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Spring Senior Seminar Prepares Seniors for Life on College Campuses

The Upper School's senior seminars give seniors the opportunity to listen and learn about topics and issues they may face as they transition into life on a college campus.  

"Our seniors are getting ready to head off into a new environment. It is a fascinating time for them," said Upper School English teacher Dr. Erin Shaull. "These seminars allow them the time and information to start planning and thinking about what the next year will bring." 

Each January, recent Country Day alumni return to campus for the first senior seminar, to offer wisdom on topics focusing on college and recent post-graduate experience.  

In the spring, the second senior seminar includes sessions hosted by professionals who offer insight to prepare students for college life. This year, Country Day welcomed five people to present on various topics: 

  • Matt Bauer, Park National Bank - Financial Issues for College Students 

  • Brandon Craig, UC Office of Equal Opportunity, and Access - Be Inclusive: Learning in a Diverse Setting 

  • Dr. Adrienne Lyles, UC Office of Gender Equity, and Inclusion - Getting Ready for What's Next: Equity, Safety, and Your Rights 

  • Sgt. Nicole Roberts and Sgt. Susan Tobergte, Miami Campus Police - Security Issues on a College Campus 

The speakers offered money management tips and safety tips, shared what rights college students have on campus, reminded the students to always have a safety plan in place, and provided general advice on how to navigate living away from home for the first time.  

"It's important for our seniors to hear about these issues while still here at Country Day," continued Shaull. "We want to send them off understanding the resources at their disposal and feeling confident stepping onto their college campus."