Saturday, December 22, 2007

Recent Grad Is Guest Speaker

Sigonella '07 graduate Kay Almonte shared her experiences as a college freshman with all AVID high school classes before the holiday break.

Kay is attending the University of Washington in Seattle on a Navy ROTC scholarship while pursuing a major in physiology. She hopes to someday become a physician's assistant. UW was Kay's "dream school" ever since she was young girl, and she worked hard throughout high school to graduate with honors and earn her scholarship, which is very competitive. She described her adjustment to college life including living in a dorm, the demands of ROTC and college-level classes, and even homesickness. She did say that her college life was atypical because of the many demands of ROTC.

Kay talked to students about declaring a major, prerequisites, general ed requirements, and time and money management. Kay's advice to the students was to begin early for the transition, especially when looking for scholarships. She also told them not to bring a car to college unless it was absolutely necessary because of the cost of keeping one there.

Kay answered students' questions that ranged from the cost of books to what she does on the weekends. It was a very informative and interesting presentation which was greatly appreciated by AVID!

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