As a college preparatory school, Harrisburg Academy often has alumni return to our halls and share their college experiences with our students.  The Alumni Office, in conjunction with the Student Alumni Network, hosted a College Panel for Upper School students and faculty on Friday Dec. 19.  The Academy welcomed back five recent alumni, all of whom go to Most or Highly Competitive colleges or universities*: Rose Levenson ’12, Mount Holyoke College; Noel Potter ’13, Bates College; Lee Mowery ’14, Furman University; and Hannah Shea ’14 and Claire Gianakas ’13, both of whom attend Carnegie Mellon University.

The alumni took time to speak with the students about their individual college experiences, reflecting on the transitions they experienced from the Academy to college, and on their preparedness for college life.  In addition, Shea and Gianakas were able to compare their separate experiences at the same college — college is what you make it, and they were both able to touch on their own unique experiences at the same school.

The five panelists also discussed the advantages they had from their classes and general experience at the Academy.  In addition to learning study skills and managing the work load covered by all five alumni, Levinson added, “The most important thing I’ve learned is how to find opportunities and take advantage of them.”

The 2014 College Panel was a great success all around!  Thanks to our panelists — we at Harrisburg Academy wish you the best in the upcoming spring semester.  The Student Alumni Network is looking forward to organizing next year’s college panel, so if you are interested in lending your experience, please contact Keo Oura Sabath, director of college counseling, or Michael LaRue, assistant director of alumni relations.

* According to Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges