Smart Advice From Those Who Have Been There

Walt Whitman Chairperson of Guidance and Student Services, Ms. Leah Lugovinia (second from left); Principal, John Murphy (left); and Assistant Principal, John Varlamos (right); welcome this year’s group of alumni back to the Whitman campus.
Walt Whitman Chairperson of Guidance and Student Services, Ms. Leah Lugovinia (second from left); Principal, John Murphy (left); and Assistant Principal, John Varlamos (right); welcome this year’s group of alumni back to the Whitman campus.

Telling it like it is, Walt Whitman alumni gathered for Alumni Day 2017, 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.”

Whitman juniors and seniors 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. “Every year, we welcome our Whitman graduates to educate our junior and senior students about how to prepare for the rigors of college level work, the application process and managing newly acquired independence successfully,” said Ms. Lugovina. “This year, we had an intimate group of Alumni who were eager to pass on the knowledge gained from their first semester of college.  This year's group of Alumni represented a diverse group of schools, from Nova Southeastern, MIT, Fordham and Stony Brook University to name a few”

Thank you to the following Walt Whitman alumni who returned to their alma mater for this important and worthy exchange of information and ideas: Arielle Khatchatourian, Binghamton University; Christina Lofaso and Natalie Migliore, Fordham University; Zannia Ojibe, George Washington University; Joonho Ko, Massachusetts Institute of Tech.; Haley Tract, Nova Southeastern; Derek Lap and Milly LeClaire, Stony Brook University; Courtney Mayer, University of New Hampshire; Tyler Zeoli, Wagner College.