Durfee’s graduating class of 2014 returned to their home turf to advise the up and coming seniors on what life would be like in a few short months. College freshmen Carson Moreira-Rego, James Souza, Nicholas Raposo, Patrick Leaver, Andre Pereira, Joshua Mioza, Caroline Cipiollini, and Kaisey Andrade took the stage in Durfee’s Nagle Auditorium during third period on Wednesday, January 7.
The Durfee Alumni share their experiences.
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Guidance Department Head, Kim Napolitano, hosted the event and asked the questions that were hot on the seniors' minds.They shared their experiences and how much they have learned in such a short period of time.
The graduates had interesting stories both in and out of the classroom. James Souza, a Northeastern University representative, compared his college experience to “being back in kindergarten.” He said that one of the toughest things for him was adjusting to life on his own. He no longer had the guidance of his parents steering him the right direction. “I never had to wake up myself, so the first day of classes I had an 8 AM and I missed it,” said Souza.
Roommates were another hot topic during the discussion. Carson Moreira-Rego, a Babson University freshman, explained to the students that her roommate situation was not ideal. “I do not get a long with my roommates. If you have the chance to switch roommates do it as soon as you can,” said Moreira-Rego. She advised the seniors that switching roommates may be necessary to enjoy the college experience.
Nicholas Raposa, a Boston College nursing student, explained that he met his roommate at "Accepted Student Day" and although they are not the best of friends, they are compatible roommates.
Caroline Cipollini stressed to the seniors that the best thing about high school was the credit from AP classes that she transferred over. She instructed all underclassmen in the school to take as many AP classes as they can.
Scholarships were another popular topic. Andre Pereira, a BCC student, talked about his personal experience and the cost of college. Unfortunately, he was unable to go to his dream school. Pereira said, “My only regret was that I did not apply for enough scholarships.”
Patrick Leaver chose a different career path, and enlisted in the military. He explained the benefit that the military provided such as, free education. He spoke about the rigorous training schedule he had to follow while in training. He felt that Durfee helped him prepare for the military, and told the students to take advantage of the classes that they could use after graduation. " I found that classes that were similar to the course i was going to use after high school, for example I took two years of biology and principles of biomedical sciences. I was able to take what I learned from these classes and bringing it into the military as a combat medic," said Leaver.
“The Durfee alumni were really helpful, they all had really valid points and informed me on things I will be needing to know in the future,” said senior Alexi Rebello. "I had a lot of unanswered question about the social aspect of college, and hearing from my former peers their experience really helped me become more aware of what I will be going through next year," said senior Jennie Arruda.