The alumni dedicated their time to meet with me and talk with me about my career interests, who I should connect with, and how to refine my future career plans. They gave me tips on how to be successful in my fields and shared stories about their personal journeys to success.
Meeting professionals who once lived in the same dorms and sat in the same classrooms as myself gave me hope that all the early classes and late nights will pay-off. And being able to grab coffee with my alumni host and to meet other influential alumni in the area helped to ease my anxiety about “the real world” and my post-grad plans.
I learned an important lesson this summer: every new opportunity deserves an open-mind. I entered the program with low-expectations because I’d let my prior experience as a Clevelander determine my mindset.
The program allowed me to take a fresh look at the city and to recognize that there are great things happening in the community — socially and professionally. More importantly, I was able to build relationships with a diverse group of students from different schools and backgrounds.
The chance to explore Cleveland as a young professional allowed me to reconsider my hometown as an option in my post-graduate plans. I can honestly say that I no longer dread the idea of moving back home after college — in truth, I can’t wait.