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College Guidance Hosts Alumni Panel

Five young alumni recently volunteered at Molloy as part of a college panel geared toward sharing their experiences with our current high school students. Robert Dittus ’15 (St. Michael’s College, Vermont), John Fenner ’15 (St. John’s University), Carolina Jaime ’17(Binghamton University), Donna Kim ’17 (Emory University), and Lillian Mangialino ’15 (Baruch College) represented a diverse panel of college students attending school in New York City and away from home. Their areas of study include Education, Business Management, Psychology, Pre-Health, and Business Administration, enabling them to answer a broad range of questions. The panelists discussed the benefits of dorm life versus commuting locally, balancing school and work, average school and class sizes, how to make friends in new surroundings, how to write a 12 page paper, how to be an effective self-advocate, and how to accept more responsibility and heightened expectations from professors.

Attendees, which included students and their parents, offered questions during a Q&A session, many of which focused on the application process and internships. College Guidance Counselor Mr. Gus Esgro was pleased with the panel event. “The alumni answered questions candidly and provided interesting perspectives about their college experiences,” said Mr. Esgro. “I hope that the students and their parents all took something away from the discussion as they prepare to take on the college application process. I also hope that interest in these types of college events will continue to grow within our community. I can’t emphasize enough how useful it can be to come out and hear from these college students.” A College Night featuring university representatives is planned for March 13th, while an NCAA College Athlete Night is scheduled for 7pm on February 27th. Alumni interested in participating in future panel discussions are encouraged to contact [email protected]. (Pictured left to right: John, Carolina, Donna, Lillian, and Rob)