Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM PDT
As alumni, we know the uncertainty and excitement that accompany entry into the real world. Our new SU Bridge Young Alumni Chapter is here to welcome the class of 2014 and all other recent alumni and help to ease their transition to the real world.
So who are the SU Bridge and how do they hope to ease the student to alumni transition? Think of the SU Bridge as recent, but experienced young alumni. Most have graduated within the last five to 10 years. They’ve experienced the uncertainty of life after college first hand and found the light at the end of the tunnel. They want to engage with students who are transitioning out of Seattle U and more recent alumni who are still making their transitions to the real world.
According to SU Bridge president, Tony Capeloto, the goal of the chapter is to create an environment that allows students, alumni and faculty to build professional connections thoughtfully. “You forget that the benefits of your hard work come after your graduation, not necessarily during your time as students. And now it’s time to reap those benefits.”
The SU Bridge hopes to help young alumni reap some of those benefits with their events and programming that aim to create opportunities and professional connections for recent graduates. “It’s often not what you know, but who you know. Our programs will allow you to interact with others on your terms, starting the casual conversation that will spark a connection that will help your career,” Tony said.
This September, the SU Bridge plans to host a kick-off event, welcoming the newest Seattle graduates to the Alumni Association. “I hope you’ll be on the lookout for an invitation to this event. You are who we are here to serve and I look forward to making connections with you as a part of the SU Bridge.”
Whether you are a more experienced recent alum or are fresh out of school, if you are interested in learning more about the SU Bridge, email
Look for Tony on June 14th as one of your alumni hosts at Commencement Brunch.
As September is a few months away and graduation is right around the corner on June 15th, the members of the SU Bridge wanted to share the following words of wisdom with you.
The advice I wish I knew upon graduation is:
Dylan Munn, '10: “Stay active in your community, wherever that may be.”
Jeremiah Job, '04: “Stay involved. Discover your skill sets. Stay open – don’t limit yourself to one opportunity. Don’t be afraid to fail. It is a critical component of your success.”
Tony Capeloto,'11: “Now is the time you can actually apply what you learned.”
Alex Dzwonkowski,'11: “Now is the time to learn new life skills.”
Dylan Hoffman, '13: “Relax and enjoy this moment. College graduation and the time right after is such a great time; don't lose touch with this in the fervor to get a job lined up.”
Doug Rudeen, '11: “You do know things that are valuable to employers. Though you may feel a lot of your knowledge is theoretical, you can think about things in ways that employers value.”
Mikel Carlson, '12: “Don't be afraid to get your feet wet. People hire you if they like you, even if you don't necessarily have all the necessary qualifications. You’ll build them.”
What words of wisdom do you have for our new graduates? Share them in the comments section below.