September 02, 2015 17:59 Age: 2 yrs

An Alumna Reflects: Why I’m a Proud AF Graduate and a Prouder College Student, Part II

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Kiera is a sophomore at Brooklyn College and a Class of 2014 AF Brooklyn High graduate. This summer, she returned to AF to intern with the network support operations team and offered her thoughts on how her time at AF has shaped her college experience. This is the second of two posts from Kiera. Click here to read Part I.

When I think back on my time as an AF student, my favorite memory is my outing with my advisory group. Our advisor was Ms. Harris, who was our ninth-grade composition teacher. This particular outing took place at her home, and we played music, ordered a lot of food and reminisced about our time at AF Brooklyn High because in the next coming months we were all graduating. It was rare for us to see our advisor and former teacher outside of the classroom, and we loved it. Even though I graduated, we still make plans as an advisory to spend time together, and she checks in whenever she can asking about our lives first and school second.

As an alumna of AF Brooklyn High, I have not only Ms. Harris’s support, but also the support of my alumni counselor, Mr. Lee. Already, he has answered my questions and pointed me in the right direction as I’m beginning my sophomore year. He also works with me to identify short- and long-term goals for the year, and he is a resource for any questions, ranging from financial issues to the classes and number of credits I’m taking each semester. College can be scary, but I have my alumni counselor to help with both the emotions and the logistics. The alumni program also helps me with the purchase of books every semester, which is great for me and my fellow AF graduates.  

If I could give any advice to current AF Brooklyn High students, it would be to take advantage of the many opportunities that AF has to offer. That includes the internships, the pre-college programs, and all the extracurricular activities. These programs allow students to explore our interests, which helps us prepare for our college decisions. And it doesn’t end with graduation—I’m proud to be an AF alumna, and I know I have AF’s support through college and beyond. 

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