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Alumni weigh in on student involvement

November 15, 2013

MC alums reflect on their time spent on campus, which organizations they were involved in and how those experiences serve them in the workplace.


Jeffrey Budlove
Chemistry, graduated 2012
Zeta Beta Tau: Social Chair

The skills I learned in ZBT have helped me in my interview processes and also at work. Being the social chair, I had to talk to a lot of different people. ZBT also gave me a lot of practice with time management. There’s a lot of paperwork that needs to be turned in on time, guests lists to be made, invitations to be sent out, decorations to be bought, and, of course, time to set up the actual event. Being the social chair really helped a lot with managing how and when I would attack each task on my list, and this skills has definitely stuck with me in my professional career. Time management is something I’m grateful I got to practice in college.

David Neiman
English and Classics, graduated 2013
Zeta Beta Tau, Coil: Editor, Theater

It’s unfair to choose either academics or extracurricular activities as being solely responsible for where I am today, but I would put more weight in academics. Seminary is an intensive study-based regimen, and many of the study habits I developed during my four years at Monmouth College have come in handy. On the other hand, my experience with extracurricular programs gave me experience with management and organization that will undoubtedly be helpful when I’m working with a congregation of my own someday.

Nora Carleson
History, graduated 2011
Alpha Xi Delta, Marching Band: Drum Major, Orchestra, Eta Sigma Phi, Alpha Theta, History Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, Order of Omega, Student Senate, Mortar Board, Honors Program

I’m now a museum professional, and I can honestly say that I apply skills I’ve used at Monmouth every day. I was even given an internship opportunity to research works of nineteenth century furniture from the use of my knowledge of mythology that I gained during my studies in Classics at MC. For me, and I would say probably for most people, it was a balance of academics and involvement that have brought me to the place I am today.

Paige Halpin
English, graduated 2009
Student Government, Alpha Xi Delta, Residence Life, Scot Ambassadors, Choir and Theater

I attended graduate school immediately after graduating from Monmouth. My program sought out well-rounded students, so, yes, my extra curriculars helped. My ability to juggle many different ideas and tasks aided in surviving graduate school. In hindsight, I wish I had chosen two or three activities I really loved and focused all my energy on school work and doing the most in those organizations, rather than trying to spread my time and energy all over campus.

Kim Lambert
History, graduated 2012
History Club, Student Senate, Blue Key, Pre-Law Society, Student Appeals Board, Alpha Xi Delta: Recording Secretary, Vice President of Membership and President

The skills I gained in Alpha Xi Delta helped me to excel at the company I am at. They help you to learn to be accountable for your actions, effectively communicate and how to be the best you that you can be. I have been promoted in my job twice in the last 18 months, while others have not been promoted. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take ownership of yourself and to communicate professionally.

Stevie Croisant
Editor-In-Chief

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