Stephen Edwards (‘10), Office of Alumni Engagement, Assistant Director of Young Alumni and Student Engagement
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Welcome to the Alumni Family, Class of 2015!
Hard to believe you heard your name called out in front of so many friends and family as you walked across stage, isn’t it? A graduate of Wake Forest University. Congratulations! When you stepped foot onto the Quad for the first time in high school, you probably did not expect that this place would have the impact it did on you, nor you on it. But what now? How do you stay connected with a place you care about deeply, when you and your fellow graduates might be teaching English in Belgium or running financial models on Wall Street, and everything in between in every part of the world. Having learned a great deal about staying “connected” my first four years out of Wake living in Dallas, TX and now working back at Mother So Dear, here is some advice on how to stay connected to Wake Forest, one another, and the work we can do together.
Stay Connected with the University
Let’s get the obvious out of the way…while you may not miss the stress of an exam week, more than likely, you are going to miss the wonder of this wonderful place, the friends you made, the influence of mentors, coaches, professors, and so many other amazing people you met here. There is just something about little ol’ Wake Forest. Now, as a graduate, I encourage you to stay in touch with this special place… here are some ways to stay connected with the University:
- Alumni Office: Update your contact information, set up your Gmail account, use the alumni directory, and more.
- OPCD: Utilize the vast resources provided around alumni personal and career development.
- ZSR Library: Take advantage of free database resources whether in graduate school or as a tool in your industry.
- LinkedIn: Join the WFU Alumni Group and the 25+ alumni subgroups by industry and geography.
- Homecoming: (September 25-26 this year) to visit underclassmen friends, catch the football game, and more
- Twitter, Instagram & Facebook: As always, stay connected with Wake Forest via social media for updates on news, events, and much more.
Stay Connected with the Deacon Family
Being a Deacon is a connection that runs deep, and I encourage you to make meaningful social and professional connections through this network. There are nearly 50 local WFU Alumni clubs around the world, so wherever you are moving, more than likely, there is an active group of Deacs waiting for you to get connected with them! You can find the list here. Through these Deacon communities, you are provided the opportunity to be a volunteer, mentor to current students, participate in job shadow programs, attend exciting events like “Hack the Met” in NYC, hear from healthcare industry leaders in Boston, attend a Nationals game in DC with young alumni, take a behind the scenes winery tour in San Francisco and much more. Regardless of how you want to stay connected, the local clubs are a great way to deepen your relationship with other Deacon alumni, family, and friends.
Stay Connected with the Mission
Lastly, I encourage you to look for opportunities to be an ambassador of Wake Forest, living out a spirit of “Pro Humanitate”. That may mean serving regularly with a community partner seeking to meet social services or make an impact on areas of injustice in your city (did you hear about Pro Humanitate Day?), but it can also mean other things as well. Consider serving with the Admissions Office, as an alumni volunteer, partnering with the Alumni Office as a local club young alumni leader, or investing in the future of Wake Forest as best you can. Always share your love of Wake Forest with your family, friends, and local community, strengthening ties to Wake Forest wherever you are from, or wherever you live now.
All the best to each of you in your personal and professional endeavors. While graduation may seem like an ending of sorts, it is the beginning of an exciting journey as alumni of this great place! There is nothing like the Old Gold and Black.