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Emily Bogdan '19Q&A with Pre-College Grad Emily Bogdan ’19 

Emily Bogdan ’19 is in her first year at Skidmore. A likely psychology major, she would love to work in the field of criminal psychology, either doing research or specializing in criminal profiling. 

Pre-College Courses…

Psychology 101 and Love: Motives and Motifs

Favorite part of Pre-College?

Getting a taste of what college is like and being able to meet people from all over the country who I otherwise never would have met. I am still in touch with my closest friends from Pre-College and we still reminisce about the great times we had together. Interestingly, I became friends with people with whom I would never have expected to be friends. 

Did Pre-College help you academically?

Learning how to manage my time and my newfound freedom. I had a lot more freedom than I was used to, which seems like it would be a good thing. But it actually made it harder to choose when to do my work and when to have fun with my friends. It was the first time that I didn’t have others advising me.

Since I had to learn how to manage my time, I became a lot better at not procrastinating. My last year of high school was my best year in terms of my academic performance, and I think that had a lot to do with being exposed to college-level work. 

Did Pre-College influence your college search?

Pre-College is the main reason I chose to attend Skidmore. I had such an amazing time in the program that I was pretty much set on wanting to go here, and I ended up successfully applying Early Decision. Being able to experience Skidmore fulltime for five weeks really helped me know what it would be like to be here for four years. 

Did Pre-College help your transition to college?

Pre-College helped make my transition to college very easy. I knew my way around the campus, what it was like to live in a dorm with a roommate, and what college courses are like. But Pre-College wasn’t exactly the same as being a real college student, so there were still adjustments.

Would you recommend the Pre-College Program to others?

I definitely recommend the program to high school students. It was one of the best times of my life. Saratoga Springs is a great place to spend the summer. There are always things happening in town and the weather is beautiful. Also, we learned a ton in five short weeks, not only in classes but about ourselves and about life after high school. Lastly, Pre-College is a great way to make lifelong friends.