CLARK, NJ - If it’s January at Arthur L. Johnson High School, then it’s probably time for recent graduates to come visit the school to talk to upperclassmen. On Friday, January 3rd, Anthony Bogash, Gabriella Cuccaro, Rico Veltre and Victoria Zatko graduates of the Class of 2019 sat on a "College Panel" organized by the Guidance Department. 

Moderated by school counselor, Molly Cussick, the panel answered questions on a variety of topics ranging from college applications to roommates. 

Zatko and Veltre live on campus, while Cuccaro and Bogash decided to commute. 

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Attending La Salle University in Philadelphia, Zatko expressed that she is attending La Salle because it met her most important requirements. “The university has an excellent nursing program, and I received a scholarship to play softball,” said Zatko. 

Asked what they found most challenging in college, the recent grads agreed that time management was of utmost importance. “Make a schedule. Estimate how much time each item will take,” said Bogash, who attends Kean, “procrastination will only make things worse.” Cuccaro, who is attending Union County College, concurred, “It can get pretty rough if you wait until the last minute to get things done.” 

Cussick asked the panel about the application process while they were at students at ALJ. Veltre attends St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He advised students not to get “hung up” on one school and to look at everything about the school, especially its location. “I really wanted to attend Rutgers. When I was not accepted, it was pretty rough,” said Veltre, “but then I found St. Joe’s, and really it was a better fit.” 

Asked how well they felt ALJ prepared them for college, the panelist agreed that they were better prepared than many in their classes. “Props to ALJ,” said Veltre responding to the question. 

“What advice would you give current ALJ students?” asked Cussick. The panel was in full agreement on the final question. “Work hard, take pride in your work,” said Cuccaro, “Always do your best.” 

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