UA Alumni: How They’re Making a Difference After College

At the end of the semester, millions of college seniors try to find inspiration on what to do with their majors. With an endless array of possible options, this can be a challenge. Choosing a career path is a daunting task for many people, especially when you are out of college or have just graduated.

Several University of Arizona alumni have found their post-college calling and are eager to help others do the same.

Jasmine Drummer, 2021 Africana Studies graduate of AU, spoke about post-graduate plans to continue her studies.

“I have just been accepted into a doctoral program in clinical psychology at William James College. The school offers a wide choice of concentrations and I plan to focus my studies on mental health in Africa and the Caribbean. J hopes to provide mental health services to diverse populations that have been historically underserved,” Drummer said.


Like Drummer, Lauren Ludovico, a 2019 UA psychology graduate, made the most of her time after graduation. Ludovico opened up about his role as a cast member at Disney World.

“Being a cast member is such a blessing. Whatever my job duties, my job at the end of the day is to make our guests happy. I hold myself to high standards of customer service and am delighted to use these skills during my guest If I can make someone’s day a little bit better, whether I helped them find the restroom or recommended a fun roller coaster, then I’ve done my job and I can be satisfied with it,” Ludovico said.

According to an article on Meditopia, earning a college degree and thinking about post-graduation projects aren’t always reserved for choosing the career field you’ll work in. It can also be a time to figure out who you are as a person and individually. grow.

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Sterling Stokes, a 2021 UA psychology graduate, spoke about how college has affected her personally and her experiences beyond her studies.

“I’ve found college to be more about personal exploration and individual understanding. Socially, I’ve learned that differences in perspective are crucial for diversity and growth. I think out of all , learn to love where you are at Appreciating the little things and understanding that life has a natural ebb and flow and can be so transformative for personal growth, and after graduating it taught me how to find,” Stokes said.

According to Indeed, one of the main reasons college graduates might struggle to find jobs after college could be a lack of work experience.

However, another reason why recent college graduates might face some challenges could also be because they tend to apply for jobs only in their major’s field of study. Yet expanding their job search outside of their college major can open up more opportunities for college graduates and help them gain more work experience in the process, according to a New York Times article.

“I would tell students who are about to graduate to try anything and be open to anything, even if it’s not in their comfort zone. I applied for one of my jobs without knowing the scope of the job to be done.When the hiring manager contacted for an interview, I was eager to pursue a field that I had never worked in and had no interest in, but I I thought it wouldn’t hurt to pass the interview,” said Ludovico. “When I got an offer I was shocked but decided to take it and see where it would take me. To this day I am so happy that this job worked out for me because I learned a lot of business skills that I would never have acquired the experience elsewhere.”

Likewise, Drummer had words of wisdom for future graduates.

“Don’t let anyone doubt you or your background or your aspirations. There are a lot of students who pursue higher education and pursue certain career paths that they don’t really like just because they are afraid of disapproval of people in their lives. Do what you love, no matter what other people think. It’s your life, your education, your happiness and your well-being,” Drummer said.

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