The below post is from my other blog, Dive For Dreams. Enjoy!
Has there ever been a time in your life where you caught yourself in a moment and said “Wow, I am extremely lucky to be here”? And have you then thought “I know this is where I’m supposed to be-a lot has gotten me here”?
Well, I had one of those breathtaking moments earlier this month. On November 2, 2011, I was able to travel down to Chicago to attend a Marquette Alumni networking event as a Student Alumni Ambassador. This meant that I had the chance to meet numerous Marquette alums (as a senior that opportunity is super exciting-especially since I have NO clue what I’m going to do once I graduate in May…) and network with them.
Circles (the name of the event, put on through Marquette’s University Advancement, where I intern- here is the link for the Circles page: http://www.marquette.edu/alumni/networking-circles.php) was held at the Union League Club in downtown Chicago. The ULC is a GORGEOUS private club where I could see Sean Connery smoking a cigar with all of his famous friends while drinking bourbon on the rocks. Yeah, I went there. Thats exactly what it feels like.
OK-back to the event. University Advancement holds the events all over the country every year. In the current calender year there have been around seven. The Chicago one is usually the largest and most popular. As I mentioned before, my role at the event was to serve as a student ambassador-to talk to the alumni about my current experiences as a Marquette student. Along with me were a few other ambassadors: Jen, Elyise, Kristen, Chris and Laura.
We were all amazed to see the sheer number of Marquette Alumni (most from the Chicago area, some from Milwaukee/Wisconsin) who gathered at the event. The registration was capped at 200 but more than that came. So there I was-standing in the doorway to the main ballroom, watching everyone mingle. And then it hit me: I was extremely lucky to network with these amazing and successful alumni. I was supposed to be there; I worked very hard for it and I know I’ll be at more events like that one in the future. Everyone in this room is a Marquette alumni. Every. Single. Person. All 250 of them. Think about it.
I could easily go to a networking event, but not every single person there would cheer for the Golden Eagles (or Warriors). I’ve been to Marquette events before but the attendees were either future/current students or MU parents. To me, there was something so amazing about being in a room full of people who shared the same education as me. The Marquette Alumni Network is vast. And it is welcoming and willing to support new members.
In six short months I’ll be an official graduate and alumna of Marquette University. I will forever be a Golden Eagle and thankful, as many before me, for my Jesuit education. I will join the ranks of those who are the Difference in their professional lives and who remember and are grateful for their Marquette education. I can’t wait! See you soon, Marquette Alumni-I’ll be standing on your side soon.
Marquette University. Cura Personalis. MU Rah Rah. Numen Flumenque. Be The Difference. Gives you chills, doesn’t it?