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Alumni Return and Share College Experiences


Kelsey Roddriques '15

Staff Reporter

January 31, 2014


Sophomores and juniors eagerly gathered inside the Nagle Auditorium on Wednesday, January 15 for the annual Voice of the Alumni assembly. Each year, a selection of the most recent Durfee graduates returns to share their college experiences and provide advice for future college students.

The honorary guests for this year’s seminar were Muna Ferdausi and Lucas Saunders of Bristol Community College, Morgan Cowen of University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sarah Medeiros of Holy Cross College, Tara McCann and Corinne Laurianno of Bridgewater State University, and Joel Martins Jr., Kate Massoud, Rebecca DeMedeiros, Cory DaSilva, Ashley Penney, Ryan Costa, and Mohammad Tambir of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


They began by emphasizing the importance of time management, a theme that resonated heavily throughout the event. “You’ve got to manage your time, your teachers won’t take no for an answer,” warned Massoud. Each student echoed the

Members of the Durfee Class of 2013 came back over their winter break to share their college experiences.

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significance of taking responsibility for your actions both inside and outside of school. “You have to stay on top of things, you’re in college, you’re an adult now and you need to start taking responsibility,” reiterated Martins.


Medeiros advised students on how to make the best out of their courses. “Go to your office hours and make your professor know you, show who you are and and show them you care about your work,” she explained. Cowen and McCann shared a similar message of making a good impression on your professor and peers.


Another prevalent topic at the assembly was the value of friendship while in college. While some students discussed the difficulties of forming bonds while commuting, others were overjoyed with their experience. “Basically every nights a sleepover,” said Massoud enthusiastically.

Students in the audience cheerfully interacted with the speakers, flooding them with questions and applause before the conclusion of the ceremony. 

"The students gave solid information and tried to be funny to lighten the mood. I thought it was interesting," said senior Tyler Anderson.

The experience will certainly stay with them as they begin the process of college visits and making major decisions about their futures.