It’s that time of year again! The annual Dartmouth Night and Homecoming weekend celebration lights up campus—literally—with its traditions, ceremonies, athletic events, and numerous educational and social activities to “display Dartmouth at its best,” as described by Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson. No tradition carries more symbolic weight than the burning of the bonfire, which brings together current students and the many visiting alumni in celebration of class unity and the Dartmouth experience. What better time is there to introduce yourself to alumni? These former Dartmouth students felt a strong enough connection to their Alma Mater and to the Dartmouth community that they have returned to Hanover to participate in the Homecoming festivities. This group of alumni, who share a love for Dartmouth and its traditions, will probably be the most receptive and willing to give you valuable advice.
Here’s what you need to do: Visit the Alumni and Student Pre-Parade Gathering tent on Alumni Gym Lawn at 5pm on Friday and introduce yourself to alumni in this informal setting. Start a conversation, ask interesting questions and not job inquiries, and answer in a positive and polite manner. It's never too early to make a good impression, which can permanently place you in a positive role in the mind of the alumni you met.
Be on the lookout for all activities in which both current students and alumni can participate, as networking with these accomplished alumni can prove to be a highly valuable resource for your job search process.
A full list of events is posted here. If you haven't had a chance to tour the new Black Center for Visual Arts or Life Sciences Center, consider visiting the new facilities with alums. (Or, if you have a related major, go to the events and share your experiences with alumni!)
Photograph courtesy of Susan Simon.