Let me be upfront about my goal: I’m trying to persuade you to be an alumni volunteer.
Yes, I know you’re busy. You’ve got work, family, friends—a life. And if you’re like a lot of K grads, people have noticed you are a pretty capable thinker and doer, and they’ve already drafted you into volunteer roles with half a dozen organizations.
So why take on another?
Because you miss K, and you love it.
Now let’s be adults about this—being a volunteer won’t make you 22 again, or bring back those days. And sliding down the hill in front of Stetson on a caf tray (or running down it in various states of dress) is not a good look for you, I promise. But that’s not what this is about.
What volunteering will do for you is pretty great. Things like:
• Giving you a way to pay it forward to the next generation, because other alumni did the same thing for you. If your experience was like mine—when you were confused about whether you should go to graduate school or needed to bounce ideas off someone with experience in an unfamiliar field—there was probably an alum who stepped up to the plate. For me, that was Bill Stoeri ’78, a lawyer practicing in Minneapolis who, besides giving me phenomenal life and career advice, even took me to a (very late) breakfast on the morning following my 21st birthday. If you had an alumni mentor like Bill, now you can be that person for a current student. If you didn’t, I can promise you from experience that mentorship matters.
• Providing you a way to give back to the college for the myriad fantastic experiences and opportunities to learn critical skills you use in your adult life. I learned things like leadership through LandSea, adaptability through study abroad, and writing and critical thinking from my history classes with Charlene Boyer Lewis.
• Connecting you to an amazing network. K alumni live all over the world and do all sorts of great things. (It’s the liberal arts, right?)
More than anything, though, volunteering is, simply, fun. Nearly every time I’ve sat on a Visit the Zoo panel, or talked with current students about finding internships, or hosted a Hornet Happy Hour for alumni, I’ve met amazing people with amazing ideas and passions. In the past few months alone, at various volunteer events, I have spoken with a prospective student who wanted to start a club on campus (ping pong), a fellow alum about a shared experience I can’t get enough of (study abroad in Aberdeen), and a current student about a dynamic career interest I want to help along (a student interested in human rights law and needing a connection at the ACLU).
If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that it’s a joy to be involved again—to know you’re joining forces with so many fantastic people to make a difference for this place you love. So do it for K, and for yourself—and start having fun!