By scratching at the surface of alumni 10 years out or less, featured throughout the fall 2022 issue, it seems St. Lawrence graduates can do anything.
Catching Up With Young Alumni At Work
Deciding on how to illustrate the outcomes of a four-year adventure in the liberal arts is not as simple as it may sound. It took only 10 minutes to come up with a list of more than 60 alumni whose career paths provide just a glimpse of the entrepreneurial, public policy, service-oriented, environmental, media-savvy, adventurous spirit of a generation of Laurentians. The only reason we stopped adding names was that we had limited page real estate.
This collection does not even include the many educators in K-12 schools worldwide, those serving in the military, medical professionals, first responders, and those who have chosen faith-based careers, to name a few. Despite the following segments representing only a fraction of alumni careers, we believe it is worth the effort to introduce some of the ways St. Lawrence graduates are living the next chapter and how many have stayed connected to St. Lawrence.
Searching for Answers
For all of our alumni, the quest for evidence and answers doesn’t stop after Commencement. Some choose to make this activity a profession. You can find them in the field or the lab, using their talents to communicate the importance of their research and engage others in their work.
Alumni know that all students at St. Lawrence must achieve a level of excellence in writing and rhetoric as a critical component to career preparedness, regardless of their major. Communication is the key for those alumni who have delved into professional spaces from CBS News to social media platforms that rely on this expertise.
Many Laurentians have used their personal experiences, research, and creativity to build their businesses, carving out new spaces and making room for new ideas. Everything from Cannabis to Fitness, these alumni are making room for new business.
There is no shortage of experts in the business and finance world who also identify as Laurentians. It is one of the reasons St. Lawrence’s New York City Semester—not limited to finance—can be transformational for those getting a foot in the door. These are just two of the hundreds of examples of young alumni excelling at work and serving as role models for how to keep St. Lawrence competitive in the marketplace.
The Great Outdoors
Equally entrepreneurial, there are those Laurentians whose idea of the “office” is hosting a wedding on a classic sailing sloop, sustainably harvesting salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska, or digging up delicious potato varietals while restoring North Country soils. The outdoors in every Laurentian is not an accident; these examples show how the business of the outdoors comes with great responsibility.
Advocacy in Action
Laurentians do not seem to shy away from complex challenges, and those working in public policy or advocating for change to enhance the lives of others are part of a growing community of alumni.
You’ll find young Laurentians competing in the Olympic games. But did you know they’re also coaching at all levels, working in management at the professional level, or using sports to engage underserved communities and expand the love of sports to new audiences?
Ending on a High Note
Laurentians are no strangers to the arts. Whether in fine and visual arts, time-based media, creative writing, or performing arts, each generation has their breakout stars.