SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Union Catholic hosted an informative and enlightening Alumni College Panel for the Class of 2020 on Friday morning in the school's auditorium, which featured eight Union Catholic graduates.

Paul Armento, a rising junior at New Jersey Institute of Technology and a 2017 graduate of UC, emceed the event. He was joined by panelists and UC graduates Colleen Falconer (Clark University), Cameron Guanlao (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Jillian Hamilton (Caldwell University), Kim Miller (Rutgers-Camden), Samara Perez (Thomas Jefferson University), Sofia Rama (Loyola University), and Bianca Stephens (Montclair State University).

The panelists offered great advice for the Class of 2020, including how to prepare for college, how to choose the school that's best for you, the application process, the transition to college, the importance of time management, and offered great advice on what to expect when you become a college student.

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Armento was thrilled to be back at his alma mater and share his experiences.

"It's very nice to be back here at Union Catholic,'' said Armento, who also served as emcee at this event last year.  "It's great to come back here and see Union Catholic continuing to thrive in the spiritual and virtual world. It's a pleasure to be able to share my experiences with the students here and hopefully help them prepare for what they can expect in college. I think this panel is very helpful. They are young and have lots of questions and they are still unsure about things, so I hope all our different perspectives were able to help everyone.''

Jen Dixon, UC's Director of School Counseling, said it's important for juniors to learn as much as possible about the college search process and what college life is like.

"As in years past, we were so fortunate to have alumni return to speak about their experiences both here at Union Catholic and the transition to college,’’ said Mrs. Dixon. “Each panel brings it's own unique experiences and wisdom to share. Our juniors had the opportunity to ask questions they have about the transition to college, and the college search and selection process. My favorite question from the audience, which always seems to be asked, unprompted, is "Did Union Catholic prepare you for college?" Although each student had their own journey I enjoy hearing how each student feels UC prepared them for their next steps."