Club & Greek

Benefits of Being Involved On Campus, From Alumna

Campus Involvement

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the Student Activities Board held their weekly general member meeting which featured alumna Lucy Russo ‘14, Courtney Locke ‘15, and Sami Kofsky ‘14, to speak to current SAB members. The three women spoke of their past experience being involved on campus and how it has prepared them for their future endeavors.

The meeting was panel based, allowing members the opportunity to ask the alumna questions of their choice. Junior communication major, Alicia Torello, the Student Activities Board President, ran the discussion. Questions varied from “How has joining a club on campus helped you find a job,” “What is it like to be in the real world,” and “How does SAB relate to working in a business setting?”

The ladies went on to talk about their career paths after they graduated from the University. Russo is now an Event Planner for David Stark Design, Kofsky is a seventh grade Teacher, and Locke is a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Verizon.

 Between the mixture of Russo’s humor, Kofsky’s intellect, and Locke’s wit, the event brought back memories for the older students, especially the members of the executive board.

Senior marketing student Tom Egan, said “It was a pretty cool experience to see some of the old SAB board that welcomed me as a freshman come back and talk to everyone about what they are up to. Being a senior, I learned how I can use SAB in my upcoming job interviews and career, plus it is always great to see some of my first friends at Monmouth.”

Once the meeting was over, I decided to gather the girls quickly to ask them each “what one thing from SAB that you took with you after graduation?”

Each of the alumna answered the question, “What is one thing you learned from SAB that you took with you after graduation?” Locke began speaking first and started said, “With working in tech, SAB gave me the experience with working with many types of personalities, some which may be difficult to deal with. I learned that having patience is one of the most valuable skills when working with a team.”

Following Locke’s response, Russo answered, “Experience is key in college. Being a psychology major and having that as my background, I didn’t have all the experience that I needed to execute larger scale events. So being on SAB and having those positions, I was able to learn how to maintain a budget, and work on my time management.”

To conclude the panel, Kofsky replied, “Going off from what Lucy said, time management was a huge thing that I was able to take away from SAB. I was able to accomplish my own work and help others as well, without any difficulty which helps with my teaching.”

Megan McGowan, Associate Director of Student Activities & Student Center Operations, has spent a great deal of time with the club as the advisor and has seen the women grow. When asked how it was having past SAB officers back, McGowan said, “It was great seeing them! It brought back many great memories and a little taste of how SAB was in the previous years.”

PHOTO TAKEN by Brian Foye