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Reflecting Stars: Alumnae remember ARS days

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The Ann Richards alumnae returned Friday, January 8, 2016 to share their college experiences with ARS students and give them advice for their journey on becoming college students. They also spoke about living in the real world to prove to students that there is life beyond middle and high school.

Alumnae reported that the ARS curriculum prepared them for college. The character traits developed were a key factor in pushing them into leadership roles. They created study groups and some alumnae are expected to graduate early because of AP credit they received.

“I have to take almost double the hours that I would usually have to take for one major,” Josie MacLean said. “…Because I had AP credit, I’ll be able to take those hours and still graduate in four years without having to worry about it, so while you’re still here, get all the AP credit you can.”

Many graduates said they missed some aspects of the school, ranging from teachers to how close everyone was to each other. Many of the alumnae felt that the connection between one another weakened because their college schedules became too full.

“I know they say that you’re going to keep up with everyone, but it’s not the same,” Class of ‘13 alumna Casey Garcia said.

The Ann Richards alumnae also discussed how prepared they felt to go to college in terms of academics and independency. Some believed that classes were easier for them because material was introduced to them by ambitious ARS teachers.

“…It was just so surprising to see other people struggling to do something that was so easy,” Ana Gonzalez, Class of ‘13 alumna.

Alia is currently in the class of 2017 and this is her first year as a member of the Polaris Press. Alia loves to play videogames, solve riddles, and to obsess over her TV shows she watches. When not worried about school you can find her reading, listening to music, playing her games and enjoying her time with her family. While she likes to be active, sometimes her days just call for her to lay out on her floor in her bedroom surrounded by her weird colored blue-green walls thinking about random things.Even though she says she would totally survive a zombie apocalypse because of the amount of Walking Dead she watches, she knows deep inside her soul that she really won’t because they are a lot scarier in real life than on TV.

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