Ready, Study, Let’s Go!


Student panel profiles adorn the bulletin boards of THS in preparation for the Superintendent’s College and Career Readiness Forum.

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Staff Writer

As scheduled, the Superintendent’s College and Career Readiness Forum occurred Wednesday night, January 6th. On stage was a panel of four THS alumni as well as four current students, making a total of eight helpful and educated minds. The eight were eager to answer whatever question the audience or teacher/Mock Trial leader Mr. Eric August, threw at them.  

In addition to the panel were yet another set of four impressive speakers. These everyday men shared their tips for a successful life after high school. Not only did Superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi offer a few wise words, but we had the privilege of listening to Mr. Don Gibson, Dean and Professor of Management at the Dolan School of Business, as well as Mr. Tom Tesoro, the vice president of Human Resources at Standard Motor Products.

The one thing that was emphasized throughout the forum was that you need to put yourself out there and get involved…but not too involved. In a previous interview, Dr. Cialfi commented, “Trumbull High School has a tremendous advantage over, I think, most public schools because there are so many opportunities for students to be able to actively engage in their area of interest.” However, Fred Tamarkin, a graduate of THS, reads through college applications all the time. He said an application could have a list of “24 activities”, but if there is no special skill that sets the applicant from the rest, they are simply like everyone else applying for a spot in that school.

During his speech, Mr. Tesoro asked the audience, “How long do you think my secretary looks at an application?” The answers ranged from three seconds to five minutes. Well I can assure you, I was definitely surprised when three seconds was indeed the answer. He felt just as Mr. Tamarkin did: if you do not have that quality or skill about you that is going to make you stick out, then frankly colleges and businesses don’t need you.

Again, THS has a “tremendous advantage” according to Dr. Cialfi for students to be involved and learn more about what their passions are. With our dozens upon dozens of clubs, there are so many areas of interest to be explored. All of the speakers touched upon the notion that you don’t know where you are going in to be ten to thirty years. Mr. Gibson also added that this is why colleges want “adaptable students…willing to learn” new, necessary skills.

These skills are represented through something he called “the power of and”. Colleges want a student who has both STEM area skills, (science, technology, engineering and math) and “soft skills” like communication with others and the ability to form relationships.

According to Mr. Tesoro, the three most important skills to make a good impression are as follows: 1. Problem solving 2. Good communication skills 3. Working well in team. He says, “Whatever path you choose, those skills are the ones you are going to need.”

Overall, the forum offered real insight on what real colleges and real careers look for in an applicant. It also showed how any student can start off not having a clue what they want to do or what path they want to take, and can end up attending his/her dream college, or perhaps working in the family business if college just isn’t your thing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hit Counter provided by Los Angeles SEO