New Asbury Grads to Join Thriving Alumni Community
May 6, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — On Saturday, Asbury University traditional undergraduate seniors will cross the stage in the Luce Center as new alumni, beginning a process that can be simultaneously exciting, daunting, confusing and rewarding. Thankfully, though, they’re not doing it alone. New Asbury grads join a community of alumni offering support and encouragement throughout the U.S. and in more than 80 countries around the world.
Asbury’s alumni community offers amazing networking opportunities — read the Spring 2016 Ambassador (p. 27) to learn about our community in Washington, D.C. — and wherever you find them, alumni are ready with encouragement and support.
In order to stay connected, alumni keep their contact information updated with the Alumni Office and network through Asbury’s Online Community, the Asbury University Alumni Facebook page, regional alumni gatherings, Reunion and more.
New grads will find that fellow alumni can also be a great resource for advice. Recently, we asked alums to share a few words of advice for graduating seniors, and we’ve collected a few of their responses below.
- “Find a church family that will live life with you. Your relationship with God doesn’t stop after Asbury. It will be a little odd not having to go to Chapel three times a week. But you will miss it, some days. Keep your friends close. Your friends from Asbury will be your friends for life. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember who you’re representing. You are sealed with the name Asbury. Represent the institution with pride.” — Joshua Bracken ‘14
- “Find somewhere to volunteer in the community. I spent time at Nathaniel Mission in Lexington and it has proven to be one of the formative experiences of my life and ministry.” — Marilyn Haddix ’03 Jones
- “Whatever you choose, go at it fully with your heart and mind. Don’t let inner voices of doubt and fear talk you out of pursuing what you know deep down is right for you. If it doesn’t work out, and you can sincerely say you gave it your all, then you will know it was a worthy pursuit regardless of the outcome.” — Jeff Wolfe ‘85
- “Most likely your first job won’t be the position you’ll hold for the rest of your career. You have to start somewhere, and a little humility goes a long way. It’s important to remember that your value as a person is not determined by your rung on the career ladder.” — Hillary Fisher ’14 Jackson
For alumni of all backgrounds, the shared experience of Asbury University provides an open door for community, prayer, mentorship, fellowship and much more.
“Because of our common faith and common experience at Asbury, conversation flows easily even between alums who have never met,” said Lisa Falin ‘90 Harper, director of Alumni Relations. “There is such a sense of encouragement among our alumni. Jamie Corbett ‘04 Higdon is one alum who has literally opened her doors to young alums moving to the D.C. area. Those are the kinds of people that Asbury alumni are.”
To learn more about Asbury Univesity’s alumni community, visit: asbury.edu/alumni