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Briarcliff Alumni Return To Share Career Advice

Several Briarcliff High School graduates returned to give career advice to current students.
Several Briarcliff High School graduates returned to give career advice to current students. Photo Credit: Contributed
Former Briarcliff students returned to their alma mater to offer up post high school advice.
Former Briarcliff students returned to their alma mater to offer up post high school advice. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students listen to Briarcliff Graduates about life beyond the classroom.
Students listen to Briarcliff Graduates about life beyond the classroom. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Briarcliff High School Alumni came back to offer up career advice to current students on Nov. 25.

Graduates, who are pursuing careers in fields ranging from medicine, finance and real estate to dance, graphic design and social work, spoke with current students about life after high school.

During a panel discussion, they offered advice about following one’s dreams, focusing on academics and taking advantage of everything college has to offer.

“It’s great to bring back BHS alumni because the current students can best relate to them,” Meredith Safer, coordinator of counseling, said in a statement. “We wanted students who have had very traditional educational and career discourses, as well as alumni who have taken the road less traveled. This hopefully allowed each current student to relate to at least one panelist, which may inspire them on their current path or lead them down another.”

Following the panel, students broke into groups with the alumni to discuss their post-high school plans and ask questions. Alumna Jenny Rosen, who did part of her undergraduate fieldwork at an all-male maximum security prison, talked about her experience there and how she became interested in social work.

Matt Alfarano, who is pursuing a medical degree, and Barry Herbst, a New York City real estate broker, told students that they have a chance to reinvent themselves in college.

“It helped to get another point of view of college and the system,” senior Graham Goldheim said. “They helped me understand the logistics of what college is like."

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