Jeanette is a sophomore from District 87.
OES: Remind me when you joined us this year.
JD: It was late October.
OES: Yes, now I remember. How has your year been going?
JD: It’s better than I thought it would be. I thought the rules would be very strict and annoying but it’s really just common sense.
OES: Did you find working on the computer to be difficult?
JD: No, I’m real good with computers. I’m good in school. I can read fast. I’m a pragmatic thinker. And I don’t miss homework.
OES: Is there an aspect of the program you really like?
JD: I really like being able to work at my own pace. I know teachers at my other school had to try and balance all different kinds of students. Now I can work at my own pace. But if there is something I don’t get, I can work through it until I do.
OES: What’s your favorite subject?
JD: English. I’ve always liked English.
OES: What’s the most difficult?
JD: Math. But Mr. Sepke will help me if I need it. I like the whole one on one thing.
OES: What do you miss about your district school?
JD: At first I missed my friends. But I’ve learned they were not really my friends after all.
OES: Any thoughts yet about life after high school?
JD: I would like to either attend the Art Institute of Chicago and study Graphics and Game Design or become a small animal vet.
OES: If you knew someone who was going to join our program, what would you tell them about Ombudsman?
JD: I thought it was going to be a bad experience but it’s not like that at all. I get more done here in three hours than I did all day at school plus I had home work. You get all the help you need and more!