Today’s guest blogger is Jonathan Pomboza. Jonathan serves on the tenth grade Microsoft team at Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens. On Thursday, January 12, the Microsoft Teams at Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens hosted the first ever Newtown High School Alumni Panel. This event was the grand finale to Newtown High School’s College Week, which consisted of four days of college related workshops. City Year corps members developed and ran workshops that were tailored to each of the specific grade levels. On Monday, 50 freshmen students signed in to attend alternating workshops that covered the topics of Student Voice, Organization, and How to Beat Procrastination. The following day, 21 sophomores signed in for workshops on the SAT/ACT, the College Search Process, and Involvement in High School. On Wednesday, 31 Juniors attended two workshops on the College Essay and College Visits.
The Newtown High School Alumni panel consisted of over 15 recent Newtown High School graduates. After introductions, three questions were directed at the panel before opening it up to questions from the audience. Students asked questions ranging from college social life, paying for college, moving away for college, and general advice for new students. For many students this was the first time they were exposed to this much information about college. The goals of the week were to have participants conclude the week with more knowledge about what the college experience is like and how to prepare for it.