Take It From umpire Bellino: It’s Not Just GPA and ACT That Win the Game!
The theatre was packed, but not for a show!
Round Lake High School hosted its annual Career Panel Night with Major League Baseball Professional Umpire, Dan Bellino as their celebrity guest. Similar to Wrigley Field’s baseball stands, the Round Lake High School theatre filled with over 100 eager parents and students.
All grade levels, freshmen to senior, came to network with a series of over 40 established professionals in education; business and computer sciences; the arts; public services; criminal justice; and health – to name a few.
The close of second quarter in education rings in the holidays, and the heat of college application season. So too does the stress.
“I thought Career Panel Night was really helpful and inspirational. I loved hearing about how their careers have made them successful and it really made me think about what I want to do in the future,” noted junior, Alpha Moreno.
“I found Career Panel Night to be very interesting the way they explained their typical day and their college experiences. I had the opportunity to talk to the military person as well as the nurse, and I learned that I really want to go into the medical field through a military branch. I really feel that it helped me figure out what I want to do,” noted freshman, Christina Larson.
The evening began with umpire Bellino’s take-a-way: The Four T’s: “TAKE TIME TO THINK”
His speech highlighted the struggles modern day students face: 1) How Social Media Can Affect Personal and Professional Successes for Today’s Aspiring Students. 2) How To Compete as a Leader and a Professional in Today’s Workplace.
Communications Specialist, Monica Jovel, commented on umpire Bellino’s take-a-way of the night. “It is no secret. Students face not just the pressure of achieving a good GPA and ACT score; they are also juggling peer acceptance, bullying, defining what success is, and the rigors of an academia working to help them compete as viable 21st century employees. I believe the student’s loved his speech.”
After the opener, the crowd was ushered to designated rooms throughout the school to meet and learn from any of the professionals they wanted to hear more from.
Round Lake High School Lead Counselor Sarah Schaefer noted that she started this program because there was a need for a forum like Career Panel Night. “The counselors’ goals were to allow the student’s direct exposure to an array of careers by speaking to the professionals themselves. I could not be happier with the improvements from last year. We went from 12 panelists in 2012, to over 40 this year!” said Schaefer.