave her plenty of exposure to her major. She also worked as a Library Assistant.
"Evanston Scholars is the tour guide on the adventure for college. It helps us understand all the information thrown at us and is a program full of people who are there for you when you have no idea what you are doing. I could not and still can't think of anything that can suffice how happy I am to be an Evanston Scholar!"
Barry University - B.A. in Business Administration
Josh decided to leave the familiar terrain of Chicago's North Shore and head south to Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He has his eye on the ball, literally, when it comes to his college career. Basketball and business are his pursuits and Barry offers him the opportunity to follow his dreams. "I know what I want to do in life and I'm ready to get the ball rolling," said Josh. "I'm able to stay in the game and achieve academically at the same time," he says. This future entrepreneur has big plans for his life and he knows that Barry will help position him for success. His goal is to own and operate a sports-related business in the Evanston area.
"Evanston Scholars is the reason I am in college. They have pushed me to do well and have helped me become a better person. My mentors are super."
University of Illinois-Chicago/Oakton Community College
The road to becoming a medical doctor is a long one and Ruby is moving right along on her journey. After graduating from ETHS, Ruby began her college studies at Oakton Community College where she made Dean's List every semester. She carried a full academic load in addition to holding down a job and helping her family at home. She entered UIC as a biology major with junior standing, then decided the best route for her was to return to Oakton because of the nursing program offered there. Ruby credits her academic success to hard work and a healthy lifestyle. "I feel that an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to a lack of focus in class,” she said.
"Without Evanston Scholars, I would not have been able to stay on top of all things. I am very fortunate to be a scholar, because most importantly, it gives me a sense of how well, as a diverse group, we can work together to define our short term and long term goals."
Marquette University - B.A. in
Intensive English, Minor in Mandarin Chinese
Sometimes finding that right college fit doesn't happen the first time, but with continued and diligent research, a student can land right where she wants to be and that's exactly what happened for Andrea. She wanted an urban campus so she transferred from a school in the middle of Chicago to the middle of Milwaukee, which is where Marquette University is located. At Marquette, Andrea enjoyed getting to know faculty and learning more about their academic interests and research. “I took full advantage of my professor’s office hours. I went in, studied and talked with them every week.”
"Evanston Scholars really encouraged me to gain more information about the college process, and in the end, really supported me and my decisions for the colleges I was interested in."
Manhattanville College - B.S. in Business, Minor in Music Management
Khadijah Davis is a graduate of Manhattanville College, in Purchase, New York. She is the daughter of African American parents. At ETHS she enjoyed, being a part of ETHS cheerleading, ESANDE dance company, private voice, and taking her journalism and media classes.
Khadijah hopes to work in the music / radio industry. She loved working for her college radio station on-air and as a music director. Khadijah recent became a Mentor to a Class of 2018 Evanston Scholar.
Purdue University Calumet
Shytasha is a young woman on a mission: Her mission is to graduate with a degree in accounting. Her campus has many resources for students and she takes advantage of all of them. "The writing center, academic research center, free tutoring and study groups have really helped me," she said Initially time management was a challenge for her, "but I now know what it takes to do well academically and I’m organizing myself a lot better,” she said. In addition to her challenging course load, she works part time in the admissions office "College is what you make it. You have to work hard and most importantly strive for success! Nothing is impossible just work for what you want and complete what you started!''
"Evanston Scholars has given me amazing mentors, Kay and Dan Israelite. I don't think I would have made it through my first two years without them and Evanston Scholars."
Triton College - A.A. in Hospitality Industry Administration/Culinary
Brenda knows what she is looking for in life. The hospitality industry has been her calling and she has stayed with it. "Triton s a good school for me because I was able to explore many aspects of the industry," she said. Currently, Brenda is contemplating becoming a chef. Brenda wants high school students to know that college classes are much harder than high school. “Even though it was hard, I made it. I had to do my homework during my break at work, and transportation was a big issue for me, so I always needed more time to get to school." As a member of Triton College’s Hospitality Club, Brenda gained experience in hospitality and restaurant management. “We planned different events and participate in competitions.”
"Evanston Scholars has helped me a lot. It gave me a mentor who has helped me understand a lot of things about college. I am so thankful that this program was created."