Last month, one of our very own received an award from Colleges that Change Lives (CTCL). Congratulations to Andrea Rusk from Mundelein High School on being recognized as one of CTCL’s Counselors that Change Lives. Andrea, IACAC thanks you for your hard work within our organization as well as your tireless dedication to the students you serve. You truly are changing lives!
“Working with a caseload of 450+ students is daunting. Andrea makes it personal for each student. She gives nights and weekends to her students, coordinating college fairs so they are introduced to as many schools as possible and meeting one-on-one with students during the school day. Her students commented on the “personalized attention and guidance” they receive during the college search—the ideal of a student-centered college search that has been at the center of the CTCL mission since its inception. Andrea understands that academic success in college is important but that personal growth makes the full package, ensuring a life-changing student experience. Colleges representatives see her as a great colleague, always appreciative of their time and ready to share a story and a smile whether she sees them on their campus or they are visiting her at Mundelein High School. It’s not easy to make counseling hundreds of students feel personal and intimate, but Andrea makes it happen year after year.”