Enjoy Commencement Ceremonies

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Enjoy commencement ceremonies and jump into the next step of your life with the same passion you showed at Columbia!

-Heloise Dheilly '15SEAS

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There's Nothing Easy About a Job Search

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Good luck! There's nothing easy about a job search. Keep in mind, though, that having a computer means you don't to type the same letter over and over again. (I was using a cartridge typewriter back in 1985. It was better than a stone tablet and a chisel, but not by much.)

-Heather N. Paxton '85CC

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Grasp the Moment

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Take a moment to yourself to grasp the moment! / Consider what you have achieved, because this is a major milestone and a turning point in your professional life. Record your thoughts and feelings, so that you can return back to that moment when things get tough. They will remind you your ability to succeed under difficult circumstances. This is you finishing the race - or just starting?

- Harry (Charalabos) Brilakis '95SEAS

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Make Transition with Support of Mentors

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make 'transition' with the support of mentors and the department in your graduate school that helps you locate job opportunities and professional development. / alumni needs to be organized with making accomplished alumni available to make the transition and for qualified mentors.

-Harriet Lubin '60CUSSW

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Always Be NETWORKING

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Always be NETWORKING...never say no to a conversation and the people you meet will take you to places you've never imagined.

-Greg Guermanm '15

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Get to Know as Many Alums and Faculty in Your Area of Interest

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Get to know as many alums and faculty in your area of interest

-Gordon Kaye '55CC '57 '61GSAS

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There's a Time and Place for Compromising

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There's a time and place for compromising, but sometimes you also need to put your foot down and say, "no, THIS is what I'm going to do." And then you go after it with such passion and drive that doing it becomes inevitable.

-Gillian Rhodes '12CC

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Contact People at Companies You Want to Work At

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Contact people at the companies you want to work at directly in some form (email, letter, phone call). Find ALumni that work at those companies and contact them as well. 

-George P Wilson '83CC '86GSAPP

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Take Your Time

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Take your time. Treat your twenties as a smorgasbord--sample everything that is offered before settling on what will be your main course for the next stage of life.

-George H. Gilliam '65GS

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Bond With Your Class and School

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If you haven't bonded to your class and your school by this point, too bad. If not, work on catch-up. Going to Columbia was one of the supreme experiences of my life. That was in 1964, and we still try to stay in touch with one another. (The profs are gone, of course.)

-George Fattman '64JRN

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Work in the Field You Are Most Interested In

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Work in the field you are most interested in, even if it pays less in the beginning. Continue to learn further

-Geela Spira, PhD '79BARNARD '82P&S

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Stay Connected to Columbia!

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Stay connected to Columbia! You will be surprised how tight-knit the community is and how you will continuously meet new people and share great experiences together.

-Gairy Hall 11CC, '16BUS

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Graduating is Just the Beginning!

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Graduation is just the beginning!

-Francisco Javier Azar '93SDOS, '93PH, '96PD

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Get to Know Each Other While at CBS and Maintain Contact Afterwards

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Get to know each other while at CBS and maintain contact afterwards. In the 1970-1972 time period, CBS was known for being very competitive and the student body did not seem particularly supportive and friendly. Many just went on their way, it seems, without looking back.

-Francis H. Dong, Ph.D. CC, GSB '72

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It's Important to Establish Contact with Alumni

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I think it's important to establish contact with alumni because many (not all, sadly) will quite willing to help the new grads with advice, introductions etc.

-Frances Hardin '77JRN

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Remember to Stay Connected to Columbia

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Remember to stay connected to Columbia and that it is a valuable resource even after you graduate!

-Eunice Martinez '06GS

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The Degree is Just the Beginning

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The degree is just the beginning and each graduate must remember the Men and Women in the Military service who have given their service to protect their constitutional rights and privileges.

-Eugene W Buckley '58GS

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Believe in Yourself

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Believe in yourself, you have all the qualifications to make the world a better place

-Erzen Sogst '13SIPA

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Meet People and Learn from Their Professional Journeys

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My best advice for new graduates is to meet people and learn from their professional journeys. Meet with people in positions that you find interesting for an informational interview to learn more - those people may think of you in the future when opportunities pop up.

-Emily Jabber '06SW

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Stay Connected to People That Made an Impact on You

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Stay connected to the people that made an impact on you, whether that's friends, professors, staff, etc. Graduating doesn't have to mean losing your community, it might just take more effort to keep it strong.

-Emily Aronson GS/JTS '15

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Listen Carefully to Your Faculty Adviser

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Listen carefully to your faculty adviser. To this very day I am sorry I did not heed Prof. Nobbe's advice to "continue and finish your Ph.D." --Must admit I had an unusual schedule during the years it took me to complete my M.A., since I was married, had my first child, held a full-time job, and commuted from Pennsylvania to Columbia.--It did not take long to realize Professor Nobbe was right!

-Ellie Schmidt, M.A. '63GSAS

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Be Open to Learning

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Be open to learning and give back with what your knowledge and resources

-Elaine Tai '03SEAS

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Enjoy the Moment of Achievement

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Enjoy the moment of achievement and make sure to celebrate with your family and friends in the best way that you can. Life is full of many great moments, and graduating from Columbia is one memorable milestone worth sharing w/ loved ones. Take the time to create your own graduation memory.

-Eduardo Rivas '04SIPA

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Know That Columbia Tuaght You is Invaluable

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Know that what Columbia taught you was how to think, and that is invaluable; but others you'll meet have been doing that thinking for a long time, so take heed.

-Edward Ferguson '78CC

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Find a Way to Act in the Public Interest

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Find a way to act in the public interest with a commitment to social and economic justice.

