What does it mean to be a Young Alumni?

You are 35 and under, you graduated from ASU with a degree, hopefully starting a career somewhere … and now what?  Do you stop going to events with old college friends? Is it enough to go to a Sun Devil football or basketball game and cheer, and what exactly does your role as “alumni” mean?  How can you stay connected to the university you love so much?
Most young alumni will tell you the transition from college graduation to young adulthood and a career is a tough one. No more late nights and sleeping in till noon because your class doesn't start until 2 p.m. We quickly transform into the busy professionals who are in bed by 10 p.m. and up at 6 a.m., in order to make it to the office by 7 a.m., and hope to grab our coffee fix along the way. We get into a grind of conference calls, expense reports, deadlines and if you are lucky (and like it), lots of travel. Does this mean we don’t have time to connect to ASU in the way we use to not so long ago? NO! It absolutely does not mean this. 
If you are like me and loved attending ASU, then stay connected and get involved. I know everyone has busy schedules, but we are so lucky that the ASU Alumni Association provides networking events, world travel, community service opportunities and lots of “perks” to their membership. Reconnect with other fellow at restaurants and games who share the love and memories that you do.  As a young alum, I have found sources and people just like me to meet even after college and give back to ASU by becoming official alumni members and participating in ASU Alumni events. Get involved today and stay connected, being a young alum doesn’t have to be boring anymore!

--Tara Gregory ’08 W. P. Carey School of Business
Arizona State Young Alumni Council Member