February 09, 2015
It's been another great year for Break Through ... to Life After Graduation, a program that brings together Susquehanna alumni and students for networking, career advice and life lessons. Break Through was introduced three years ago to enthusiastic support from alumni and students alike. It has grown to include events throughout the year, including fall bus trips to visit alumni on the job in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Break Through's signature event is a weeklong series of campus programming for students. This year's event was held Feb. 2-7. During the week, students attended alumni panel discussions, small-group lunches and Skype sessions with alumni from California to Copenhagen and Abu Dhabi to Germany. The event culminated on Feb. 7 with a full day of panel discussions, career coaching sessions and networking opportunities.
Whitney Frederic, a junior biology major whose goal is to become an oncologist, has participated in Break Through all three years it's been offered. Frederic said she finds Break Through so rewarding because it gives her the opportunity to speak with people who were once in her shoes, and get their honest opinions and words of encouragement. Many alumni even offer to stay in touch with students as their college careers progress, Frederic said, pointing to her own invitations from two doctors as evidence.
In all, more than 100 alumni and over 350 students participated in the weeklong series of events.