Tiger spirit was at an all-time high at Westridge Homecoming 2020, with the return of our most recent graduates, the Class of 2019, to campus for “College Conversations.” This event (organized by our alumnae and college counseling offices) is a beloved annual gathering of current Westridge seniors and recent alumnae, where alums share insights about their college process. With a semester of college under their belts, these alumnae provided the encouragement and perspective that comes from having a little distance from the process they also experienced.
“Many of the Class of 2020 have already been accepted to the same colleges and universities as the returning graduates,” said Director of College Counseling Lynn O’Grady. “So they really welcomed the words of wisdom their alumnae ‘sisters’ had to share. We also had a record number of college freshmen return this year, which was fabulous. I think it’s a testament to the bonds they form here at Westridge that they continue to come back.”
The theme of the panels this year was "Now What?", tackling the idea of what to do once you’re in and committed, deferred, making a choice between acceptances, or waitlisted at colleges. Panelists described the nerves they experienced during the application process, and how they supported one another during the often-emotional journey that led to their commitment decision.
“The moral of my story is the college process is unpredictable, but just because a plan goes askew doesn’t mean you won’t end up at the place you need to be,” said Haley Pak ’19, who attends Washington University in St. Louis.
“I think the best way to be there for your friends during this time is to just ask them how they want you to support them,” said Amy Stapenhorst ’19 (pictured above right), who attends Boston University. “Be empathetic because you never know what someone else is going through.”
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