GW Alumni Offer Wisdom on Navigating Life After George
Ever wonder how many colleges to apply to, or how well GW will prepare you for the future? These questions were among the many relevant and timely topics addressed during the annual Patriot Alumni Panel on Life After George, held in the GW Library on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. A total of 10 George graduates who took many paths through and after high school offered up their experience and advice to over 100 GW students and parents. In- and Out-of-State colleges and universities large and small were represented by the group, which included:
Marlo Kerr – Colorado State University
Emma Miner – Gap Year/Goucher College
Dylan Gatlin – University of Colorado, Boulder
Tashan Montgomery – University of Denver
Christl Haley – University of Colorado, Boulder
Anna Ostrow – George Washington University
Sarah Nick – Columbia University
Brianna Boggs – Spelman College
Lexi Banbury – Occidental College
Hannen Badri – Colorado State University
After enjoying pizza and drinks supplied by P3 and IBPA, the panelists described their various approaches to a college search (“Make sure to get good advice, make a thoughtful list, and don’t hesitate to apply to a good number of schools including a couple of ‘reaches,’ a bunch of good fits, and a few “fallbacks.’”), financial aid (“Apply for every scholarship – the GW Future Center can help – and don’t let the cost of tuition stop you from setting your sights on the school you really want to attend!”), study habits (“In high school, we spent 30 hours in class each week, and 15 hours doing homework, and in college, we spend 15 hours in class, and 30 hours doing homework.”), and dealing with roommate issues (“If you don’t like yours, it’s still possible to co-exist…and there’s always next year.”).
By getting together and getting real, this group provided a generous service, demonstrating the value of a George Washington education, and suggesting how students at every grade level can maximize their high school years in order to ensure a bright future.
Many thanks again to the panelists, the parents and students who attended, and for the support of Principal Scott Lessard, Melanie Bryant, Mary Lane, Daylisha Reid, Erin Gatlin, Libby Neid, Maura Macintosh, MiDian Holmes, Caren Press and our super Director of School Engagement Alyssa Richason. This annual event will return next January, soon after Winter Break, so don’t miss the chance to hear from George graduates and make the most of your GWHS experience.