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Alumni Advice for the Class of 2016

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Across all disciplines, majors and professions, our diverse and successful alumni have thrived professionally from the lessons they learned at Roosevelt. With valuable career experience under their belt, our alumni are eager to share some tips for the Class of 2016!

“Congrats on graduating! Remember that perseverance is key, and that there are many opportunities awaiting you. Don’t be afraid to take risks. As your career evolves, with each opportunity, you will be one step closer to achieving your dreams. Once you do so (and along the way), don’t forget about those who helped pave the way. Give back to your network, to those who were once in your shoes, and to RU!”Erika Weiss (MPA Public Administration, ’13)
Erika Weiss (MPA Public Administration, ’13)
“It goes without saying that networking is a must for professionals today. Join associations through which you can make solid connections and/or establish a potential job opportunity. When attending a networking event, make sure to walk away with a few solid leads and follow-up within 1-2 business days. Continue to participate in relevant professional associations but don't sign up for committee work if you can’t commit. Employers may do Google searches on potential candidates so taking the time to update your [social media] profiles is a worthwhile exercise.” Nasutsa Mabwa (MBA Real Estate, ’06)
Nasutsa Mabwa (MBA Real Estate, ’06)
“At our closing forum, our dean Sean Kelley said, ‘Don’t follow your dreams, lead your dreams.’ I think that one thing sums it up.” Mandy Modic (BFA Theater, ’11)
Mandy Modic (BFA Theater, ’11)
“Congrats! If you want to remain competitive, learning is something that should never end. Take advantage of company reimbursements and free online resources (there are a ton out there), and continue to pursue scholarship offers. For example, learning a new programming language after graduation has really helped in my current role at work.” Carina Balan (BS Actuarial Science, ’13)
Carina Balan (BS Actuarial Science, ’13)
“Interests matter. Cultivate those interests and make them the things you work on, write about and mull over every day." Ben Schulman (BPS ’12)
Ben Schulman (BPS ’12)

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Arts and Sciences, Performing Arts, Alumni, Academic & Artistic Excellence

Before enrolling at Roosevelt in 2013, Laura Miller Hill hadn’t been in a college classroom for nearly 20 years. While at Roosevelt, the full-time special education assistant and suburban mother has interned at The Field Museum in Chicago and written extensively on sustainability issues. A sustainability studies major, Miller Hill is this winter’s prestigious Student Commencement speaker, addressing fellow graduates at Roosevelt’s Auditorium Theatre graduation. “I was the oldest person in my classes, but it never really bothered me,” Miller Hill said. “Roosevelt is the type of place that’s accepting, and the subject I chose to study (sustainability) is something that’s been progressive.”

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A shift in thinking about how we deal with conflict, crime and violence is taking place in Chicago and beyond, and Roosevelt University’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation has a major stake in it.