Seniors have so many questions going through their minds when preparing to go off to college. What will it be like living in a dorm? How will I handle the course work? What are some things I will be able to get involved in? With that, we do our best to ease any anxieties they may have through conversation and resources. But then we thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if the seniors could hear directly from Lowell Catholic graduates?” The answer to that is the First Annual Lunch With Alumni!
Using the Lowell Catholic alumni database, guidance reached out to graduates who are currently in college or have recently graduated. A panel of seven students with various academic backgrounds and differing college experiences was put together. The purpose of this variety was for our seniors to hear about a wide range of experiences, both academically and personally.
The panel included:
- Corey Lanier (Class of 2010) – Senior at UMASS Lowell double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice
- Tyler Dumont (Class of 2011) – Studying Electronic Journalism Arts at Lyndon State University (VT)
- Liz Doughty (Class of 2011) – Junior at MCLA majoring in Athletic Training
- Patrick McPhillips (Class of 2005) – Graduated from Stonehill in 2009 with a degree in Business/Marketing
- Nick Canelas (Class of 2011) – Junior at UMASS Amherst majoring in Journalism
- Bianca Terenzi (Class of 2013) – A freshman at Methodist University (NC) studying Business/Sports Management
- Eric Hassey (Class of 2007) – Electrical Engineering degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is now a graduate student at the University of Iowa
The luncheon kicked off with a presentation by Stephen DiGiovanni, a 2002 LC graduate. He is the current chief of the Quinsigamond Community College police department in Worcester, MA. His presentation centered on campus safety and tips on handling the many temptations of college.
After the seniors and alumni enjoyed lunch, the panel members began answering a number of questions relating to their college experience.
The panel of alumni talked about how they chose the college, how college classes compare to high school classes, and how they have gotten involved in internships/job shadowing.
The guidance department got great feedback from the seniors following the event:
- “I think this gave me a small insight on college and took some of the nerves away.”
- “It was valuable listening to the cop talk because it opened my eyes to possible dangers of college.”
- “I liked hearing the experiences and opinions of other students because it was good advice.”
- “We got to know what to expect, not just the typical stuff websites say.”
- “The alumni panel showed a lot of different scenarios that any of us could possibly experience. It was helpful and relatable.”
- “I think the alumni lunch was a great way to give the seniors some extra knowlege/info on what to expect for college.”
We realize that making the final decision of choosing a college is a difficult one. On top of that, they have the worries and concerns about what college will be like. Based on the feedback, the event was a success and we look forward to next year!!!