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UC hosted an Alumni Panel Discussion to help the Class of 2020 prepare for college

Union Catholic hosted an Alumni College Panel for the Class of 2020 on Friday morning in the school’s auditorium, which featured seven recent Union Catholic graduates.

Paul Armento, a junior at New Jersey Institute of Technology and a 2017 graduate of UC, did a great job as the emcee of the event. He was joined by panelists and UC graduates Cameren Dawkins (Marymount University), Thomas Jaworski (Monmouth University), James McElroy (The College of New Jersey), Rose Petrick (York College of Pennsylvania), Katherine Sheldon (St. John’s University), and Clayton Lee (Cornell University).

The panelists offered great advice for the Class of 2020, including how to prepare for college and what to expect as a college student.

Armento was thrilled to contribute to this great event and to give back to his alma mater.

“I love coming home to UC. It’s a pleasure to be able to share my experiences with the students and help them prepare for what they can expect in college. I think this is very helpful because they have a lot of questions and are still unsure about things, so I hope all of our different perspectives helped them to gain clarity.”

Mrs. Jennifer Dixon, UC’s Director of School Counseling, said it’s important for juniors to learn as much as possible about the college search process and what college life is like.

“As in years past, we were so fortunate to have alumni come back to speak about their experiences both here at Union Catholic and during the transition to college,’’ said Mrs. Dixon. “Our students had the chance to ask questions about the transition to college and learn about ways to improve the search process, and that really is the goal. Students were able to benefit from the experiences of those who have gone before them, and this makes the advice more real and applicable.’’

Ms. Nancy Foulks, UC’s Director of Alumni Relations, said it’s always great to see alumni giving back and staying connected to their alma mater.

“I love the fact that they are credible and relevant and timely,’’ said Ms. Foulks. “I also like that we aren’t letting them get away from UC for a long period of time. This panel allows our past students the opportunity to come back and gives us another chance to connect with them.''

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