College help for Oswego High School students is now available in the Career Center near Student Services. OHS alumna Anna Dutton, a representative of ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission), has been working with students in need of college-related assistance.
Dutton comes in every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Career Center during lunch, guided study, and ASP periods, as well as after school, for students who have questions about college. This is the first year that ISAC is at OHS.
The program grants advice and step-by-step walkthroughs of almost anything college or career related. Dutton mentors students through the college application process, and is able to help with any questions a confused student may have.
“I didn’t realize what I had to do [to prepare for college] and I had to discover it all on my own. So it’s really important to reach out for help,” Dutton said, looking back on her years in high school. “I didn’t want people to be confused during the college application process. I want to give them as much resources and help that they need because no one should go through this alone.”
All students can get help in the Career Center, not just seniors. Seniors are mainly helped with college/scholarship applications, filling out their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), financial aid and any questions about college. All the other grades are more focused on starting a career search, creating a resume and looking for colleges to visit.
Students can also get help from their counselor and Mrs. Jayne Colvin. Mrs. Colvin helps with transcripts, recommends college visits to the school, organizes SAT retakes, and assists students thinking about joining the military. Mrs. Colvin’s office is located in the Career Center.
If you have any questions or want to schedule a private appointment, students can call (630)-743-8399 or email her at Anna.Dutton@illinois.gov.