Preparing for Life After High School
A student favorite, Van Wright of Bowling Green University returned to New Bremen to discuss making the most of your post-high school experience. He urged students to leave their doors open during orientation, to meet new and different people, and to get involved in some way. The program ended with a Peer Panel discussion. Lauryn Bertke, Matt McCollum, Stephanie Burkard and Kati Ward, via Skype, spoke about their personal experiences after high school. Lauryn attended a private school in Ohio, studied in New York City and now works in development for non-profits; Matt finished his undergrad and graduate program early to begin work in accounting; Stephanie got a liberal arts degree from a small Christian school in Georgia, spending some time in Greece; and Kati took time off from school to move to Alaska and work with an environmental issues coalition. The panelists, with their vastly different experiences, were able to provide different perspectives on education, work, parties, paying for college, etc. The students were free to ask any question they felt needed answered.