Alumni Relations provides graduates with many opportunities to volunteer each year. One such opportunity is calling on alumni volunteers to assist the Office of Admissions by attending college fairs across the country each fall. Alumni represent the University and meet prospective students, answer questions about the application process, and share their most favorite Seton Hall experiences. A few alumni were recently interviewed to discuss why he or she volunteers for Seton Hall, specifically at college fairs, and why this is a rewarding experience.
When asked why she volunteers, Daria Preston ’12, said it is because she believes it is humbling and grounding to see students who have the same spark and optimism for their careers as she had.
“Seton Hall offered me fantastic opportunities, while simultaneously challenging me to become an adult. These two competing yet complimentary concepts are what I think made Seton Hall a great place to learn and grow, and I love being able to share my story with prospective students,” said Preston.
Recommending this volunteer opportunity to other alumni is exactly what Diego Garcia, M.A. ’13 affirms as he says it is “all about giving back” and ensuring “that the minds of tomorrow are aware that an education at Seton Hall is not only attainable by a rewarding adventure.”
Why Garcia volunteers? “I volunteer on behalf of Seton Hall because I enjoy meeting the young minds of tomorrow who are naturally inquisitive about the next stage of their lives. Seton Hall is a great place to expand your horizons and I enjoy telling them that college should not be an intimidating experience but rather a quest full of rewards,” he said.
John Flanagan ’68 grew up volunteering. He quotes Horace Mann when addressing his desire to volunteer, “Be afraid to die before you have done some good for mankind.”
Flanagan enjoys volunteering because he has the opportunity to answer questions, tell his Seton Hall story and alleviate parent’s fears about sending their children to college. When asked if he would recommend this volunteer opportunity to other alumni, Flanagan said “I’d recommend alumni giving back a bit at whatever their comfort level is. But, if they’re outgoing, like social engagement while telling the Seton Hall story, a college fair could be just the place to start giving back.”
Reminiscing about his days at Seton Hall, Flanagan added, “The kindness of people who really cared is what I remember most fondly about Seton Hall. And, it’s that memory that keeps me coming back, at least once a year, to visit Immaculate Conception for a quick prayer and to sit on a favorite bench near the Chapel and remember for awhile.”
If you are interested in joining these fellow Pirates among the many other alumni who volunteered this fall, get involved and fill out the Volunteer Interest Survey at www.shu.edu/go/volunteer. After completing the survey, you will be contacted when opportunities arise that meet the interests you indicated. If you have any questions about volunteering, contact Erika Klinger, associate director of campus partnerships at (973) 378-9827 or email@example.com.