Learning About “Life After Scripps”

by Risa Mongiello '03

During the two-day “Life After Scripps” conference on campus in February, I had the opportunity to mingle with alumnae from around the nation and gain a sense of what it is going to be like once I finally graduate from this beautiful, small, comfortable liberal arts college.

I learned not to let people take advantage of me in my first job, to speak up when I want to say something, and to go for the things that will make me happy. I learned that it’s OK if I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do after I graduate from college. Nothing is going to be a wrong choice.

President Nancy Bekavac told us that reciprocity is one of the most important things to maintain in the workplace. If you end up doing favors for people, you have every right to ask them for help.

We couldn’t have asked for better, more practical advice from alumnae about relocation and the transition from college to the ‘real world.’ (Alumnae vanelists included Diana Ho ’71, Lynne Oshita Brickner ’74, Mariaestella Cuara ’89,Gretchen Lee ’92, Tera Oglesby ’94, Liza Siebel ’96, Sarah Bellingrath ’97, Mitra Abbaspour ’99, Amy Drayer ’99, Deepika Sandhu ’99, Sarah Belanger ’00, Jolie Chehadeh ’00, Eleni Constantine ’00, Cheryl Laven ’00, Ivy Grey ’01, Anita Iyer ’01, and Melinda Leidy ’01 .)

The alumnae told us to be prepared for important life changes. They warned us that the whole 9-5 thing could be somewhat of a shock at first, but that we would eventually adjust. We were also alerted about the current state of our economy (as if it’s not a concern for every graduating senior) and told that we should not be too discouraged if we don’t find a job right away. several recent alumnae went through the same struggles and managed to be fairly creative about their money-making techniques.

I learned that it’s wise to have a job before you relocate so as to minimize the pressure of finding something once you get there. I learned what a credit union was and how to go about planning my financial future even with little savings, no car, and, for the time being, no job.

Overall, the conference was useful in helping, ease some of my apprehension about graduating. The alumnae managed to reach out to an eclectic group of young women who hope to make their lives after Scripps as interesting and productive as the alumnae who preceded them.