Smart Advice From Those Who Have Been There

Thank you Walt Whitman alumni for returning to your alma mater for this important and worthy exchange of information and ideas. Chairperson of Guidance and Student Services, Ms. Leah Lugovinia (back row left) welcomes her group.
Thank you Walt Whitman alumni for returning to your alma mater for this important and worthy exchange of information and ideas. Chairperson of Guidance and Student Services, Ms. Leah Lugovinia (back row left) welcomes her group.
Ms. Lugovinia enjoyed the honesty and straightforwardness of both questions and answers.
Ms. Lugovinia enjoyed the honesty and straightforwardness of both questions and answers.
Rini Halder, who attends Harvard University, offered a simple reason for her desire to attend that particular school that took her fellow alumni off guard.
Rini Halder, who attends Harvard University, offered a simple reason for her desire to attend that particular school that took her fellow alumni off guard.
Last year’s Salutatorian Isabel Sakarin, currently attending Vassar College, is extremely happy with her choice.
Last year’s Salutatorian Isabel Sakarin, currently attending Vassar College, is extremely happy with her choice.

Telling it like it is, Walt Whitman alumni gathered for an annual event that sheds light on what to expect when you head off to college. “Visit the school you really want to go to more than once, they look at that,” said one alumna. “Sure there are parties, but you need to learn quickly that you absolutely must do the work….first,” offered another. One of the consistent comments was the importance of scholarship money to help defray the cost. “There are scholarships out there for everybody and anybody, and they’re not hard to get, you just need to do it.” “Start early on applying for scholarships, I wish I didn’t wait so long.” “Take AP courses, I’m going to graduate early because of the AP courses I took.”

In separate assemblies, Whitman students were able to send written questions to the Guidance Department, where Ms. Leah Lugovinia, chairperson of Guidance and Student Services, consolidated and organized them by subject matter. The questions were read aloud, and alumni were able to respond directly. The answers were straightforward and honest. “We had 25 Whitman graduates representing a diverse group of schools and experiences eager to help advise our junior and senior students on how to transition well from high school to college,” said Ms. Lugovina. “Our students had the opportunity to hear about what they should be doing now to prepare for college, how to successfully navigate the complexities of college life and the rigors of college level work.

Thank you to the following Walt Whitman alumni who returned to their alma mater for this important and worthy exchange of information and ideas: Jack Schatten- Boston University, Zarmeen Mussa- Columbia University, Marina Kopf- Fordham University, Mara Keen- George Mason University, Abigail Daniels- George Washington University, Rini Halder- Harvard University, Cassidy Batkin- Marist College, Maggie Nostrand- Penn State University, Jonathan O’Toole- Purdue University, April Fallon- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Oliva Banting- Stony Brook University, Emily Biederman- SUNY Albany, Sean Delle- SUNY Farmingdale, Jon Sparling- SUNY Geneseo, Paige Gladstone SUNY New Paltz, Patrick Cammer SUNY Oneonta, Kristen Cardascia University of Connecticut,  Nicole Peluso University of Delaware,  Megan Lo and Bridget McHale- University of New Haven, Alexis Darrow- University of Texas @ Austin, Isabel Sakarin- Vassar College, Alexa Arthur and Nicholas Oberle- Virginia Tech, and Kalif Jones- Westminster College of the Arts.

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