Graduating high school seniors are getting ready to head to colleges and universities all over the country and Hillels are getting ready to welcome them to their campus communities. Once on campus, there are (at least) a hundred things vying for the attention of incoming freshmen: getting to know roommates, finding your way around campus, learning about student clubs, etc. Often, and much to the chagrin of their parents, Jewish life on campus isn't a new student's top priority.
A new website, www.jcollegebound.org, makes the transition a bit easier. As soon as a student knows the college or university they'll be attending, they can sign up and then hear from a Hillel professional on that campus.
From the Hillel perspective, Andrea Hoffman, executive director at the Newberger Hillel Center at the University of Chicago, explained, "We know how overwhelming it can be to come to a new environment and be far from a familiar support system. This connection allows us to welcome a student before they even arrive and help them get to know about campus and community resources."
Jonas Actor, a second-year student from Houston, said, "There is so much going on when you first arrive, it would have been great to have had Jewish contacts on campus before I even got there."
"We are always excited to meet incoming students, even just through email, before they arrive on campus. It also gives them an opportunity to ask questions they may not be thinking about during Orientation Week," said David Korenthal, UChicago Hillel engagement associate.
The jcollegebound site was developed by the Hillels of Florida and was expanded this spring to serve campuses nationally. Information is only shared with the Hillel director at the University indicated by the student, and never shared with third parties.
While jcollegebound hopes to help the transition from home to college and university, UChicago Hillel, Northwestern Hillel, Metro Chicago Hillel and Illini Hillel all wish a smooth transition for our graduating seniors moving from campus to
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For more information, visit www.jcollegebound.org.
While jcollegebound hopes to help the transition from home to college and university, UChicago Hillel, Northwestern Hillel, Metro Chicago Hillel and Illini Hillel, all part of JUF's department of Campus Affairs and Student Engagement, wish a smooth transition for our graduating seniors moving from campus to graduate schools and the work-world.