Alumni advice for frehsmen – TP ehh

Collected by Tammy Tran

 

Dear Class of 2015,

Welcome to Lawrence! I’m Jessa Dukelow, alumna of Lawrence and a current staff member. Working at my alma mater has allowed me to see students experience LU in some of the same ways I did, but also helps me see what I missed out on during my 1998-2002 tenure. The following “do’s and don’ts” are merely suggestions, but they come from someone that was once where you are, and wishes she could be there again.

• Don’t be shy. Realize that most everyone in your class is looking to make new friends. Be yourself, have fun with it and, when appropriate, silliness can do wonders to loosen up an awkward room.

• Do visit the Career Center! It’s never too early to start thinking about your future plans. From advice on careers to internship placement, the people working there are friendly and helpful.

• Don’t limit yourself. There are so many student organizations that you must try at least one new thing during your time here. You never know what might become your new hobby, or where you might find your new best friend.

• Do go to convocation! I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I am in “college Jessa” for skipping out on hearing these valuable speakers.

• Don’t think you know everything. I will be the first to admit that Lawrence students are brilliant and involved people, but listen to the advice of the advisers and upperclassmen you will meet along the way.

Sincerely,

Jessica Dukelow ‘02

Associate Director, Office of Alumni and Constituency Engagement

Welcome to Lawrence! I’m Jessa Dukelow, alumna of Lawrence and a current staff member. Working at my alma mater has allowed me to see students experience LU in some of the same ways I did, but also helps me see what I missed out on during my 1998-2002 tenure. The following “dos and don’ts” are merely suggestions, but they come from someone that was once where you are, and wishes she could be there again.

• Don’t be shy. Realize that most everyone in your class is looking to make new friends. Be yourself, have fun with it, and when appropriate, silliness can do wonders to loosen up an awkward room.

• Do visit the Career Center! It’s never too early to start thinking about your future plans. From advice on careers to internship placement, the people working there are friendly and helpful.

• Don’t limit yourself. There are so many student organizations that you must try at least one new thing during your time here. You never know what might become your new hobby, or where you might find your new best friend.

• Do go to Convocation! I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I am in “college Jessa” for skipping out on hearing these valuable speakers.

• Don’t think you know everything. I will be the first to admit, Lawrence students are brilliant and involved people, but listen to the advice of the advisers and upperclassmen you will meet along the way.

Sincerely,

Jessica Dukelow ‘02

Associate Director, Office of Alumni and Constituency Engagement

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