Every year Lincoln sends hundreds of seniors off to their respective colleges all across the country.
A few schools such as University of Oregon, Portland State University and Oregon State University consistently remain popular choices due to their proximity to home and relatively low tuition. Other students choose to move farther away from home and suffer the higher tuition. Surprisingly, one school that stood out as a popular choice is Haverford College, a small liberal arts college across the country in Philadelphia.
Despite the distance, as well as some of the highest tuition in the country, three Lincoln alumni graduated from Haverford earlier this month.
The three, Laura Eckstein, Rebecca Lewinsohn and Andrew Dalke, spent four years studying and completing rigorous coursework to reach this pivotal moment in their lives. They have some crucial advice to share with Lincoln seniors.
“It is stressful transitioning to college,” says Rebecca Lewinsohn, “but you have to be confident that you are prepared.” It is also important to enjoy everything you can your first year in college, she adds.
Laura Eckstein on the other hand stresses the importance of being proactive and involved.
“Take advantage of all the resources that colleges offer. It is a privilege to even go to college, so you should try to take advantage of everything you can. That means you’re asking questions and your being engaged.”
Both women agree that aspects of Lincoln prepared them well for college.
“Specifically, IB classes start to build problem-solving and deductive skills that you need for college courses. I do think, no matter what, it is always a transition into college just because the nature of work changes, and you have less smaller assignments and more larger assignments,” Lewinsohn says.
Eckstein credits the Lincoln Constitution Team and the class, History of Americas, with providing challenging and college-type experiences.
They offer some good advice as seniors leave, but also good advice for underclassmen.