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From Interest to Action: How One Alumnus Got Involved
This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.
What prompted you to get involved with Bentley and the Alumni Association?
A few years had gone by since graduation, and I wanted to reconnect with my classmates and find out how they are doing today. I knew there was an Alumni Association chapter in San Francisco, so I thought I could try to start one in the mid-Atlantic.
What was your path for reconnecting?
I first contacted Bentley’s Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends and explained that I wanted to start an alumni group in my region. We discussed some ideas and started hashing out next steps. From there, I created the Bentley Mid-Atlantic group on LinkedIn to try and connect with other alumni in the region. Once I had a handful of people in the group, I polled them to identify a good time and location for a happy-hour event.
How was that first event?
I thought it went rather well. We had a great turnout, and people were very enthusiastic. Coincidentally, one of the people I met works for the same company as me — Johns Hopkins Medicine — but in a different division. What a small world.
Would you encourage other alumni to reconnect with the association?
Absolutely. For me, it’s been great because I love networking and meeting new people — but it doesn’t end there. Whether you’re looking for a new job or to would like to mentor a current student, connecting with the Alumni Association is the perfect way to get started. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more alumni groups like ours in the mid-Atlantic start across the country very soon.
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