New Alumni Profiles

Student to Alumni Transition, Part Three 

Networking With Fellow Tigers

Bobby Hofman, BS ACC ’15, says joining the alumni chapter as soon as he moved to St. Louis was one of the best decisions he made. “Getting plugged in quickly helped in the transition to a new city,” says Hofman, the liaison between the Mizzou Tiger Club – St. Louis and the Mizzou Alumni Association. “Plus, having come from such a great experience in my undergrad, there’s no better way to serve the university and keep the love for the university alive. It’s not just about having been there for four years. It’s your lifetime connection to the university.”

It can be easy for new grads to feel like they don’t have much to contribute to the university yet, but it’s not only about money. “One of the beautiful things about being young is we have time on our hands,” Hofman says. ”We can put forth the energy and excitement and invest in that way.”

To better serve young alumni, Mizzou Alumni Association is developing targeted programs, such as offering an online career services center and hosting Welcome Home events throughout the country in August.

“One of our biggest goals is to keep these young alumni connected to the university, especially as they physically move away after graduation,” says Cassie Reeser, manager of alumni programs for MAA. “We’re going to welcome them to their new hometown and remind them a fellow Tiger is always nearby. It gives them an opportunity to meet folks in the area as well as have that ongoing communication with the university.”

Read More:

Part One, Pay it Forward 

Part Two, Supporting Future Students

Part Three, Networking With Fellow Tigers

Part Four, Instant Connection

More Mizzou Memories:

Young Kwon, BJ ’16, is eager to take the skills she learned at Mizzou and apply them in her job as a Peace Corps volunteer. Even though she’ll be in Morocco, she hopes to remain connected to women of color on campus and serve as a mentor to current students.

Veronica DeStefano, BJ ’16, of Naperville, Illinois, says the passage from student to alumna means showing your love for the university, even if you’re no longer in Columbia.

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