I graduated from Alma in:
My hometown when I was a student was:
I currently live in:
What is your current career/professional role?
Biologist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Department of Justice)
My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:
I don’t think I can pick just one! Top three would be spring break trips with ACWLAX, Walk-Outs with AXiD, and playing in my final lacrosse game.
Statement about how Alma impacted your personal and professional life since graduating.
Alma impacted me in so many ways and I am beyond grateful for. In my personal life, I learned a lot of life lessons there and really developed as an individual. I made everlasting friendships that I cherish and it has been incredible to grow with people through so many chapters of life. I’ve gotten to watch my friends get married, have kids, get awesome jobs, and so on. I’ll even have some of my best friends from Alma stand by my side at my own wedding! In my professional life, Alma taught me the skills to be successful. I learned how to manage my time, how to be an effective communicator, and how to be a critical thinker, all of which I have carried with me into my career.
What current service and/or philanthropy activity are you involved in?
Various activities as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Alpha Xi Delta Alumnae Association
Advice I would give a new graduate:
One piece of advice I received when I graduated was to apply to new jobs constantly. Even if you have a current job you love, apply to others that might interest you or align with your career goals even if you don’t think you are qualified. If you get an offer, you don’t have to take it, but you know what you are capable of and you get your name out there. I wouldn’t be in my current position today if I didn’t follow this advice.
What would you say to a prospective student and their family who was trying to decide if Alma was right for them?
Follow your gut. To be honest, Alma was not at the top of my initial list of colleges. I had already bought ALOT of apparel for another (rival) school and I had my mind set on going there and only there. My mom ended up convincing me to schedule a tour at Alma and to give the school a chance. Walking around campus I just got a feeling, and I knew I was supposed to go there!
Why Alma still matters to me.
Alma will always matter to me because our experiences throughout our lives shape who we are and who we become. As cliche’ as it sounds, I truly would not be who I am or where I am today without my experiences from my time at Alma College.