The world has been forced to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and Susquehanna’s Break Through student-alumni career networking conference was no different.

Nearly 150 alumni gathered virtually for Break Through 2021, with approximately 700 students attending, up 70% from last year’s participation. Boasting 33 hours of Zoom sessions, topics included networking during a pandemic, working internationally, pursuing careers in earth science, finance, politics and more during the expanded four-day event Feb. 8-11.

New this year was a 21-video playlist of alumni-faculty interviews geared specifically toward biology students.

The below stories present a snapshot of this year’s unprecedented event.


Pandemic Opens Doors in Publishing Industry

Susquehanna’s annual Break Through event is all about networking. Several of our recent creative writing, English and publishing and editing graduates shared the varied paths they've taken as they have embarked on their careers.

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Facing Those Postgraduate Fears

Our alumni of color met with students to assuage some of their postgraduate fears in the Break Through panel Let's Keep Talking ... With Alumni of Color: Facing Fears in Careers.

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More Women Leading, Succeeding in STEM

It was fitting that three alumnae, each in different stages of their careers in science and medicine, spoke with a group of female students on International Women in STEM Day.

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Humanities Degree Proves Worldwide Relevance

Earning a humanities degree is like closing your eyes and pointing to a random place on a map — it can take you so many different places.

Aminata “Mimi” Diallo ’19
Break Through Teaches Networking 101

“The pandemic has changed the rules of the game." That was what one alumna told students during Connection in the Age of Disconnection: Networking During a Pandemic at Susquehanna's annual alumni-student career networking conference, Break Through.

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In Tune With Music Career Options

In the classroom, on the stage or behind the scenes, music degrees have opened doors to a range of possibilities for recent graduates. Each of the alumni who appeared as panelists for the Break Through panel, The Possibilities of a Music Degree, pursued their music careers in very different ways, from opera to Spotify.

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Path to Luxury Sometimes Indirect, Always Worthwhile

The path to one’s “dream job” isn’t always straightforward, but as two luxury brand marketing and management graduates told a group of current students, if you pursue it with focus, you can realize your aspirations.

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