The transition to college can be a nerve-wracking time for any upperclassman. But The Bishop School’s College Counseling Office is providing support in unique ways to the School’s juniors and seniors.
Five Bishop’s graduates, all of whom are current college students at a diverse selection of schools across the country, spoke to Bishop’s juniors Thursday in an open-ended session.
Returning to campus were Alice Banta ’17, a freshman at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., Ben Brewer ‘14, a senior at Boston College, Alan Burnett ’16, a sophomore at Columbia, Jiadi Chang ’16, a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and Owen Gallahue ’17, a freshman at Notre Dame.
The group answered a wide range of questions from the crowd about all aspects of college life, kicking off the session by discussing the transition from Bishop’s to college. They also touched upon homesickness, what it’s like to have a roommate, how to budget your finances, finding opportunities for research and internships, and what they do for fun off campus.
Their final pieces of advice for the assembled group?
Owen: “Enjoy the beach and eat a lot of Mexican food.”
Alan: “Don’t envision one particular college experience. Arrive with an open mind and let the experience define yourself.”
Alice: “Do everything. You never know what you’ll like until you try it. Sign up if something sounds interesting.”
Jiadi: “No matter where you go, college is what you make of it, no matter what. Do your own thing.”
Ben: “College is a lot of fun, but there will be tough times, especially freshman year. It’ll be fine. Stick it out and try to push through because there is sunshine at the end of the tunnel and it’ll get better.”