Attica alumni returned to their alma mater Tuesday for the fourth annual College Survival Seminar, organized by Elise Meyer, a high school guidance counselor, and Mrs. Melissa Girdlestone, who teaches business.
Alumni talked to current Attica students about the good, bad and ugly of college life to help them as they decide whether college is for them.
“They just kind of tell it like it is to juniors and seniors just so they have a better idea of what to be looking for,” said Girdlestone. “Normal questions students in general have about their first year in college or even their second. What are the classes like, dorms, what are the rules, scheduling, all of that. And we just leave it open - a question will come up and then whoever wants to answer, answers, then we’ll go to the next one.”
The seminar is one piece of Attica Central School District’s overarching goal to prepare college-bound students for life after high school. To that end, Meyer and Girdlestone will be offering a new, 10-week course next school year designed to acquaint students with the process of applying for college
“It’ll look at loans, FAFSA, scholarships - all of that,” said Girdlestone.
Attica alumni who participated in Tuesday’s seminar were Alex Strzelec, class of 2018;
Laura Craddock, class of 2018; Meredith Janes, class of 2019; Eric Peters, class of 2019; Ashley Harmon, class of 2021; Bianca Foeller, class of 2021; Alexis Wright, class of 2021; and Alyssa Wright, class of 2020.
Attica alumni talked to current Attica students about the good, bad and ugly of college life Tuesday during the district’s fourth annual College Survival Seminar. Alumni talked to students about some of the challenges that can come with picking classes, making new friends, balancing schoolwork and living with roommates.