“What is the MCAT? Is it okay to change your mind about your concentration? How do you manage your time?” These were just some of the questions that came up in our latest alumni panel hosted by Claudia Schiavo (Class of 2014), current NYU anthropology student and on her way to medical school and Antonio Gil de Rubio (Class of 2016), current UPR student who just returned from a Brown University transfer.
Each semester, a group of Robinson alumni returns to share their life experiences with our Secondary School students. As San Juan’s premier International Baccalaureate School, Robinson believes that peer-to-peer learning is a powerful way for students to connect and learn more effectively from each other. Our alumni serve as both example and resource for our current students who will soon be following in their footsteps – applying to colleges and contemplating their life after Robinson. This event provides just such an opportunity. The willingness of younger alumni to come back and share their stories with our current community is a testament to their character, leadership, and the spirit of giving back learned during their years at Robinson School.
Claudia shared that the best thing Robinson offered her was her teachers. She believes they worked as her mentors and helped guide her towards her dreams while teaching her valuable life skills like how to prioritize and balance her life. Antonio, on the other hand, values the extracurricular activities the most. He believes the rich activities and organizations at Robinson will keep students motivated to enroll in different organizations in their college life.
Students and teachers were eager to ask alumni about their experiences and what they’d been up to after graduation. Time management, organizational skills, internship opportunities, job offers and the new challenges they face as adults were just some of the topics that came up during the discussion. Alums expressed their deep gratitude for the education they received at Robinson, considered by many the best school in Puerto Rico – a 115-year institution that offers students a 21st-century education that develops the critical skills needed to succeed in today’s global society.
Robinson School is among the top English-language college preparatory schools in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean; our alumni reflect that. Persistence and resilience are traits reinforced at Robinson School. These students represent how character and a spirit of service, as well as academics, are the most powerful means to future success. Thank you for sharing your stories – the challenges and the triumphs – with current students. Your knowledge and experience are valuable resources that will help prepare them for what’s ahead. Special thanks to our College Counselor, Beatriz Guzmán, for coordinating this event.