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Alumnae/i to Share Their Stories and Advice with Current Students

The Council of Black Seniors (CBS) is planning an alumnae/i panel, “The Paths They Took: Life After Vassar,” on Saturday, February 9. Formed in 1990, CBS is a student-run organization that provides pre-professional services, as well as social and cultural events that reflect the diversity of the senior class. Examples of these events include career fairs, workshops, lectures, study breaks, block parties, and photo exhibits. These events focus specifically, but not exclusively, on the needs of black seniors.

By organizing the alumnae/i panel, CBS hopes to offer seniors a glimpse into some of the many paths that Vassar alumnae/i have chosen and the experiences they have had since graduating. In order to highlight a wide range of experiences, CBS will offer two separate panels that seniors and other interested students can attend. In the afternoon students will have the opportunity to hear from more recent alumnae/i; this group will speak to everyday life immediately after college and share their experience in the work world or in post-graduate academia. The second panel of alumnae/i will offer insight into long-range options that aided them in reaching their career goals. While this event is created for seniors of color, it will be open to the entire campus.

And on Friday, February 15 the Office of International Services will host an alumnae/i panel on life after Vassar. Organized by the office's student interns, the panel participants, primarily former international students at Vassar, will offer current students advice on how they chose their career paths. Students seeking to pursue a career or continue their education outside their home country face many obstacles, some foreseen and some not. These alumnae/i will address the obstacles they have overcome in their diverse journeys.

The program consists of two sessions, and all students are welcome at each one. The first, from 4–5 p.m., will feature alumnae/i participating virtually from around the globe via tools such as Skype. Alumnae/i who live nearby and are able to come in person will present and answer questions from 5–6 p.m. in the second session.

For more information, please contact the Office of International Services

February 2008

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