Seniors start transition to life after college
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 00:10
UConn students flocked to the Rome Ballroom to attend the Senior Kickoff from 1-4 p.m. yesterday.
Hosted by the UConn Alumni Association and the Senior Engagement and Transition Programs, this event celebrates the senior class and works to help them transition into life after college. Free t-shirts sporting “UConn Senior” were available to all who attended, as were UConn static cling decals for cars, university themed luggage tags, free Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee, stickers, and pins.
“I came to this event to meet seniors and see all the interesting booths here. They’re going to help us beyond UConn,” said Cecilia Lavigne, a 7th-semester Animal Science major.
Students who apply for the Senior Access Pass receive a UConn Alumni Association padfolio, spirit beads, and information regarding the benefits of the program. Among the tables lining the walls at the event students found discounts on senior class rings, raffles to win money towards Kaplan exams and a lottery hosted by the Co-op to win a degree frame. The Office of the Bursar, Office of the Registrar, Center for Career Development, Financial Aid, HYPE, the Dairy Bar, Fun Enterprises, Senior Scoop, UConn Seniors and the Yearbook were among the associations that hosted tables providing seniors with information to make their final year at UConn truly rewarding. Refreshments were laid out in the center of the ballroom, surrounded by tables where students and alumni spoke.
“The benefits of the Senior Access Pass are rich,” said Cynthia Bidorini, Director of Membership and Communications at UConn’s Alumni Association. “Staying connected with alumni is valuable, because people do not get jobs these days just by sending out a resume. You get a job through who you know and networking. We help with that.”
The Senior Access Pass provides members with benefits before and after graduation, such as free participation in Oozeball this spring, study rooms at the Alumni Center during final exams week, online research databases via EBSCO after graduation, career webinars, industry-research tools, $100 off select Kaplan test prep courses like the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, and PCAT as well as alumni mentors and resume and interview tips.
“We have alumni who are mentors, and connect with students. That program has received very positive reviews because students feel that they are being taken under the wing of graduates,” said Bidorini.
Seniors are provided with different career opportunities and advice, as well as fun discounts at a variety of local restaurants. The Senior Access Pass also offers national entertainment discounts, such as tickets for Broadway shows.
This opportunity for seniors was established three years ago through the Alumni Association’s effort to ensure that seniors were aware of all the different benefits available to them. The biggest one being the ability to stay connected to 230,000 alumni who have a wealth of knowledge and help to give.
“It’s truly a Huskies-helping-Huskies organization, and we’re proud to be able to keep alumni and students connected because we really want to help,” Bidorini stated.
In order to become a member, students pay a $30 fee for a two year membership. For seniors who were unable to attend yesterday’s event, the Senior Access Passes can be ordered online through uconnalumni.com/seniors. After ordering, students can stop by the Alumni Center to pick up a complimentary padfolio.