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Annual Alumni College Panel held at AVRTHS

Participating AVRTHS alumni included, from left to right, Amelia Kulik, Northeastern University; Julia Walsh, Mt. Ida College; Kaila Harpin, Springfield College; Lacey Lemanski, U Mass Amherst; Holly Arsenault, Framingham State University; Priscilla Aguilar, Westfield State University; Jessica Pomerleau, Worcester State University; Logan Dunnigan, Salem State University; John DiPietro, Westfield State University; and Evelyn Lopes, Bryant University. Photo/Submitted

Marlborough – Ten recent Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS) graduates returned to their alma mater to form a college panel and speak to the current juniors and seniors about the college experience and to field questions from the audience. The alumni ranged from college freshmen to seniors, and represented both state and private colleges and universities, and were happy to share their advice with the current students.

Discussion topics included such things as learning to fit in with a roommate, how each institution incorporates technology into the curriculum, and time management. A current senior asked how many colleges each had applied to, and the answers ranged from two to ten, although most agreed that four or five would have been sufficient. Several students mentioned applying and getting accepted early to be able to tap into the scholarship and grant pools.

Many students on the panel are still following their AVRTHS technical program choice, and advised that the students make sure they speak to their advisor at college to be able to get credit for several college level courses through their technical area. Others have branched out to other fields, but are using their AVRTHS skills to maintain a job to help with expenses.

“I really enjoy and look forward to this event each year,” said Principal Mark Hollick. “It seems like just yesterday that these students were walking through our hallways, and now they’re here giving college advice. It’s fun to watch the transformation and see how mature they’ve become. I think our own students really appreciate hearing from former students, as they’re much more credible in their eyes than their teachers and counselors.”

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