It seems like I just started my co-op term with Alumni Relations, and already, it's over. The time has absolutely flown by - I could have sworn that yesterday was September. It seems that every term moves faster as I get closer and closer to graduation. So here are my memoirs, I suppose: a term in review of Alumni Relations.
Coming into this office, I didn't really know what I was getting into. I mean, I knew what the job description was, I had met my direct supervisors in my interview, and they told me about the office. But I didn't know exactly what or how much the office did for our thousands of alumni.
In the short time I've been here, I've supported five events in different corners of the globe – Reunion and Convocation here at UWaterloo, and Alumni Chapter events in San Francisco, Shanghai, and Jakarta. I didn't even know that the University HAD chapters, let alone supported events for them, but do we ever! I should add, those were only events that I was directly involved in. Many other events and projects were going on at the exact same time.
And then there was the big one. Well, at least, my personal big one. With the help of the wonderful Patricia Duguay, I was put in charge of reviving an event that has been on hiatus for a few years. It was my task and privilege to plan an evening for alumni and their high school aged loved ones to learn about the university applications process, be it at Waterloo or elsewhere (but let's be honest, we're all hoping for Waterloo.) This event went off on November 26, and was a great success – so, thank you to all who came out! I hope it was as enjoyable to all those who attended as it was for me to plan.
The opportunities that I've had as Alumni Program Assistant have been bountiful, to say the least. I've been involved in communications, event planning and support, and much, much more. I've learned more here (and had more fun) than I ever imagined. I now know that I'll be in VERY capable hands when I join the Alumni Club!