We arrived in Chicago with one prospective applicant and one junior wavering and undecided; we left with two extremely eager and committed hopefully future UChicago students.
The best way to decide if a school is right for you is with out a doubt visiting campus. Through our Domestic Exchanges our students are fortunate enough not just to visit campus but to fully embrace many aspects of life there and meet many current students.
Over a long weekend to Chicago our students experienced first hand the hard-work and diligence required to be a successful UChicago student and this certainly inspired them to aim for the school. The girls also participated fully in academic life attending lectures, participating in a small group discussion class on the literature of refugees and studying in "Reg" (the library). Outside of the classroom they also participated in a wide-variety of on-campus opportunities. We attended dance rehearsals, cheered on UChicago at football and soccer and listened to a talk by Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America. This wide range of experiences is something not every high school students gets to undertake and we hope will be immensely helpful for our students both when applying and also when they get to college as they are little bit more prepared!
We also used the visit to see some cultural aspects of Chicago's Downtown area. We visited the Art Institute, attended a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert and took a walking tour that explained the architecture of Chicago. The Nashville students were also joined by their Chicago Project Rousseau counter-parts for these trips helping both groups realize that their Project Rousseau "squad" extends much further than their own city!
Now four of our Chapters have participated in Domestic Exchanges this academic year. We are always so amazed by the growth of our students even on a short trip such as these and look forward to students from our remaining chapters participating in trips shortly.