This question has crossed my mind multiple times within the past month. As graduation approaches my timeline next semester, I seem to ponder the crazy idea that I will soon be an alumna of California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB).
I have worked for the Alumni Relations office for about a year now and I have witnessed behind the scenes of the endless generosity that alumni give, so that both current and future students are presented with an extraordinary opportunity that they once had. Many scholarships are often funded by alumni and are set up for the purpose of aiding students on their road to success. In addition to the many gifts that are provided by our very own alumni, there are many other ways in which alumni contribute to CSUMB.
Being an alumnus or alumna, you hold truth to the credibility of the university. I have seen a plethora of alumni make use of their degrees and turn it into an initiative for creating an impact on our society. Oftentimes, I read articles written of their doing and they always touch on how CSUMB paved the way to their success. An alumnus’s recommendation carries rich and powerful substance when promoting the university to others. For myself, seeing the variety of work and the impact that alumni actively bring to the table in their area of expertise, only encourages and aids in my journey.
As a part of Alumni Relations, I see firsthand the networking and sense of community that takes place as an alumni member of CSUMB. It is sometimes mistakenly taken for granted or seen as small, but do not underestimate it. Our alumni community is more than what meets the eye; it is the quality that surpasses the quantity.
So, I ask, what does it mean to be an alumnus or alumna? Is it the mere fact that I will be donating to my university every chance I can? Why yes, but it is so much more than that. The common themes that I have noted will be a part of my identity once I graduate and will stay with me forever. As the countdown continues till I am soon named an alumna of CSUMB, I am pleased with the idea of having a long-life connection and influence with my alma mater.