Graduates share the scoop on college
Marlborough - Juniors and seniors on track to graduate with the State Scholar designation from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS) learned about college Nov. 21 when eight AVRTHS alumni discussed their college experiences.
Jeremiah Obermeyer of Hudson, a 2002 graduate, is a mechanical engineering major at Northeastern University. He finished a program at Benjamin Franklin Institute in Boston, earning the Dean's Award and the Ralph G. Adams Memorial Award, before attending Northeastern.
A.J. Taillacq, a 2005 graduate from Marlborough, is a turf grass major at UMass- Amherst, and worked with the Fenway grounds crew all summer. He told students that the best thing they can do is to work hard.
Vinny Ross, 2004, a senior at Penn State University, told the students to visit a lot of colleges until they find the one that just feels "right."
Adam Ryan of Marlborough is in his first year as a criminal justice major at Worcester State. He cautioned students to make wise decisions.
"You find that you have a lot of freedom as a college student, but don't abuse that freedom," Ryan said. "Stay focused."
Jason Collins of Marlborough, 2007, an engineering management major at Norwich University, said living in a dormitory can be a little unsettling. He said he found sports are a good way to make new friends.
Kerry Kendall, 2005, is at the College of the Holy Cross and is an Army ROTC cadet. She will graduate as a commissioned officer, and said she thrives on the combined workload of college courses and Army training.
Two 2007 graduates are studying nursing at four-year colleges. Rozie Ross, from Maynard, chose Curry College. She discussed the need to manage time wisely.
Candace Schaufus of Marlborough commutes to Fitchburg State. She urged students to apply for all the scholarships and grants that they can.
"I'm practically going to school for free, thanks to all the financial aid I received," she said.
AVRTHS's Curriculum Coordinator Mark Hollick (another AVRTHS alumnus) was pleased with the event.
"Too many students are unprepared for all the freedom or even the hidden expenses," he said. "It was great to have these recent grads share their experiences in a candid fashion and maybe take some of the mystery out of college life."
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