The relationships you develop during your college years are the ones that stick with you for the rest of your life. In this technological ages there’s no reason to ever lose touch. But you can also develop new relationships – personal and professional – by connecting with your fellow and future school alumni.
With that in mind Campus Explorer launched their new Campus Explorer Connections Facebook Application. Campus Explorer Connections helps prospective students, college students and graduates find where their friends and family went to college, learn where their friends will be going to college and discover and explore the most popular schools in their network. Prospective students can use the app to learn more about their top college choices, while students and alums find potential mentors to guide them through their academic and career paths.
To access Campus Explorer Connections, simply sign in to the application using Facebook Connect.
“I have met a large amount of new friends in college through student organizations and my university job,” shares Caroline Radaj, who is graduating from University of Wisconsin – Madison this month. “The college environment allows people to explore a wide and essentially never-ending network.”
And it’s these networks that grow throughout grads professional lives.
“I have many good friends from college, explains author Walter G. Meyer. “Some I worked with on the college newspaper – the Daily Collegian – at Penn State are now editors at major newspapers and magazines and they frequently hire me to write some freelance articles for them. … I trust some of them to read and critique early drafts of my books, and I do the same for them.”
“My college roommate for three years continues to be one of my dearest friends,” shares Angela Betancourt, who went to Barry University. “We became very bonded during difficult times of our college lives. Whether it was boy issues, crazy professors or keeping each other awake, while we studied in the middle of the night, she and I learned how to help boost each other spirits.
“The experiences we go through during school are usually unique to that environment, so it’s comforting when you can relate with someone who has been through the same.”
In this day and age where connecting in virtual and real life leads to so many opportunities, it really helps to have an extra connection. And there are fewer bonds that are stronger than a common alma mater.
“I went to University of Michigan for college, and the friendships I made while on campus have somehow gotten me ahead in every step of my life,” explains Lauren Herskovic, Director of Operations at Precision Essay.
“It took me some time to realize this, but success is all about networking, and there’s something about college pride/that college connection that instantly bonds two people together. In fact, my current apartment is owned by a Michigan grad and upon finding out I also went there, he leased the place to me on the spot!”
Herskovic feels ”very lucky” to have gone to a school with a giant alumni base. “It seems everywhere I go and everyone I talk to is somehow connected to Michigan or someone I knew at Michigan. And it always comes back to help me out,” she continues. ”There is something about college friendships that not only makes them stronger than others, but also makes them invaluable.”
So keep maintaining those friendships. See who went to or is going to your school. Find out who of your fellow alums is working in your area of interest. Connect using Campus Explorer Connections.