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Ask Elle: Senior sorrow

Elle Smith, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

Dear Elle: I'm a Senior feeling quite sad and worried about my friends leaving for college. I haven't been able to see them very much because of COVID; now that I'm back in school, I finally can again....

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at

Ask Elle: Uncertain about the future

Elle Smith, Staff Writer January 5, 2021

Dear Elle: I really feel like my life is falling apart. I'm so scared for college and I'm not ready to be on my own. My grades are crap. I have almost no money saved, yet I've had a job for 2 years. My...

McHenry County College is hosting a series of workshops to prepare students for college. This is an opportunity for students to learn and prepare to take the next step in continuing education.

MCC plans college readiness series

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer February 12, 2020

McHenry County College, or MCC, will host a college readiness series starting on Wednesday, February 19. The series will consist of four sessions that cover a variety of things that can be beneficial to...

After 10 years, someone who has a 1-year certificate from trade school only makes $1,000 less than someone with a 4-year degree—so why do high schools channel so many of its students to college?

Opinion: Shaming trade schools

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer November 14, 2019

From the first day of high school, teachers and staff members are constantly bringing up college, whether it’s about colleges that are visiting, how to apply, or why students should go. However, little...

Ask Elle: Should I stay or should I go?

Elle Smith, Advice Columnist September 4, 2019

Dear Elle: My boyfriend and I have been dating for two years. We are seniors and have been talking a lot about college. I've decided to go to MCC, but my boyfriend is looking at a private school in Wisconsin....

Forward Zion Williamson of Duke University (1) rises up for a slam dunk.

Should college athletes be paid?

Peyton Roper, Staff Writer May 1, 2019

In 2017 the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) made close to $1.1 billion in total revenue. Now think about the players. They do not receive any rewards for their play and contributing to this...

College life from a college professor

College life from a college professor

Emma Snyder, Staff Reporter March 7, 2019

Walking through the door and into a new classroom for the first time can be a scary thing, especially when transitioning from high school to college. Luckily for students that attend McHenry County College,...

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