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Where will you find the class of 2019?
Posted on May 13, 2019
Last week, our 57 seniors gathered to sign the class of 2019 banner and reveal their plans for next year. There was a lot of excitement and cheering, plus a few sweet treats to mark the occasion. After all, these students have been preparing for this moment since they walked through the high school doors freshman year.
This year’s class received 212 acceptances to 113 colleges/programs in the United States and Canada, and was offered more than $7.5 million in scholarships.
Then came the hard part for each student – selecting the school that offered the right personal fit. Riverdale encourages students to look for colleges that meet their academic goals, as well as those that offer the perfect learning environment for them (large vs. small, rural vs. urban, extracurricular activities and financial requirements).
See what factors influenced these students' decisions:
Rachel Cabot – Central Washington University/ Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
I am attending Central Washington University, in conjunction with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. LECOM has a highly coveted 8-year accelerated medical program that allows select high school students to bypass the MCAT and the medical school application process by interviewing in their senior year of high school and attending one of the affiliated undergraduate institutions to take the required pre-requisites and maintain a 3.5 GPA. If all of those requirements are met, the student has a reserved seat in the incoming medical school class at LECOM following their graduation with their bachelor’s degree. I flew to Pennsylvania last month to interview and was lucky enough to receive my letter of acceptance about six days later letting me know that I have a guaranteed seat for the incoming med class at LECOM in 2023. I am very excited for this program. Central Washington U allows me to stay close to home for my first four years and get to really enjoy undergraduate school and all the extracurriculars and freedom it offers before I move to Pennsylvania for medical school.
Olivia Phillips – Berklee College of Music
I chose Berklee College of Music in Boston due to a lifelong passion for music, specifically singing and piano. While there are hundreds of music programs within schools in the U.S., I wanted to be in a setting where music was the focus and priority. In 2017, I spent five weeks of my summer studying at Berklee and performing rock, jazz, blues and world music. Since then, I knew I wanted to focus in on music as a career path. After a very long and hard audition process, I am excited to say I will be attending Berklee as a Vocal and Songwriting major!
Rachel Feiner – Northeastern University
I am so excited to be starting at Northeastern University in Boston this fall! I applied to a large number of schools, but Northeastern ultimately became the best fit for me for a few reasons. Being in a big urban setting was always a priority for me, and wanting to go into medicine, there's no better city than Boston. Additionally, I realized that Northeastern's incredible co-op program would give me access to clinical experience and resume-building opportunities that would be advantageous when applying to medical school, while also allowing me to make money to pay for the impending cost. I chose Northeastern because it's a school where students are heavily encouraged to build real-world experience and career development skills from day one on campus.
Carmen Quintos – Macalester College
Macalester College was the best fit for me for several reasons, some more important than others. I first started considering Mac as a real option when the volleyball coach reached out to me during my junior year. After that, I did my research, and it had everything I wanted including Division 3 volleyball, art/design stuff and outdoor clubs. When I went to the athletic prospect day, I discovered that the Twin Cities reminded me of Portland, which made me love Mac even more. The icing on the cake (pun unintended) was that the school was directly across from a cheese shop AND Nothing Bundt Cakes, home of my favorite cake.
Ben Banks – NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
I chose NYU because it had everything I wanted in a college. It gives me the opportunity to get conservatory-style training inside of a liberal arts college within a research university. Every day I get to be challenged, whether it is in my required acting classes or in a math class I want to take. I am the sort of person that thrives in higher-pressure areas, and NYU definitely seems like it will give me that. It is also in one of the most ideal locations for me, as New York, at least in my opinion, is one of the hubs of the entertainment industry. Having the ability to immerse myself in a city like that was necessary for me, and luckily for me I am going to get that.
Sam Goldberg - Columbia College Chicago
I chose Columbia College Chicago because of its emphasis on hands on experience for students. As a student in the comedy-writing program, I won't be spending much time in a classroom listening to lectures about how to write comedy. I'll be out in Chicago, working with actual professionals in the industry, like screenwriters, standup comics and producers. Additionally, most CCC faculty has a real history in their field, and are able to help students network effectively. As someone who struggles in more traditional academic settings, a school pretty much entirely based around "learn by doing" is the best fit for me.
Aviva Soll – Haverford College
I figured out I wanted a small college within a close distance to a big city. It was important that the college have a close-knit community – I knew even as a sophomore that I wanted to collaborate with my classmates rather than compete. I also knew I wanted a well-rounded liberal arts education, the school had to meet full financial need, and have strong science programs and research opportunities. On top of all that it wasn’t until my tours junior year that I realized how important the involvement of the college in the community was in picking where I’d apply – an institution that not only the college students have access to, but also the surrounding community … [At Haverford,] I sat in on a cell architecture class of four students and was encouraged to join the discussion(!), students joked with me in the halls, and I felt incredibly at home. Haverford is small, but is in a consortium of two other liberal arts colleges and UPenn. Everything is shaped around the Honor Code, from academics to the campus community, the understanding that there is a basic respect and admiration for all students, professors and staff, and their interests … My advice is to look into the small liberal arts education, don’t just assume that it’s only for English and history. Don’t assume you can’t afford a school because the sticker price is not what most families pay, the financial aid package (depending on the school) will be compiled of grants, loans, and possibly work study, not everyone pays full price, and you can negotiate, they won’t take away your acceptance.