On January 10, more than 60 students attended the Annual Biomed Alumni Panel, held in the high school library during two afternoon periods. Thirteen alumni returned to share their personal insights about college and careers with current students.
“Several years ago, a senior-level Biomedical Innovation class and I created the Alumni Panel, and it has become a highly-anticipated yearly event,” said Biomedical Science teacher Jeannine Hall. “It offers current high school students, who may or may not be in the Biomed program, the opportunity to learn firsthand about the transition from high school to college.”
Senior Helen Jacobson attended and said she “found it extremely helpful because one of the alumni attends a school that is at the top of my list, and they were able to give me a broader scope and many details of the school. I trust the information coming from the panelists.”
Hall pointed out that most of the alumni panelists were science majors – but not all. “Interestingly enough, there were several alumni who have not pursued science, but came back to talk about how relevant the skills in Biomed are to the 'real world,' even if it's not in science or healthcare.”
The annual event gives Hen Hud students time to ask questions that run the gambit from housing and transfer credits to microwaves in dorms and the level of rigor of courses.
"I thought the panel was interesting because they helped us understand what Biomed helps you with when you go to college,” said junior Abaigeal Grogan. “When they talked about the workload and labs, it makes you understand about time management and how our Biomed program helps with that, as well."