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Saint Mary’s alumna share post-college tips

Alyssa Pinon | Thursday, September 11, 2008

Even though the school year is less than a month underway, Saint Mary’s juniors and especially seniors, are well aware that life after college is quickly approaching.

To help ease the transition, the Alumnae Association Board of Directors is holding an event called “Grace Under Pressure”.

The event presents an opportunity for juniors and seniors to listen to different alumnae from all over the country who have come back to talk about the many places their SMC education has taken them.

Jessica Stuifbergen, an SMC alumna and the assistant director of Alumnae Relations, said “Grace under Pressure” “is really a time for students to connect with women who have gone through the stresses of life after Saint Mary’s and are willing to help in any way they can.

“The panel will not just be discussing interviewing and networking skills, but also proper interviewing attire, and even correct etiquette at a dinner party,” Stuifbergen said. “This event will help current Saint Mary’s women in the transition from being Saint Mary’s College students to alumnae”.

Senior Sarah Dalton is planning to attend the event.

“I am excited to see what opportunities and insight I can gain from hearing about the careers of SMC alumnae, so that I can apply it to my own [career path],” she said.

Students said they are hoping to use what they learn at this event in the remainder of their time at Saint Mary’s.

“I’m excited to learn more about networking. I believe that [the Alumnae Association] is a great tool to not only help me network, but to keep me connected to Saint Mary’s,” senior Anna Hoefer said.

“Grace Under Pressure” will be taking place today in the Saint Mary’s Student Center Lounge. Space is limited, but students who are still interested are asked to contact alumnae@saintmarys.edu with any questions.