-Eduardo Rivas '04SIPA

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God's Love and Care Is for All

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God's love and care is for all. When we come in contact with each other we learn more about ourselves. We learn from each other who we really are.

-Dorcas Demás '75PS

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You Are One of Very Few Talented and Fortunate Enough...

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You are one of very few people who are both talented and fortunate enough to attend a world-class school like Columbia University. I know that graduating from Columbia took tremondous efforts. Please be proud of what you accomplished and continue to do something that make both you and your loved ones happy.

-Dongho Lee '10SEAS

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Make Use of as Many Columbia Resources as Are Offered

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Make use of as many Columbia resources as are offered. I didn't know enough to follow up this rich resource mine and regret it now.

Dolores Dembus Bittleman '56GS

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Treasure Art & Literature

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Treasure art & literature.

-Dirk van Nouhuys '56GS

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When You Take Your First Job...

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When you take your first job, make sure it provides a broad range of experiences within your profession. Ask many questions, and find a mentor who will nurture your development and challenge you.

-Diane Madras, PT, PhD '86PS

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As a Professional Woman, You Need to Believe in Yourself

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As a professional woman, you need to believe in yourself. There will always be men and women who will diminish your accomplishments. Remember, you don't want to work with them.

-Diana M. Bolick '86GS

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Make the Planet a Bigger, Better, Brighter Place

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As Columbia grads, its our job to make the planet a bigger, better, brighter place. Follow your passions, not the paycheck.

-DC Dayton, MA, EdM '00GSAS, '13TC

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Be Courageous: Your Future is a Journey

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Be courageous. Your future is a journey-- don't be afraid to travel to new places or take on challenging work assignments; don't let fear limit your possibilities.

-David Walsh '06SEAS

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Listen Carefully to Job Offers

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Listen carefully to job offers, and then listen even more carefully to the alternative positions available within each firm offering you a position. Had I been more knowledgeable about how the offer I accepted, I could have increased my earnings and enjoyment 100% within my first four years at my initial posting out of business school.

-David Ross '85BUS

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Start the Next Step Early

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Start the next step early. / / Reach out to alumni early and often - something that have to do on own as my experience through career and job placement did not involve any alumni.

-David Putelo CC '88

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Stay in Touch with Everyone You Care About

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Stay in touch with everyone you care about. Time moves fast. Your classmates can be some of the best friends you'll ever have if you make an effort to keep them close.

-Daniel Wilkey 'SEAS11, 'SEAS15

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I Believe That Receiving a Liberal Arts Degree...

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I believe very strongly that receiving a liberal arts degree remains one of the best ways to prepare for life in general, as well as for a career. In an era when many students are preoccupied with developing "practical" or "vocational" skills, I am more convinced than ever that a liberal arts education is an invaluable resource for negotiating life's complicated paths. The fact that Columbia College continues to offer its students an exceptional liberal arts curriculum is very reassuring to me.

- Daniel LaRue Gross '80CC

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Design Your Own Path and Be Fearless in Following It

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Design your own path and be fearless in following it, even if it feels lonely sometimes or if you're unclear about where it's going. Be the best version of your unique self, because there is only one of you.

-Cristina Handal BC 2007, GSAPP 2011

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Take Advantage of and Seek Out New Opportunities

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Take advantage of and seek out new opportunities to engage with the resources Columbia provides for networking, socializing, and maintaining community beyond graduation.

-Chuck Roberts '12CC 

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Figure Out What You Want to Do and Go For It

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Figure out what you want to do and go for it. Understand that you starting at the bottom and be humble. Be honest and work hard. Remember you're building an army of supporters.

-Christopher Patrick Milligan '96BUS

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Enjoy the Campus Scenery and the Library!

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Enjoy the campus scenery and the library! :) Both are gems. Quite often I go back to campus and walk around to take it all in again and remind myself that hard work pays off.

-Christelle Niamke Professional Studies 2013

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Use the Power of the Columbia Network

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Use the power of the Columbia network.

-Christina Winnicker '05MPH

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Advice for Those Who Completed a Grad School Program

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Advice for those who did a Grad School program - Remember the reason why you went to grad school in the first place? Stay focused on that goal. Sometimes, with everything that's going on, it's easy to forget or lose track.

-Chienye Ogwo '11JRN

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YOU Define What it Means To Be a Columbia Grad

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Eventually, YOU define what it means to be a Columbia graduate.

-Celine Rottier SIPA MIA'14

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Keep the Long Term in Kind

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Keep the long term in kind - it's not just about that first job, but where the skills and experience you earn can take you next. / / Pay off those loans ASAP so you can start your life!

-Carla Sapsford SIPA, J '03

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You Will Learn the Most Through Listening

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You will learn the most through listening. Share what you know in the service of others, not to gain power. Consider the values you want to be known by and show these through your actions.

-Bonnie McDougall Olson '14SCE

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Do What You Are Most Interested In

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Use this time in your youth to do what you are most interested in. This is the time you can most afford to take a risk, explore, etc.

-Bob Fischman '74BUS

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Stay Connected to Your Classmates and to University Activities

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Stay connected to your classmates and to University activities. Networking may not seem relevant now, but can be important to your career or simply for reminiscing about the good ol' days when you send your own kids off to college.

-Billie Tekel Elias '75SEAS

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The Most Important Thing to Remember

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The most important thing is to remember, listening to your gut will never let you down.

-Barry Lewinsky '71LAW

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Arrange for Interviews and Job Acceptance Before Graduation

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Arrange for interviews and job acceptance before graduation.

-Barbara Ponte Tolbert CUPH 1962

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