Visit your campus alumni office as early in your college career as you can. In fact, you could even stop by during orientation week your freshman year if you want. The sooner your campus alumni office knows you, the better they are going to know you and the more likely they will be to help you and this means you will get more out of your campus alumni office.
And here’s a tip: Alumni love to connect with students so the campus alumni office is always in need of student volunteers to help connect with alumni during fundraising efforts and campus visits. So, I highly recommend that students volunteer with their campus alumni office – whether it be just for a few hours during a fundraising drive or more regular for campus tours.
By volunteering, you are not only helping your campus alumni office, you are connecting with alumni office officers in a meaningful way and also connecting with oftentimes important alumni. This is such a great way to get in front of important alumni. I remember my freshman year I helped out with Duke’s annual fundraising campaign and not only got to know the dean of my college but also got to talk in-depth with at least ten alumni in less than an hour! Plus, I got free pizza and that didn’t hurt either!
~Lauren Hasson, The Résumé Girl