Dont be shy – tell that favorite professor just how much you enjoyed the class. It could pay off big in the long run.
It’s all about who you know. Or, is it all about how well you know them?
Once your diploma hangs on the wall, all sorts of people from your college years can become references, mentors and friends… if you stay in touch.
Establishing stronger connections now will strengthen your network as you enter the workforce or graduate school. Buy these five people coffee as an investment in your future (and theirs).
Previous internship supervisor
If your previous supervisor is contacted as a reference for your first professional job, you want to be sure you will get an accurate and favorable recommendation. Take time to thank your supervisor again for the opportunity — and remind him or her that you are nearing graduation.
Even if you don’t plan to return to the company where you did your internship, your supervisor is knowledgeable about their business and has contacts in other industries that could be helpful to you down the road.
With hundreds of new faces in their classrooms each semester, professors stay busy with current students. Unless you’ve established a relationship, it can be hard to get a professor’s attention after graduation.
Don’t be shy, though. Explain to your professor exactly why you enjoyed his or her class and how those lessons will stay with you. If you show your appreciation, chances are the relationship will transcend college as well.
Head of your hometown alumni chapter
Alumni chapters are valuable resources for thousands of graduates at a wide scope of universities. Too often, however, graduates wait too long to get involved with their alumni chapters.
As daunting as it might sound now, the day after graduation you’re an alum, so don’t waste time taking advantage of the resources fellow alumni can offer, even if they’re twice or three times your age.
Meet with someone on the chapter’s board and start to explore the advantages as soon as possible.
Even if you didn’t become lifelong friends, roommates know a lot about each other and your roommate will undoubtedly be in some stories you tell about college.
If you haven’t really stayed in touch since freshman year, take time to catch up. You’ve probably both changed, and it would be fun to see how you’ve both progressed throughout your education.
Someone — not a teacher — who taught you something important
Think hard about this one.
While you’re wrapping up coursework and preparing for your diploma, reflect on things you learned outside the classroom. For example, maybe a friend of another culture taught you about diversity. Or perhaps there’s a campus bus driver that always extends a cheery hello, a reminder of the importance of a positive attitude.
Thank this person for what they’ve taught you, and you’ll reinforce an important life skill.
Creating a network takes time and effort, but that work will pay dividends throughout your lifetime.
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