Sleepy Hollow High School sophomores and juniors walked through the gymnasium on April 3, filled with anticipation and some with trepidation as they learned more about possible careers and colleges.
The college admissions process can be overwhelming at times, but the District’s College and Career Day provided needed answers and assurances.
“I feel like this gives us many opportunities to see colleges they we haven’t heard of before and also to see those that we are interested in,” said junior Matthew Silver.
The students found speaking with admissions counselors in person to be helpful. Junior Jordan Lis said, “Even if you don’t want to go to that school, it gives you an idea of the college process.”
In addition to the more than 60 private and state colleges, representatives from trade organizations and individual careers attended the event for the first time. The men and women work as plumbers, electricians, make-up artists, healthcare technicians, in banks, and some even own their businesses.
The Kids Club of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown worked with the Guidance Department to organize the event. “There is a lot of pressure, especially in Westchester, to attend a four-year college,” said Kids Club volunteer Marie Guarnierei. “For some students, maybe it is not the right path immediately after graduation.”
“It is never too early to start this conversation,” said Dr. Gail Duffy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “All our students have a path and to be offered the opportunity to visualize the path they can follow, is a wonderful opportunity.”