Our graduates tell us that their
year at Walkabout helped prepare them for the multitude of
challenges they encountered while in college, and beyond.
Ossining High School
Laura is a theater major at Emerson College, in Boston, MA.
Since coming to college, not a day has gone by where I have
not used the skills that I learned at Walkabout. Most importantly,
Walkabout encouraged me to take risks and make the results
into something that I could use. I had many apprehensions
about pursuing theater in college as my major, but Walkabout
taught me the importance of passion and love for what I invest
my time in, and thus I was able to feel confident about taking
that risk. Since making that decision, I have been able to
spend each day (and each dollar) at school in a way that has
given me the desire to work hard and given me the confidence
to pursue other adventurous endeavors in my future.
The English 12/creative writing class at Walkabout helped
me harness a love for writing, and as a freshman, some of
my literary work from my year at Walkabout has been printed
in a prestigious on-campus publication. This has encouraged
me to become involved with literary workshops not only affiliated
with Emerson, but in the Boston area.
"The English 12/creative writing class
at Walkabout helped me harness a love for writing."
Horace Greeley High School
I would never have enjoyed the successes at Vassar without
the grounding from Walkabout. Walkabout contributed towards
my growth in every way imaginable. Everything I do is rooted
in the can-do principle I learned at Walkabout. The program
gave me a firm belief that the world can change if I take
the responsibility to do the changing. That's not something
I could be taught in a classroom--it came, slowly at first
and then all at once, in a moment of insight, over the course
of an intense and emotional year spent learning how to live.
"The program gave me a firm belief that
the world can change if I take the responsibility to do the
Briarcliff High School
Alicia is a Communications/Education major at Juniata College.
I learned assertiveness and how to work with professional
adults during my career internship and community service project,
which has helped me in college. The references from my project
mentors had a positive impact on my college applications.
I felt I was making constant progress. Environmental science
challenged me, especially the science research project. I
had so much to do, I thought the project would never come
together and I remember how hard I worked. I felt great when
my teacher said my class presentation was on a professional
level. I never felt such a drive to get out in the world before.
Walkabout made me think, "Let me out there, I'm ready!"
"Walkabout made me think, 'Let me out
there, I'm ready!'"