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Advice from the Alumni Panel


Every spring, Gillen Brewer alumni address current students, parents, and alumni parents during the annual Alumni Panel. They share their own experiences and answer questions from students and parents, on topics such as making friends, sports, clubs, and managing first-day anxiety. Each panelist is also asked to give a piece of advice to moving-on students, and here are some of their pearls of wisdom:

  • Choose friends that you think are good people and good influences.
  • Be yourself.
  • Be independent.
  • Do not be scared of the unknown.
  • Make your own choices.
  • Be friendly. Go up to someone and say hi, even if you're shy.
  • Be yourself and don't worry about what other people think.
  • Be calm.
  • If you make a mistake or get angry, let it go as much as you can. 
  • It’s hard speaking when you meet new people, but don’t let that discourage you because there are a lot of people to help you.
  • Have confidence in yourself
  • Listen in your classes and do your homework and behave— don’t follow kids who are not behaving
  • Be yourself and have faith in yourself
  • Try to follow the rules and do well in school
  • Give it a chance!
  • Don’t be mean.
  • Say "hey, what's your name?" and talk to people to make new friends
  • Use humor
  • Be yourself and you’ll be fine