In late December, the HEAR Family of Scholars came together for our annual Winter Social at Pompei Pizza in Little Italy. We love this event for many reasons, not the least of which is that we get to reflect upon a full year with our scholars. Our Freshmen in particular have had life-changing experiences, and we were thrilled to have an opportunity to share a meal, listen, and learn.

Along with several of our staff and directors, this year HEAR also welcomed two special guests: Dr. Terri Thorkildsen from the College of Education at the University at Illinois at Chicago, and Jerrold Rumps, Outplacement Specialist and Career Transition Strategist with Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Professor Thorkildsen met with the Freshmen for a very lively Q&A on their first college year. Our Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors were able to gain invaluable insights from Mr. Rumps about what is now uppermost on many of their minds: resume building and job searches, the right internship, a good interview strategy, and how to combat the jitters. Our scholars asked great questions and made excellent use of this unique opportunity. A big thank you again to Jerome and Terri for becoming part of the HEAR Family!

HEAR Directors joined the scholars for pizza and dessert and some necessary shop talk. They were able to find out directly from the scholars what their needs and concerns are, and in what ways we can help – be that with guidance and advice, contacts for internships, or specific expertise in a field of interest.