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Class of 2018 Alumni Share Advice with College-Bound Seniors

Learn how to do you laundry. Develop good relationships with your professors. Appreciate what you have here at Out-of-Door! These are just some of the nuggets of advice members of the Class of 2018 had for the senior class when they returned to campus in December to meet with seniors in their Issues in Contemporary Society classes.
Fresh off of exams, sixteen college freshmen, coming from small, medium and large colleges and universities across the US, participated in a panel discussion. They came prepared to share as much as they could with their former classmates who are beginning to think about their future beyond Out-of-Door. The advice from the panel ran the spectrum from practical tips to awareness of the big picture. While they discussed meal plans, roommates, and shared bathrooms, they also delved deeply into finding a balance between having fun and working hard. As Josh Samuel said, “Remember why you are there. You are there to get a good education.”
 
Many of the alums credit Out-of-Door with their comfort in communicating with their professors. These young people took advantage of office hours and developed relationships with professors right from the beginning. They also assured the seniors that they were well prepared for the rigors of college. “If you worked at Out-of-Door, you will be fine in college,” shared Haley Carney. Delaney Dowdell added that, “You are going to get as much out of college as you put into to it, so do what you do here and get involved.”
 
We thank the following graduates for sharing their time and insights:
Imani Barnette - Barry University
Brianna Carney - Savannah College of Art and Design
Haley Carney - Savannah College of Art and Design
Phillip Cecil - Stetson University
Taber Chadwick - University of Miami
Cole Chalhub - Georgia Tech
Hunter Chalhub - University of Richmond
Ashley DeBartolo - University of Miami
Delaney Dowdell - Northeastern University
Chris Eckart - Georgia Tech
Abby Lagasse - University of Alabama
Gus Mahler - Hamilton College
Lexi Murphy - Samford University
Josh Samuel - University of Connecticut
Brett Szalbirak - University of South Florida
Zach Wells - Florida Gulf Coast University
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