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Students to Benefit From Alumni Wisdom at Susquehanna’s ‘Break Through’ Events

Published on February 7, 2013

Susquehanna University students will get a sneak peek at what it takes to prepare for success beyond college during the school’s Break Through … to Life After Graduation program Feb. 14–20. Break ThroughSusquehanna alumni will return to campus to advise students on everything from managing personal finances, to landing a first job, to living in a big city.

The weeklong series of events will connect students of all class years and all majors with helpful alumni via Skype sessions, small-group lunches, panel discussions, speed networking and receptions.

Students may choose to attend three of more than 20 panel discussions covering such topics as “Have Your Mid-Life Crisis Now: The Turbulent 20s Survival Guide,” “Breaking Through to Business and Becoming an Entrepreneur,” and “Résumés: Marketing Yourself on Paper.” At the speed networking events, students will have a chance in short sessions with alumni to complete sentences such as "Gain experience without having any by ______________" and "My liberal arts education helped me ______________."

Among Skype sessions, participants can choose “Living and Working in the Big City” with the New York City Regional Alumni Chapter, “Working in the Nonprofit Industry and Living in D.C.” with the Washington, D.C., Regional Alumni Chapter, and speaking with individual alumni working in theatre, television and feature films.

Two related events will lead up to the program. The first is a workshop on Feb. 10 called “Discovering Your Passions—Discerning Your Callings,” sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain, the Career Development Center and the Counseling Center. The second is a business attire fashion show on Feb. 13, sponsored by Susquehanna’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization.

Break Through … to Life After Graduation is intended to strengthen ties between current students and some of Susquehanna University’s 15,000 alumni in ways that will assist students with career exploration, networking and their eventual search for employment. It is part of a comprehensive effort to enhance student success by providing students with access to Susquehanna alumni who will help to guide and support them as they prepare for what’s next in their lives. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu/breakthrough.

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