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Updated: Jun 20

Dear 2020 Outgoing JETs,

Congratulations on your acceptance into the JET Program! You are in for an incredible journey and the experience of a lifetime.

We're sure you have a gazillion things running around in your minds right now, and we're here to help! To support our future alumni members, JETAA Chicago organizes a variety of events and initiatives to help Outgoing JETs prepare for their time in Japan.

Take a look at our Outgoing JETs Resources page for a variety of survival guides, videos, and other useful information. It's currently under construction, but we'll be updating it with new resources regularly.

If you're looking for more face-to-face interaction, we've got a bunch of events scheduled throughout the summer leading up to your departure! Meet up with other Outgoing JETs and Alumni Mentors and get excited for your journey to come!

2020 JETAA Chicago Outgoing JET

Survival Series Event Schedule

Meet & Greet Kick-off!

Saturday, June 30

2:00-4:00pm CST

Outgoing JET Happy Hour

Tuesday, June 30

6:00-8:00pm CST

The Road Less Traveled-JET Alumni Stories

Saturday, July 11

5:00-7:00pm CST

A Diversity of Experiences Panel

Sunday, July 26

3:00-5:00pm CST

The Event FKA "Mitsuwa Marketsweep"

Saturday, August 8

2:00-4:00pm CST

Last Call Q&A

Sunday, August 30

2:00-4:00pm CST

These events are for Outgoing JETs and Alumni Mentors ONLY. If you are a JETAA Chicago member and would like to participate in these events as a mentor, please fill in the form below and we will connect you with our Outreach Coordinator, Dylan.

We're looking forward to meeting you!

It was a warm evening in early June when the end-of-year feast was held at Virtual Hogwarts. The students gathered together one last time before dispersing to their individual homes.

The lessons had been long, and the exam questions difficult. Yet the students had been eager to express the knowledge they'd gained. Everyone had worked hard to reach this moment.

"This year's House Cup goes to..."

JETAA Chicago's Third Time's the Charm Harry Potter Trivia Night was a rousing success! Wizarding World fans from all over the US, Canada, and even Japan gathered together for a night of nerdery and fun. What followed was a battle of memory and wit, with House Pride on the line!

Each question was worth 100 points, with the whole game coming to 3000 points! However, it's not as easy as just choosing the right answer. Each question decreases in value as time elapses, so speed is just as important. The cries of dismay when a wrong answer was selected too quickly echoed throughout the courtyard... erm. Conference room. But at least Cassie's typos and other mistakes helped to relieve the tension ^_^'

After three rounds of magical mischief, it was time to tally up the scores. First, we'd like to give a shout-out to the top four players, who also happen to be the MVP's for their individual Houses!

Holly and Jeremy maintained positions in the top three throughout all three rounds, while Lauren and Carl each took first once. An extra shout-out to Dustin, who took first in the second round!

Our between round discussions of favorite classes and coveted charms were illuminating to say the least. Some of the answers definitely confirmed the Sorting Hat's decisions regarding House placement...

This was our first attempt at a Team Trivia format. When logging into the quiz app, players could choose from one of the four Hogwarts Houses. Interestingly enough, with sixteen players we wound up with almost equal teams! The winning team was calculated by averaging the individual scores of its members. And despite hailing from different parts of the country (and the world!), we proved that House Pride brings everyone together.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for... Which team took the House Cup???

Congratulations to the winning team! Lauren, Jenn M, and Jess proved that few can truly be mighty!

We're looking forward to our next event! Hope to see you there ^_^

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Saturday, June 6, 2020


7:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm CST

If you love Harry Potter as much as we do, then this is the event for you! Join us for our Third Time’s the Charm Harry Potter trivia night!

Whether you’ve only read the books or only seen the movies, this trivia challenge is sure to be fun for all. Show off your Wizarding World wisdom and compete with your fellow alumni to earn the House Cup!

That’s right! This time it’s to be a Team Challenge between Hogwarts Houses! We’ll be using the same quiz platform as the previous trivia nights, but this time when you enter the game you’ll be able to choose which Hogwarts House team you want to join. The team with the highest average score will win the game!

We are limiting the number of competitors, so only the first 20 RSVPs for the Trivia Participant ticket will be able to officially compete.

Of course, spectators are welcome and encouraged to join as well! We’ll be doing our usual between round icebreakers and discussions, nerding out and goofing off.

Introductions will start promptly at 7pm CST, with an aim for the trivia to start at 7:20pm. If you are not on the call by 7:20pm, we may give your spot to another alumni. The event should wrap up around 9:00pm.

RSVP Here!

* This event is for JET alumni-only. If an alumni is social distancing with a Friend/Family of JET (FOJ), they are welcome to join on their screen with them.

Questions? Contact us at info@jetaachicago.com


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