Attorney Elizabeth Olszewski mentors Waukegan senior through college application process
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (August 12, 2019) – Every day, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard attorney Elizabeth R. Olszewski is a tenacious advocate for her clients. But her passion for helping people in the Lake County community transcends the walls of the law firm and courtroom. For the past several months, Elizabeth has been mentoring a Waukegan High School Senior as she navigates the often-daunting college application process.
Elizabeth was connected to her mentee, Aliyah Plummer, through the Waukegan 2 College program, non-profit organization focused on providing assistance to students who have some type of limited abilities in navigating the college application process, such as language or financial barriers.
The Waukegan 2 College program accepts students as early as 5th grade and continues to follow these students and provide them with the knowledge and assistance they need both to apply, become accepted, and receive financial aid for college. Participants not only receive general information, but are also paired with a mentor who can answer more specific questions and provide them with a more personal experience.
That’s how Elizabeth met Aliyah, a Waukegan High School Senior who is interested in pursuing a pre-med degree.
When Aliyah starts college next year, she will be a first generation college student. As such, her family really didn’t know where to begin with the process. So, she turned to Waukegan 2 College where she met Elizabeth.
Elizabeth became involved with the program after she was invited to a luncheon the organization hosted last summer. After learning about all the great things the program is doing to help Lake County students, she decided to join.
Since they first connected a few months ago, Elizabeth has met with Aliyah on numerous occasions and provided her with detailed assistance and feedback on her common essay in the hopes of giving her the best chance of acceptance into a school of her choice.
“Waukegan 2 College has been a life changing program for me. It has provided me with the knowledge and assurance that I, as a first generation student, can confidently succeed in high school and college. I’m so grateful for the opportunities that the program presents such as application and interview workshops as well as college visits. I’m especially grateful for my mentor, Elizabeth, who has already provided me with a sense of direction and much support during this period of my life. Waukegan 2 College has given me new friendships and the opportunity to be successful in and beyond high school and college,” Aliyah said.
Last week, Elizabeth accompanied Aliyah as she visited three colleges she is interested in attending, Mt. Mary College Milwaukee, Cardinal Stritch University, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
“Working with Aliyah to help her achieve success and accomplish her goals is one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I think everyone could learn from her passion, excitement, drive and dedication. She’s already very special, but will undoubtedly make a successful young professional some day,” Elizabeth said after their day of college visits.
When she finishes college, Aliyah hopes to pursue a career as a physician, occupational therapist or physician’s assistant.