|by Marisabel Figueroa, 2017 CIS University Counsellor Tour Leader|
Dates: 14 - 20 July 2017
Location: The Heartland (Ohio & Illinois), United States
Thirty-one counselors from twenty-six different countries embarked on a journey through the heartland of the USA. This diverse group visited seventeen universities in seven days. The tour started in Cleveland, Ohio and we made our way through Ohio, up the state of Indiana, and over to Chicago, Illinois. The goal was to travel west and visit as many universities between Cleveland and Chicago as possible.
The colleges we visited were: Oberlin College, OH; College of Wooster, OH; Kenyon College, OH; Denison University, OH; Otterbein University, OH; The Ohio State University, OH; Miami University, OH; Indiana University Bloomington, IN; Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, IN; DePauw University, IN; Purdue University, IN; University of Notre Dame, IN; St. Mary's College, IN; DePaul University, IL; University of Chicago, IL; Loyola University Chicago, IL; and Northwestern University, IL.
The colleges and universities we visited helped us gain a better perspective that will ultimately help us better advise our students. We competed in building a table out of paper, we had fun playing with virtual reality simulations, we sang traditional songs, and overall had a wonderful time while learning about all about what these universities had to offer. We made the most of our bus time by having group discussions after each university visited.
To everyone who was a part of hosting our group at a university or college: you all did an amazing job and we cannot thank you enough for your hospitality. From the visits on campus to the meals and housing provided, we are very grateful. Without your kindness, the tour would not be the same.
And to all the wonderful counselors who attended this tour, I will never be able to thank you enough. You each made this a wonderful experience. Your positive attitude during the long bus rides and fast pace of the tour made all the difference. Even though we were thirty-one people it felt like a small family. Thank you all.
For 2018, Tim Munnerlyn, High School Counselor at American School of Warsaw and member of the CIS Higher Education and Guidance Committees, will lead the CIS University Counsellor Tour. The tour will begin on July 13 after the International ACAC conference and will visit universities in Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina.