On January 12 we received a special visit from Robinson alumni who led a panel discussion. This event was coordinated by our College Counselor, Beatriz Guzmán, and the objective was to have our alumni share their stories and how Robinson made a difference in their lives. We had the pleasure of receiving Jorge Quintana (Class of 2000), Valeria Rivera (Class of 2008), Katerina Sánchez (Class of 2008), Laura Fernández (Class of 2012), Mario Font (Class of 2013), Sebastián Alegría (Class of 2013), Julián Garnik (Class of 2013), Samuel Klau (Class of 2013), and Gabriela Lomba (Class of 2014).
Each one gave a brief account of were they are now, personally, academically and professionally. All of them described their experiences applying to college and the transition from high school to college. All our speakers emphasized how Robinson made the difference and smoothed the transition to this new chapter of their lives. We are proud of their success and the role Robinson continues to play in achieving their goals.
They presented valuable advice to the students, parents and teachers who attended. Below we offer some pearls of wisdom that everyone can apply. Thanks for your enduring participation with Robinson, Alumni. Remember, keep coming back! You always have a home here!
“Robinson really opened my eyes and gave me a new perspective. I was planning on staying here in Puerto Rico and, with the help of the college counselor, I made the decision to go to Curry College. This just opened so many opportunities.”
“Here at Robinson, you definitely have a choice. Robinson gives you options. You can find the perfect fit for yourself.”
“Robinson is different. Here, you socialize with different people. Friendships transcend grade levels.”
– Sebastián Alegría
“All the extracurricular activities really helped me branch out and create another community in college and in the professional world. That’s what Robinson offers you.”
“Make a schedule and be up to date. Do your research. Map everything out and always follow that schedule.”
– Julián Garnik
“Always remember, this is a one in a lifetime experience. Make some time for yourself. Always keep a balance.”
“Take your time to make the decision to which college you are going to. This is your first adult decision.”
“When making the decision, think of your financial future. I was accepted to the American University in the program I wanted, but then I realized I would have to pay $50,000 a year for a Bachelor’s Degree. I decided to try the University of Puerto Rico. I visited, sat in classrooms, heard courses, felt the environment and I just completely loved it. The best part is, that I’m getting the same quality in education.”
– Mario Font
“Life is like a game, you have to know the rules and play to win.”