Autumn symbolizes transition, and it is reunion time at many colleges. FIU recently hosted their roaring reunion week, and I just returned from a Georgetown Hoya lawya reunion in DC.
The anticipation of reunions can spark a range of feelings including excitement and/or doubt. Graduates might evaluate their progress since graduation and whether this lives up to their expectations of where they want to be, where they ‘should’ be, or how that compares to others – including their profession, income, looks, and relationship/family status. We may gain weight…yet did we gain wisdom?
Through outreach, as a reunion committee volunteer, I heard feedback from people who hesitated to attend because they felt they were not in a good place or where they wanted to be. Whether someone chooses to participate in official events, reunions are actually a good time for personal reflection by our own standards and a re-union with our own values and goals.
What matters to you and are you living based on these values? How can you enhance such awareness and choices? And more importantly – are you grateful and can you show up as who you are now?
Showing up affirms our presence and creates opportunities to enhance our collective future. Graduating from college is an accomplishment and opportunity far beyond a degree. It opens doors to a long term network of connections, programs, and resources to support us throughout our professional lives.
FIU Alumni Association is launching a new career development series, and I am delighted to be one of their 1st presenters. Join us for a “Wills Walls Wells” webinar on Tuesday Nov. 1st @ 12-1pm ET. You can also visit this posting on the FIU blog.