Graduates return to share college insights with high school freshmen and seniors

Returning graduates answer questions and share stories with current Schuylerville seniors
Returning graduates answer questions and share stories with current Schuylerville seniors

On Monday, Jan. 8, more than two dozen graduates from the Schuylerville High School Class of 2017 returned to share insights, advice and anecdotes about life after high school with current freshmen and seniors.

“The biggest difference between high school and college is the freedom and responsibility,” said Lauren Kelleher, a freshman at Cazenovia College. “In college, your professors don’t baby you. It’s up to you to show up to class and study. It’s your money and your time.”

Janine O’Brien, Sarah Rust and Carrie Bean, school counselors at the high school, facilitated a question and answer session during which the returning graduates spoke about a range of topics, from class schedules and textbooks to doing their own laundry and living with a roommate.

“This event has become a tradition at Schuylerville High School,” O’Brien said. “Our goal is to give our freshmen students an opportunity to hear advice and different suggestions that they can take advantage of throughout their high school experience. As for our seniors, we want them to get an idea of what to expect if they plan to attend college classes in the fall.”

Kaleigh Gale is a freshman at Colgate University. She spoke to the Schuylerville freshmen about taking advantage of every opportunity in high school. She says the New Visions program helped her determine her major.

“I always thought I wanted to go pre-med and the New Visions program confirmed that,” Gale said. “I was able to get real-world experiences before college. I got to spend time in the hospital and even watch a C-section.”

Several of the other graduates also spoke about taking advantage of Advanced Placement (AP) classes and other classes available for college credit.

“Use your time at Schuylerville to learn good studying techniques,” said Carolyn Steele, a freshman at Bentley University. “Learn to make a study guide, get help with your essay writing and push yourself. It will pay off in college.”

Returning graduates pose for a photo after meeting with the freshman class
Returning graduates pose for a photo after meeting with the freshman class