Your undergraduate career — the four years in which you killed multiple trees to create study guides and turn in papers, learned to be creative when meals got boring in the dining hall and later when food got low in your off-campus kitchen, when your time-management training wheels were removed and you learned about sleep and what to do when it’s lacking — has just ended. There have been passages through many rites: informal like “you watched an entire TV series on DVD in one semester” and formal like “you sat through a multi-hour graduation ceremony and wore a silly gown, but decorated your cap to keep things light.”
You’re an alum. And if that TV series you watched happened to be Friends, you may now start to hear the taunting theme song in your head, singing, “Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s DOA.” Leaving the nest is rough. But college is supposed to help in the long run, right? Here’s the thing: You can have the world’s most expensive framed piece of paper on your wall and hope it magically makes life easier, or you can make that diploma work for you.
Here’s how to make your degree appreciate in value:
For real. Remember when you were combing through the school rankings as a wee high school student, trying to find the highest-ranked school that might actually accept you? Alumni-giving rates factor into those rankings. When institutions apply for grants, the review board checks the alumni-giving rate to see that graduates appreciate and still support the school. It’s not the amount of money that you give, but the commitment to give at all. You give a few dollars each year and you help increase the alumni-giving percentage, keeping your school well-ranked and able to grow and improve.
As you’re writing those loan-repayment checks, make the most of your college experience — even when it’s over. Get your foot in the career door by meeting up with someone who also fondly remembers your school’s idiosyncrasies. Help people make associations with the institution name on your resume. Give a little money back to your school — it’ll use the funds to keep making you proud to say you’re an alum.
To that end: Go Bucs! A Whitworthian for life, they call me.
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