When it comes time to make the decision about the college they want to attend, the success and fulfillment of our alums attests to the philosophy that college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won. With a wide range of schools to select from, BC alums have the option to pick the one that fits them best, from large universities to small liberal arts colleges, from the East Coast to the West Coast and even abroad.
Every month, we’ll be catching up with a recent alum still in college to learn more about their college experience, how they have dealt with disruptions during COVID-19, and how their time at Berkeley Carroll prepared them for their life Beyond BC!
Alex Inciardi ‘17, Kenyon College, Studying Sociology and Studio Art
What year are you in college?
I’m currently a senior.
What were the most important factors for you when choosing where to go to college?
I chose Kenyon because I knew it would be important to me to be a part of a tight-knit community, and to have strong relationships with my professors. I knew this was something that I wanted because of my experience at Berkeley Carroll — I wanted to continue to have communicative relationships with my teachers and to continue to grow from listening and learning from others. In addition, my sister Anastasia, BC class of 2015, also went to Kenyon — so I had a feel for what Kenyon was like before I was a student myself. I was thoroughly impressed by the classes she was taking, and I loved the fact that Kenyon was in a small rural town. I knew Kenyon was something I wanted to be a part of the moment I stepped onto its campus!
How do you think BC prepared you for your college experience?
Berkeley Carroll taught me how to be a hard worker and how to be a good listener. During my first year at Kenyon, I felt confident about knowing how to ask the right questions, and how to cultivate strong relationships. I also particularly felt prepared for the amount of writing and reading that took place freshman year, and beyond, and I absolutely give BC credit for that.
Are you still pursuing passions you discovered at BC, and have you discovered any new ones?
While at BC, I was very interested in dark room photography, and I was a competitive student athlete on the soccer team. I have continued dark room photography while at Kenyon as I am a minor in studio art, but I did not continue playing soccer on a varsity level. Something that I started doing my freshman year at Kenyon was a cappella — I am currently the president of Kenyon’s all-women a cappella group, the “Owl Creeks,” and I am also in a student band on campus called “Day Moon” as the singer and guitar player.
This has been a particularly challenging year, and probably a lot different than you expected. Have there been moments that you look back on that have made you more resilient?
During COVID, I took time off from school and chose to work as a Teaching Associate at Berkeley Carroll — this opportunity allowed me to work with both the Middle and Upper school, and gave me hands on experience by giving me insight behind the scenes of what happens at a school like Berkeley Carroll. I have known for a while that I want to become a teacher someday, and my experience as a TA at Berkeley Carroll did nothing but strengthen my desire to teach.
What advice would you give a current BC student as they are thinking about college?
Think about the qualities they like most about BC, and to look for that in the colleges or universities they are looking at. For me, I appreciated and found comfort in having a small tight knit community at BC, and therefore knew I wanted that in college.
Did anyone or anything at BC have a particularly profound impact on you?
All four years of high school, I played on the Girls Varsity Soccer team as the goal keeper — and my coach, Jason Dorn, was the person I looked up to the most. Although I never had Mr. Dorn as a teacher in Middle School, I felt lucky to get to know him and to connect with him through being a part of the soccer team. It is because of Mr. Dorn that I know I want to be a teacher and a coach after I graduate.
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