Looking Back – Mr. Seebode

This week Mr. Seebode, a member of our Science department, shares his high school memories with us!


Name: Mr. Seebode

High School: Union Catholic (Scotch Plains, NJ)

What Were You Like in High School:

I am very grateful for the experiences I had in high school! I had a small, but close friend group and did my best to work hard. One thing I loved about high school were the opportunities to be involved in many different activities and classes. I was a 3 season athlete (cross country, winter track, and spring track), involved in campus ministry, and took 7 AP classes during my Junior and Senior Year. I even formed a club called the “Animal Rights and Endangered Species Club” during my senior year to raise money and awareness for the World Wildlife Fund.

Favorite High School Classes:

I loved the science classes I took in High School. Along with AP Environmental. AP Biology, and physic classes that I took during my junior and senior years, I also took 4 science VHS classes: Oceanography, Animal Behavior & Zoology, Astronomy, and Anatomy.

Advice for My Freshman Self

Be present! It is easy to rush from one thing to another in high school and to always be thinking of the next thing. During school, you’re thinking about practice or time with friends. During your practice or extracurricular events, you are thinking about all the homework you have that night. And at night while you are at home, you are focused about the day or weekend ahead. Be present and in the moment. Enjoy practice and extracurricular events when you are practice. Focus in on school when in class. And be completely present with your friends and family to make the most of their presence. High School is a busy time in your life, but it really helps to be present during each part of your busy schedule in order to make the most of every experience!


Thanks for sharing with us, Mr. Seebode!


50 States, 50 Colleges – Alabama

Once again, it’s been a while since we did a 50 States, 50 Colleges.  We are in the midst of early application season and out of the over 92 colleges we’ve sent transcripts to so far, none have been Alabama-bound!  Maybe once you learn about our spotlight college, you’ll be ready to head south : )

College in the Spotlight:  Auburn University


Location:  Auburn, AL (located 1.5 hours away from Atlanta)

Enrollment:  25,912 students

Fast Facts

As I gathered information for this post, it felt like I was going to be writing about a resort.  My notes page was full before I even got to academic programs (more on those later)!  Let’s start with food.  By my count, there are 38 dining options on campus, including Starbucks, a Chick-fil-A, and a Denny’s that never closes.  Included in that count are 7 food trucks.  The Recreation and Wellness Center can help you burn off some of the calories that come with having so many options!  The rec center features an indoor track, a virtual golf simulator, a zipline, rock-climbing walls, and a 40-person hot tub!

Now that I’ve gotten food out of the way, let’s talk about academics!  There are more than 140 majors to choose from at Auburn, ranging from Architecture to Wildlife Sciences.  Among distinction are: The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences (recognized as #1 in the world), Wireless Engineering (the nation’s first and only bachelor’s degree program in this area), and Pharmacy (students have logged over 2,500 community service hours by volunteering at area health fairs, screenings, and outreach events).

According to this US News and World Report article, the college with the highest tuition in Massachusetts is Amherst College at $52,476.  Sure, Auburn is far away, and you will be an out-of-state student, but is it ever a bargain at $28,040 per year.   Students who have a  GPA of 3.5 or above and high test scores can qualify for scholarships, which will make that tuition bill even smaller!

School spirit is huge at Auburn, and there’s no better place to see it than at a football game.  Game day for the DI Tigers involves many traditions.  One of the three eagles that reside at Auburn takes a pre-game flight, soaring around the stadium before landing in the middle of the field.  Aubie the Tiger is their much-loved mascot and has won multiple national titles for best college mascot.  How does Auburn celebrate a win?  Fans take toilet paper rolls and “roll” Toomer’s Corner, a street corner in downtown Auburn.

DSC_3829 by GR8PIX, on Flickr

Even with such a huge student population, Auburn is described as a family.  “Hey Day” is a tradition where name tags are handed out to all community members and everyone is encouraged to greet one another by name as they go about their day.  This year’s Hey Day took place in October – follow this link to see a video!

For more info on Auburn, visit http://www.auburn.edu



Looking Back – Ms. Falardeau

LCHS’s art teacher, Ms. Falardeau, shares her high school memories and experiences with us this week!


Ms. Falardeau and her mom before the prom!

Ms. Falardeau and her mom before the prom!

High School: Chelmsford High School (Chelmsford, MA)
Extra-curriculars: Dance – tap, jazz, lyrical, competition, performance. Singing lessons. I also worked at Mrs. Nelson’s Candy House


What were you like in high school? I was quiet, but not shy and I floated between a few friend groups. Academics came really easily to me because I have such a good visual memory, subsequently I didn’t try very hard. I was most drawn to art (pun intended), because it challenged my brain on a more conceptual level than most other classes did.


High School Memory: I had been looking at colleges in Massachusetts (MassArt, Endicott), and I got home after a tour and my brother asked if I liked it and I said it was okay, then he asked me a question that would change my college search immediately, “Do you want to walk to school in the snow?” Without hesitation I responded, “No.” That is when I started looking south and found Savannah College of Art and Design. I was fortunate enough to be able to fly down to tour the school and fell in love before I even left the airport. The deal was sealed and it was actually the ONLY college I applied to (which I don’t recommend to anyone, as it is too stressful to wait for their response).


Thank you Ms. Falardeau!