As graduation nears, alumni offer sage advice to seniors
April 23, 2012
In the true Tufts tradition of inclusion and celebration, President Monaco opened Gifford House for the annual Senior Dinners to graduating seniors and trustees, and the 83 alumni who were drawn back to the Hill for this special opportunity to share their post-Tufts stories and advice for transitioning from college.
“Many paths to success” was a key theme at each of the eight dinners. As many paths lead to Tufts, so does Tufts lead to many paths—paths Jumbos have been navigating for more than 150 years. Whether headed into well-known fields or trekking into uncharted territories, seniors gain valuable advice and connections from alumni at these dinners.
“I was able to put one senior in touch with a friend of mine who works at the advertising firm she is hoping to work at after graduation,” says Alana Van der Mude, A05. “She is fantastically qualified and just didn’t have a first-hand connection.”
The countdown to graduation is less than 30 days for these seniors—and alumni are doing all they can to help prepare them for life's next steps.
Of the one-on-one time between students and alumni, Bryan McDavitt, A07, says it was “a great opportunity to share experiences, reminisce about experiences at Tufts, and allow the current students to relate to those who have come before them.”
Aravindra Rao, A06, shares McDavitt’s sentiments in helping students feel more prepared and comfortable as they take life’s next steps. “We reassured them that graduating and finding a job wouldn’t be their life’s defining challenge,” she says. “[Tufts was] four incredibly important, fun, and irreplaceable years. I’m always happy to share my knowledge and experiences to help people whose shoes I was once in.”