As college graduation kicks into high gear, this caught my eye:
Davidson College graduate Malia Wong — a Staples Class of 2007 alum — has earned a Fulbright grant. She heads to Sir Lanka soon, as an English teaching assistant.
She’s following up on a junior semester in India, during which she taught English to her host sisters. A psychology major and economics minor, Malia lived in southernmost Tamil Nadu, where virtually no one spoke English.
That experience inspired her to apply for a Fulbright — and her familiarity with the Tamil language gave her an edge.
In Sri Lanka Malia will gain valuable global experience, before beginning her professional life. She hopes for a career in international marketing.
Next month — 4 years after Malia graduated from Staples — another class gathers in the fieldhouse. They’ll receive high school diplomas, hear platitudes about heading into the “real world,” then march off to college, work or the military — having no clue what lies ahead.
Four years from now, they may be closer to figuring out their lives. Malia sure seems to.
So “06880” wonders: What’s happened to the Staples Class of 2007? As many graduate from college, what are their plans? Did high school help prepare them for the next step? Did they reach their goals, or meet their expectations? What challenges did they face?
And — the $64,000 (okay, $200,000) question: What’s next?
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