Recently the AR team spent three days on the road driving through western upstate New York for our semesterly college tour. In all we were able to visit, support, and feed 14 DPCHS and BPHS freshmen spread across eight schools: Samantha Fuentes, Hamwattie Heeraman, and Aniah Selby at Syracuse University; Skye Morgan at Hobart & William Smith College; Jessena Maxwell at the University of Rochester; Deandre Lancaster, Nicole Davis, Jejchelle Dickenson, and Cecil Frazier at the College at Brockport; Bakary Diallo at Daemen College; Ardaya Jones at the University at Buffalo; Jordan Clarke and Yassa Tounkara at Alfred University; and James Loving Thomas at Alfred State College. Aside from Syracuse we had never visited any of the other schools on a previous trip. All of our wonderful alums seem to be doing very well and enjoying their new life and experiences on campus. They’re making friends and becoming involved in their college’s culture, with some already active in dance clubs and organizations!
Most importantly most of our alumni feel academically prepared for college, attributing this preparedness to the academic rigor at DP. They especially feel prepared for writing papers, working on projects, and presenting in front of class (S/O to Change the World
). We also heard a whole range of majors of interest. Of course, given they are freshmen, this will probably change (maybe more than once). But it was intriguing to hear about their current interests and aspirations: criminal justice, meteorology, journalism, nursing, computer engineering, pre-med, international business, and psychology.