Use Reunion to mentor students
Thank you for putting together such a wonderful program. I had worked Reunion for Bryn Mawr College Dining Services as a student, but as a member of ’05, I had not—until now—seen Reunion through the eyes of an alumna. Very well done!
I was grateful that two current students encouraged us to attend the 125th Mural Brainstorming session. It was a fantastic event—one of my favorite from the weekend. Jane Golden was nothing short of inspiring, and I will make further comments on the website that has been set up (www.brynmawr. edu/125th/mural/). Opportunities such as this for alumnae to feel engaged in the future of the College in a tangible way, not only through financial donations, are refreshing and energizing.
Along these lines, Elizabeth Marcus-Wenger ’05, Reunion Co-Manager, mentioned a brilliant idea to me that I would highly recommend for graduates of the last decade (GOLD): during Reunion, collect the names and contact information of alumnae interested in being paired with incoming/enrolled students in a mentorship capacity. Reunion attendees are already a self-selecting population, a group particularly committed to nurturing their relationships with fellow Mawrtyrs; as such, the College has a captive audience from which to solicit volunteers who will take an active role in current students’ lives.
On a related thought, is it possible for the Career Development Office to be even more involved with Reunion? Friday’s session at Haverford about using professional online networking tools looked great, although unfortunately I could not attend. Perhaps there could be a chance for alumnae to sign up to serve as extern sponsors. It may be that I am a recent grad and so not yet on their radar screen, but there are surely others in my year who are at a place in their careers in which they would be comfortable overseeing externs. Facilitating ways for alumnae to be actively connected with Bryn Mawr in the years between Reunions are untapped opportunities that seem well suited for those organizing Reunion to pursue.
—Samara Schwartz ’05