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Life at Chapman University – a Dublin High Gael Becomes a Chapman Panther

February 10, 2013

For the latest article in the Life in College Series, spoke with Katelyn Haubert (Dublin High School Class of 2012 and Chapman University freshman) about the transition from high school to college. Ms. Haubert, who ultimately wants to become a teacher, is currently pursuing a double major in Strategic and Corporate Communications, and History, and is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Ms. Haubert also served as the elected Student Representative for Dublin High School on the Dublin Unified School Board for 2010-11 and 2011-12. How did you end up choosing Chapman University and what other schools did you consider?

Katelyn Haubert with Chapman University Mascot

Katelyn Haubert: “I was accepted into all the schools I applied to so it was a difficult decision. I liked the size of Chapman University – not too big and not too small – you don’t feel like you are a number, you feel like you matter. When you walk around you see friends, I can’t go anywhere without running into people I know; yet it’s not so small that I can know everyone – I’m always meeting new people.

“The location, in between Los Angeles and San Diego, appealed to me because I have friends in both cities. The weather is awesome and there is lots to do in the area. When I toured the school I really fell in love with the campus, which is spectacular; the buildings are very well maintained and you feel good being on campus. The staff is very accessible – when I was on a tour the President of Chapman stopped and chatted with us. It is very easy to get to know people at the school. I also had a family friend that went here and they told me the inside scoop on the school.

“Chapman also offered me substantial scholarship money which made a difference. I couldn’t have gone without that financial support.

“Since I’ve been here it’s reinforced that I’ve made the right decision. I love the classes and the social life.” What was the process to secure scholarships at Chapman?

Haubert: “The merit scholarship I received was automatic, $20,000 per year based on my performance at Dublin High School. I also completed a FAFSA application – which everyone should do whether or not you think you are eligible – and I was eligible for an additional financial aid which helped.” How does the student body take advantage of being 10 minutes from Disneyland? Is that a distraction or an advantage?

Haubert: “A lot of my friends have annual passes and I was given a pass for Christmas which I’m excited about. A lot of people go after class and do their homework at Disneyland, which is pretty amazing! A lot of people work at Disneyland – they are in shows like Fantasmic!, are characters or work at the food stands. Having Disneyland close by is an advantage.” What are the key differences between high school and college so far?

Haubert: “It’s interesting how on the first day your professors lay out the entire class for you – you know all the assignments, all the tests, everything, whereas in high school you find out as you go. I like knowing everything in advance.

“Another thing that was different for me is buying all of your own books and Scantron for tests, everything is on you.

“But the biggest difference is that it’s all on you to live healthy, eat good food, exercise – no one is keeping tabs on you. Time management is all up to you. It’s about being independent and grown up.

“It’s possible to balance working, school and a social life so students that are worried about having a job while in college, it’s doable. I work at the campus gift shop and bookstore – you have more control over your schedule in college than in high school.

“The best thing is the freedom. The freedom to do what you want, to choose classes that you are interested in, the professors that you want to learn from, not just what you have to take.” How well did Dublin High School prepare you for Chapman University?

Katelyn Haubert with Dublin High School Class of 2012 graduates and teacher Ron Rubio

Haubert: “Dublin High’s AP classes ran at a similar pace to college, the way you have to read on your own, and decide on your own what is important. Unit exams are like AP exams – you have one part that is multiple choice and one part that is an essay – so I’m glad I had that experience while in high school. I feel like Dublin High did a really good job getting me comfortable writing research papers, group presentations, public speaking and leadership. I was in leadership throughout high school and by being on different committees you learn how to organize events. Leadership is important at Chapman so it was terrific to have had leadership opportunities while in high school.

“My performance on the AP Lang. exam in my junior year fulfilled my English requirement, AP Microeconomics satisfied a social science requirement and AP US History fulfilled a history requirement – so AP classes really helped. Taking AP classes and doing well on the AP exams meant that I can satisfy my GE classes earlier and focus on the classes that count towards my majors. At Chapman it’s easy to graduate early if you want to, or take additional classes that you’re interested in so you can graduate in the spring with everyone else.” While at Dublin High School you were the student rep on the Dublin School Board of Trustees. What did you get out of that experience?

Haubert: “That was an interesting experience. It taught me to be comfortable with adults in a professional setting. It helped me be comfortable speaking with adults and speaking my mind in front of an audience. I think that’s an important skill – you will always be interacting with people older than you or with more experience than you. It was also cool to see how our education system works, to better understand the policies that impact students. It was a great experience.” What advice do you have for students that are preparing to go to college?

Haubert: “Take AP classes and get the best grades you can possibly get so that you have as many options as possible. You want to get to your senior year and be able to apply anywhere.

Chapman University Gamma Phi Beta Welcome

“Get involved – when you start high school or college it can be scary because you don’t know everyone. If the college you choose has Greek life, consider it; I’m in Gamma Phi Beta and it’s a big part of my life. During Rush Week you visit the sororities and it’s a mutual decision, they pick you and you pick them. Once you get into a sorority or fraternity you have a group of built-in friends on campus, a lot of people you can depend on right away. You also have a network of people who might help you after college. Sororities and fraternities also provide leadership opportunities, volunteer opportunities and numerous events to participate in.

“In college you need to take tests and assignments very seriously because unlike high school there aren’t any marks for homework. In college they don’t check if you’ve done your homework, you have to show you know the material with your performance on tests, presentations and assignments. You have to keep your head in the game and avoid being distracted by all the fun stuff that is going on to find a balance between school and having a social life.”

At the Dublin High School 2012 Senior Awards Night Katelyn was awarded a Chapman University scholarship, was named a California Scholarship Federation Life Member, was awarded the President’s Silver Award for Educational Excellence and earned Dublin High School’s Advanced Scholar Diploma. Katelyn was the Dublin Unified School District Student Representative for 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Katelyn at Chapman University

Katelyn at Chapman University

Chapman University Gamma Phi Beta Invitation

Chapman University Gamma Phi Beta Invitation

Chapman University Class of 2016 Welcome

Chapman University Class of 2016 Welcome

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