Alternatives after graduation

By Chris Zois

Published: Monday, April 5, 2010

Updated: Monday, April 5, 2010

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Nikoleta Kravchenko

RU students attend the "LEAD Presents Alternative Routes After Graduation" event.

Roosevelt offers many opportunities for students to succeed after graduation in terms of both pursing their careers and volunteer options.

LEAD presented the workshop "Alternative Routes After Graduation," which gave students an opportunity to look at volunteer opportunities to consider after graduation.

Community Engagement Coordinator at Roosevelt, Dana Fogarty, gave the presentation.

Fogarty said that in these economic times, it's good to keep your options open and try other things.

"Joining a volunteer group is an alternative way to get from point a to point b in your career," Fogarty said: "It's a great way of getting experience and you would be making a difference."

Some Roosevelt students have already participated in such groups and have enjoyed their experiences.

MFA student Cecillia Villarruel was a member of the Peace Corps from 2006 to 2008.

"Not only is it an opportunity to do good and help other people, but it's an opportunity to see another country, another continent, another culture, a whole different way of living and that's incredibly amazing," Villarruel said: "I felt I got as much out of it, if not more, than I gave."

Villarruel taught English in a village in Namibia and led a project to renovate several classrooms in the school.

"I know I made a difference," Villarruel said: "The school I taught at ended up naming one of it's buildings after me; it's a great honor."



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