To celebrate alumni who are graduating from college in the class of 2017, we asked 17 of those who inspire us to give advice to their fellow alums.
By Rebecca Lee, Townsend Harris High School ’13
“Coming into college, I wish I had known about the tremendous amount of balance required between classes, family, friends, and other commitments. I quickly learned the importance of slowing down and making time for myself to keep from feeling overwhelmed. That was one of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome in freshman year.
Don’t rush anything, especially finding your passion. You’re going to find it in the most unexpected place and here’s a hint: you won’t find it in the classroom. Be brave. Venture out and pursue the opportunities that will teach you more about yourself.
After learning to slow down, I gathered the confidence and energy to pursue volunteer opportunities as well as internships outside of my classes, all while making sure to dedicate time to myself at the end of every day. Self-care and dedication to a hobby were key in finding myself and my passions throughout college, both at home and while abroad when I studied in South Africa.”
Rebecca is graduating from Macaulay Honors College at Queens College with a degree in sociology. She has mentored and volunteered with students since her Freshman year through Let’s Get Ready, where she tutored low-income students and helped them prepare for college. This fall, she will begin the Master of Arts program in Urban Affairs at Queens College. She hopes to attain the skills to work in the nonprofit sector either directly with high school students and families, or in a leadership position.