Month: March 2014

Planning for the Future

Planning for the Future

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As a friend of many a Maroon and Gold member, I was invited to attend the Student Alumni Networking Night on March 26.  The event was sponsored by the Gold Board, Maroon and Gold Society, and the Office of Alumni Relations.  Juniors and Seniors were invited to talk over complimentary appetizers with various Loyola Alumni, and discuss what comes next after college.

The event featured a panel of three Loyola Alumni, each speaking on their professional experience after finishing college.  Kara Hewitt Tolentino from the class of 2004 is a Human Resources Manager at Equity Residential, Katelyn Gibbons from the class of 2006 is Vice President of Product Development at Bank of America, and Chris Swit from the class of 2009 is a Systems Administrator at GTCR, LLC.  Each panel member shared their own career path, and gave advice to current students on how to prepare for life after graduation.  Though each of the alumni represent different careers, they all agreed that internship experience goes a long way in finding a job.

After the panel, we enjoyed dessert and mingled with the other alumni members who came to the event.  I was lucky enough to talk to two recent Loyola graduates – one who is working for a non-profit, and the other who is working as a parole officer.  The conversation was comfortable and casual, and I was ready and eager to hear the advice they had to offer.

Even though I have decided to spend the next three years in law school, it was helpful to get a taste of what the future will hold.  I feel blessed to be a part of such a supportive network through Loyola, and I am confident that I will be more than prepared to take on the working world when I complete my degrees.

Pomp, Circumstance, and Tassels

Pomp, Circumstance, and Tassels

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Spring semester is flying by, and seniors on campus are already buzzing about send off activities to wind down our final days at Loyola.

Today was certainly another reminder that graduation is just around the corner.  Seniors were instructed to pick up their graduation gear from Damen MPR between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM.  After dishing out a good chunk of change for my cap and gown, I was happy to enjoy some free spoils.  Food, snacks, and various Loyola trinkets were offered at tables all over the room.  I was feeling rather unfazed by the whole thing, that is until a woman offered me congratulations as I walked out the door.  Then it hit me how close I am to graduating, how Loyola has really changed me, and how much I’m going to miss my years in college.

So as my new graduation gown hangs looming in my closet, I look forward to all the fun activities to come.  I can’t wait to celebrate!