Monday, March 31, 2008

Ask Not What Your Alma Mater Can Do For You...

While there are promising leads here in town, one cannot ignore the lure of a new city. I've been in Boston for the past five and a half years, and this job hunting expedition is definitely not ruling out jobs out of state as possible quarry.

Perhaps "new" city isn't quite accurate. The one I'm currently considering is Hartford, home of my alma mater, Trinity. I was asked recently by a faculty committee to write a recommendation for my undergraduate adviser. This meant a lot to me: my adviser did a lot for me, and I was thrilled to advance his candidacy for a prestigious teaching prize. I had previously written a recommendation for his tenure committee, and was happy to reprise the role. In my emailing with the Dean, he asked how I was, if I was still with Nate, and so forth. And when he learned I'm a fundraiser, he mentioned some openings in the Trinity Development Department.

I really have a great love of Trinity. I made a lot of friends there, both students and faculty, and staff too. I've kept up with the school, and I have a lot of Bantam pride. I began my career there with a lot of ambivalence, mostly due to the fact that I wasn't getting to go to my top choice (Kenyon) for lack of financial aid. And yet, if I had to do it over, I'd definitely do another four years at Trinity. So working there would be a big positive for me, even if I had to move back to Hartford.

Friday I sent over my resume and cover letter. Today I got an email asking for a meeting next week in town. So next Wednesday, I'll get a chance to tell them what I can do for my alma mater.

1 responses:

WorkingDefinition said...

Start the interview with a rousing rendition of "neath the elms," that ought to do it.

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