At Xavier, we recognize the importance of preparing students for life beyond our campus. We take pride in our students and the things they accomplish during their time at Xavier, but our real joy comes when we see students flourish in life after graduation.
The ultimate goal of our college counseling resources and program is to help students find a new place to continue their academic and personal growth. That’s why we love keeping up with our alumni. Being able to cheer on their continued success is so rewarding for our faculty, and we love to watch them rise to new challenges and explore new opportunities both in college and the real world.
Because of our emphasis on providing students with the time and flexibility they need to take charge of their own schedules, we find that many of our students are able to make a seamless transition into the autonomy associated with college life. Additionally, our focus on providing students with an environment that supports their passions outside of the classroom means that many of our students have greater clarity on what they wish to pursue in their next chapter. Whether enrolling in a university program that’s perfect for their goals or managing their time so that they can begin pursuing their professional careers while in school, our approach empowers students to boldly pave their way as adults.
To learn more about alumni success, you can explore a complete list of colleges our students have attended here and read some of our alumni stories below!
Since graduating from Xavier in 2017, and briefly attending University of Colorado Boulder, LeAnna Leal is now a senior at University of Houston studying Elementary Education!
LeAnna shares, "I am set to graduate in December 2021. I am about to start student teaching for the spring and fall semesters with HISD! In regards to extracurricular activities, I joined Phi Mu Sorority on campus! I pledged my first semester at UH as a sophomore and have enjoyed every moment since. I have held multiple leadership positions in my chapter starting with half an executive term as Treasurer and then being elected for a full term as Vice President which is currently coming to an end! Xavier helped me tremendously in my decision to pursue a career in Education. I really do not think I would be where I am today without the skills Xavier taught me in and outside the classroom."
Jordan Elise Guy
This just in (11/11/20)! Xavier Senior (Class of 2021), Jordan Elise Guy, celebrated her Oklahoma State University Soccer Signing today! She was joined by our Director of Schools, David Garner!
Congrats, Jordan! We can't wait to cheer you on next year!
Learn more about how we support students like Jordan with rigorous athletic or extra-curricular pursuits outside of the classroom here.
Former Xavier student and now current faculty member, Cooper Paul, writes: "I was helping one of my high school seniors apply to college today and I offered to send her some of my college application essays in hopes they'd spark some inspiration or at least relieve her writer's block. Reading my old essays made me so emo (especially being a teacher now), so I thought I'd share the essay that made me particularly emo... Beware of the extremely cheesy last paragraph."
John Henrik Clarke, a writer and professor of the 20th century once said, “A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience's attention, then he can teach his lesson.” I carry those thoughts with me every time I step on stage. My feet implore the audience to join my rhythm, my arms invite them into my song - to feel every emotion, lingering or ephemeral - that courses through my veins. To brave the intense, dazzling lights that unmask each smirk or fallen tear from the crowds’ watchful gaze. I share my dance with the world, and with it, I share my very breath; I inhale, and my lungs fill with love and encouragement. That connection with the world - albeit momentary - is not restricted to the stage. That execution, that shared performance, is alive and pulsating everywhere, especially in my classrooms. Only, it is not others exploring my world, but me, who explores a child’s.
As a sophomore in high school, I had the opportunity to tutor an elementary school student who faces learning differences. While this may seem like a daunting task to many, was but a welcome challenge for me. This student and I spent many relentless hours working daily on what - for many - might be considered basic math homework. But for him, was a constant struggle just to concentrate on the task at hand. After many months, one day, he let me explore his world. He looked at me and said, “Cooper, I want to do my homework under the table with the lights off!” So I let him do just as he wanted. He crawled under the table as I turned off the lights. As I handed him his homework, he looked at me as worry filled his eyes and asked, “Aren’t you going to come sit with me?” His seemingly minor question suddenly shed light on a sad and yet wonderful epiphany: a child who never let anyone into his world invited me to experience a place where he felt safe. I used a flashlight so he could see his math homework, but truly, I used the flashlight to watch his every move. It was with every one of his ocular movements, that I realized - sometimes - you need to let a child control their learning experience. Twenty minutes into huddling under the table, a pair of big brown eyes peered into mine, and with a smile the size of the Grand Canyon exclaimed, “I’m done!”
It was through that experience that I created my life mission statement, “Lead by example, lead with courage, lead through love.” Teaching children that there are no limits or boundaries in a learning environment is my unique way of leading by example. With that comes opposing views. It takes great courage to stand up for your views and teach in unconventional ways. The most important part of my mission statement is to lead through love: it’s with my unbounded love for children that I plan to change elementary education, especially in impoverished areas throughout the world. Whether a student lives under the national poverty level or suffers from emotional neglect, my dream is to change their lives. Leading by example, leading with courage, and leading through love is how I, Cooper Paul, will change the world.
2018 Xavier graduate, Rachel, is thriving at University of Texas!
In her time at UT thus far, Rachel has made the Dean's list and University Honors for two consecutive semesters, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA with her 16-hour course load! She's also been accepted into an interdisciplinary certificate program that allows her to further her study of Children and Society across colleges and gain course credit through required research assistantships, internships, and literature reviews.
According to Rachel:
"The first semester or two is a period of adjustment. The curriculum and the atmosphere of college is different. My advantage was three years of time management. Xavier's curriculum is not unlike college. You are given assignments and deadlines. Sometimes the professor will remind you of due dates, but the way you handle work is up to you. What skill sets do you have? Can you manage a schedule? Are you organized? Do you procrastinate? Are you able to ask for help? Are you able to find/search for resources that your college offers? Being ready for college is about having the tools and skills to succeed, not knowing the information going in. Xavier provides you with the environment to learn these skills.”