WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - What better way to introduce soon-to-be Lycoming College graduates to the realities of life after college than to have them job-shadow with alumni in one of the world's greatest metropolises. Four hand-picked members of the Class of 2012, Chris Bernstorf, Chris DiYenno, Lacey Gustafson and Marcy McLaughlin, did just that in New York City on Friday, Oct. 28.
At 7:02 a.m., they eagerly departed campus on the three-and-a-half hour trip in a rental van stocked with blueberry and pumpkin muffins and a 50-count box of Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts. After walking around Times Square and grabbing a quick lunch, the classmates disbanded and spent the rest of the afternoon shadowing a graduate who works in their field of interest. They then spent valuable time networking with roughly 20 Big Apple alumni at a two-hour 'meet and greet' reception. On Saturday at 1:25 a.m., they arrived back on campus, wiser from the experience and grateful for the opportunity.
Alumni mentors included Kristina (Cortes) Allen '06, an assistant account executive with the DeWitt Stern Group; Ashley Concini '06, human resources/legal recruiting assistant at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Gretchen Hause '03, an associate specialist at Christie's; and Walter Makarucha Jr. '06, graphic designer with Ziff Davis Enterprise.
The students were accompanied by Amy Dowling '04, director of alumni relations, and Glenn Smith '07, major gift officer, co-coordinators of the excursion. Due to the overwhelming success of the NYC initiatives, planning is under way to hold a job shadow experience in Philadelphia in early March.