Young Alum Share their Stories About Life in College

Graduates from the Classes of 2012-2016 returned to campus to share with current SRDS students what life at college is REALLY like.

Johnny Kluger Class of 2016 MC'd our third annual young alum "Surviving and Thriving in College" panel discussion before an assembly of Middle and Upper School students.

Questions ranged from "What is it like to do laundry in college?" to "What advice can you give about time management?" and "Do you think you've changed as a person since you began college?" Members of the panel "agreed" or "disagreed" with answers based upon their own experiences.

One of the best answers of the day came from Ross Rabin '16 when he talked about how to take advantage of "office hours" from his college professors. He said, "I've utilized office hours not just to improve my grade, but to find out what I need to learn and know. The measure of success is not necessarily what you get on a report card but how much you've learned and grown in the process." Ross began his studies at Babson this past Fall.

Athan Katsantonis '16 spoke to how his experience at SRDS had a direct impact on his success so far at Syracuse. "I came to Saddle River Day as a Junior from a big high school where no one really knew who I was. I knew right from the start that this school would make a difference for me and it did. Here I was able to be involved in everything and explore my passion for sports, especially basketball. Teachers at SRDS gave me the personal attention to really reach my own potential. At Syracuse, even though it is big, I can be confident in myself and my abilities. I'm one of the student managers for the Syracuse mens basketball team and I don't know if I would have had the confidence to do something like that without my two years at SRDS. I'm very grateful." Athan is going to focus on a career related to the sports industry.

We take great pride in watching our young alumni grow academically and personally as they embark on the next chapter of their lives and look forward to seeing our students next year again for this wonderful annual event.

Enjoy these images from the days events.
Young Alum Event 2017

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