Wednesday, O'Neal Upper School and eighth grade students were treated to a visit from 13 Falcon alumni. By invitation from Director of Alumni Relations Blanche Hancock, the current college students answered a variety of questions that were geared to better inform students as they prepare for the college application process.
Takeaways from the panel session:
Take SAT/ACT Prep courses in preparation for those tests as they are important.
Work hard to score high on advanced placement tests in order to receive college credit and eliminate the need to retake the course in college.
Visit lots of colleges and universities, research the unique offerings at individual schools and get input from people who are closest to you in order to determine the best fit.
Attending a large university after O'Neal is not as scary or overwhelming as it seems.
Dining hall food and rooming experiences are sometimes not the most desirable starting out, but the college life experience overall supercedes the discomfort.
When comparing with their fellow college students, among many attributes, they have noticed that O'Neal benefitted them most with:
Notable English and writing skills
Time management skills
Comfort in getting to know the professor and the benefit of the relationship
After the panel discussion, alumni talked more with the Class of 2019 over lunch.
The willingness of these alumni to return and inform our current students is greatly appreciated.
Alumni attending were:
Jack Casey '17 attending Davidson College, Kate Liner '17 attending UNC Chapel Hill, Grace Stroud '17 attending High Point University, Lindsay Vest '17 attending Campbell University, Kyley Paules '18 attending East Carolina University, Signe Healy '18 attending Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, Savannah Jackson '16 attending East Carolina University, Will Schirmer '16 attending Washington and Lee University, Megan Bloom '16 attending George Mason University, Madison McGuirt '15 attending University of Georgia, Philip Casey '15 attending Rensselier Polytechnic Institute, Lacia Core '15 attending UNC Charlotte, Jarred Jenkinson '15 attending United States Coast Guard Academy.