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College Kids Flock Back to New Canaan High

It certainly felt weird to Megan Joyce. Feeling more grown up after her first semester at Northwestern University, Joyce found it strange to see life at her alma mater, New Canaan High School, proceeding as normal. "It feels weird to see things still going on when you're not here," said Joyce, 18.

She and about 30 others from the Class of 2010 returned to campus Wednesday to give this year's senior class a scouting report on college life. School officials set up the group talk to give the Class of 2011 some advice on what to expect. The college kids discussed making friends, getting used to life in a different community and finding their dream – or nightmare – experiences with roommates. Joyce and her fellow alums reminded the kids that they would have to be responsible for themselves rather than wait for teachers and parents to prod them. "You learn a lot about being on your own," Joyce said. "Being in charge of yourself, you grow up pretty fast."

Joyce says she has enjoyed college life but appreciates being home. "It's good to be home and not have to wear shower shoes," she said.

Peter Huff, 18, a freshman at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., made Tony's Deli one of his first stops upon returning to New Canaan. He said it was not as difficult as he feared to make new friends at college. "You get to know people and make friends incredibly easy," he said.

The biggest key to college, he said, is taking in different experiences without heavy expectations. "You should keep an open mind," he said.

Eric Lysenko, 18, who goes to Brigham Young University, is enjoying his time in Utah. His first stop upon getting back to New Canaan? "My kitchen table to eat some food," he said. Specifically, a bowl of cereal.

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