Alumni Return to Impart Their Wisdom

By Will Zimmerman
Volume 68, Issue II

On November 22, twelve Briarcliff alumni returned to give college, career and life advice to juniors and seniors. The event began in the auditorium where the Briarcliff graduates briefly gave introductions and discussed their lives since graduating high school. Students heard from alumni who are now teachers, chemical engineers, businesspeople and even a row instructor. Following the introductions was a Q and A session, during which students asked questions whose topics ranged from college life to finding a job and social networking to high-scores.

The students then broke up into smaller groups, in which they met with
two to three alumni to talk about their specific experiences and ask questions in a more comfortable setting.

“Overall, it was a great experience,” said junior Noah Benson. “I met people from many different fields and was able to hone in on what I might want to do after I graduate, which is to become an astronaut.”

Hearing about both successes and failures of those who came before them was a valuable experience for the upperclassmen, who are set to begin the next phase of their life after graduation.

Most students said they were receptive to the graduates’ advice, and the experience served as a glimpse into life after high school.

“It was a very insightful experience,” said junior Sarah Raphael. “I was exposed to many career opportunities that lie in front of me. I was also ensured that it is okay if I do not yet know what I want to do with my life.”


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