Q&A with student Audrey Jeromin
The Learning Network includes partners from
all walks of life –– from educators to business people to nonprofit
professionals, to students and parents. Audrey Jeromin is a 2013
graduate of Kalamazoo Central and a Kalamazoo Promise recipient. She is
now a freshman at Western Michigan University.
What was the biggest challenge you faced in graduating from high school?
Making up lost credits was the toughest part of getting through high
school for me. I wanted to have a balance between school, work and
friends. However, I had to prioritize my goals. This meant putting
schoolwork first and missing out on having fun on weekends or going
somewhere over winter/spring break.
What were the most significant events that happened to help turn things around?
First of all, I had a wonderful counselor who helped me with
different credit recovery opportunities. Secondly, I would say that the
help I received from the The Learning Network’s College and Career
Access Network workshop on filling out the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (known as the FAFSA), reduced a lot of my stress as I
prepared for college. I also benefited from a mentor outside of school
who helped me organize my goals and overcome personal obstacles as I
pursued these goals. Not to mention that there were many caring teachers
who helped me over the years with my school work.
How could systems improve to help people in your situation?
I would like to see more information reaching students about all the
resources that are available to help them and their families. It would
be nice to see printed and online information that asks the question,
“What do you need help with?”
What would your advice be to students who are struggling?
I would encourage these students to reflect on their lives and ask
what they want out of life. They should take the initiative and let a
teacher or school counselor know if they are struggling. There are so
many resources available, but many students don’t know there are people
ready to help them.