Young Alumni: Staying connected to Cornell and each other

Taking the next steps as a new graduate can seem intimidating, but being a part of a global network of over 250,000 Cornell University alumni can make you feel at home wherever you are. Learn about ways to stay connected with your Big Red family as you chart a course beyond your Cornell degree.

Be part of the Big Red network

One of the most enriching aspects of a Cornell University education comes from relationships formed with fellow students, faculty and other members of our community during your time in Ithaca. Cornell offers a number of tools to help you maintain those Big Red bonds — and form new ones—to enrich your career, create new opportunities, inspire continued educational growth and cultivate an active and fulfilling social life.

Connect with students, faculty, alumni and staff to give or receive valuable advice about academic, career or personal goals on CUeLINKS, a Cornell-wide networking and knowledge sharing platform. Looking for someone in particular? In mid-July, new graduates gain access to the CornellConnect alumni directory. Be sure to keep your contact information up-to-date so you don’t miss events, opportunities and connections.

Cornell also has its own LinkedIn Group for alumni with more than 65,000 members. Maximize the Cornell impact by joining and engaging with alumni across career fields. Plus, you’ll get the Cornell logo added to your profile to share your Big Red pride and showcase your new degree.

Find Touchdown around the world

Cornell has over 100 regional “Cornell clubs” that serve as hubs for alumni engagement and connection. Young alumni-focused networking events at regional clubs provide a chance for recent Cornell graduates to share their career experiences with others, gather in fellowship and continue to develop into leaders in their communities. Look for events taking place in your neck of the woods.

Touchdown at the Cornell Club in New York City.

Look to the experts for early career support

As a member of the Big Red family, your Cornell education doesn’t end when you leave Schoellkopf Field after Commencement. Cornell has services and resources to support you along whatever career path you choose, even after you graduate. Each college contributes to specially tailored programming to help you navigate any industry.

Alumni also have access to events, courses, webinars and other helpful resources with topics ranging from the role of a Cornell education in the working world to perspectives and insights from thought leaders, discussions of the future of work and much more. Watch career-focused livestreams, find nearby events and tune in to podcasts to glean insight from your fellow alumni.

Do the greatest good

Public engagement is a key aspect of the Cornell experience, and it continues beyond graduation. Keep giving back to your community, whether in Ithaca or your new hometown, through volunteering, service and engagement opportunities for everyone.

Cornellians volunteer at a food drive in Ithaca, New York.

As you look back on your time at Cornell, you may also feel compelled to help the university do the greatest good. You can unite with Cornellians everywhere to make a lasting difference for the world by joining the university’s campaign. You can even give back to a specific student organization or cause that played an integral role in your Cornell experience. And be sure to put Giving Day on your calendar to have an even bigger impact and celebrate Cornell.

Stay connected

Young Alumni Programs helps keep recent graduates — those who have graduated in the past 10 years — connected with each other and Cornell through events, volunteering, leadership and more.

You should also add the digital-first alumni publication Cornellians to your regular reading list; stay engaged with class connections; and celebrate Cornell wherever you are with traditions like Zinck’s Night, the Sy Katz ’31 Parade and more.

The Big Red Band performs at the 2014 Sy Katz ’31 Parade.

Finally, keep an eye out for your first reunion — the next few years will fly by and your five-year celebration will be here before you know it.

Written by Alexandra Gray `22

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