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NAC Alumni Return to Share Their College Knowledge with Current NAC Scholars at 4th Annual Alumni Panel & Potluck
On December 22, 2014, nearly 150 students started their holiday break by attending the NAC’s 4th Annual Alumni Panel & Potluck at Valley High School in Santa Ana. For the fourth consecutive year, alumni returned to address several college-related topics, including adjusting to culture shock, earning and saving money, coping with home sickness, and learning to balance academics with campus involvement and time with friends. One of the panel’s best features rests in the direct access it offered current NAC Scholars to the firsthand experiences of alumni who have found a way to successfully transition from Santa Ana to top-ranked schools across the United States. Another bonus, of course, was that after the panel, students enjoyed a “potluck,” this year catered by a professional taquero. The potluck portion of the event also allowed alumni to catch up with one another while sharing a good meal and participating in friendly (and sometimes ultra-competitive) games, like Musical Chairs.
 
This year’s panelists included a wide range of NAC Scholars, including Class of 2013 NAC Scholar Erika Simon (at Santa Ana College), Class of 2010 NAC Scholar Daniel Arambula (at CSU Fullerton), Class of 2011 NAC Scholar Jose Tizol (at CSU Fullerton), Class of 2012 NAC Scholar Mark Piñon (at UC Davis), Class of 2011 NAC Scholar Ana Rodriguez (at Georgetown University), and Class of 2013 NAC Scholar Erin Davis (at Birmingham-Southern College). Having attended colleges from the local state system to private colleges across the nation, panelists had enough experience to answer most of the current students’ questions with authority.
 
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