Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Speed Networking with College Students


The other weekend I was down in sunny San Luis Obispo (albeit it was a bit rainy that day). I sit on the English Department Advisory Board for the university of Cal Poly, and as almuni from Cal Poly as well, my wife and I love going down to SLO every chance we get. Last weekend, we had the opportunity to speak to over 50 English students about pursuing various careers in writing after they graduate.

Needless to say, we had a blast. Speaking both to groups and one-on-one with students, the speed networking conference helped us give each student the information they were hoping to learn. As both a Tech Writer (by day) and a Fiction Author (by night), I really enjoying emphasizing to students that they can truly use their English degree to become whatever they want. Other alumni present also shared their experiences in everything from UX writing to teaching, and more.

I truly enjoy giving back whenever I can, both to my alma mater and to other local schools in our area. I find that the more I can give of my time, the more fulfilled I feel. Even with the effort of juggling kids, a career, writing, and all the other things that come along with today’s modern, busy life, it’s something I definitely intend to keep doing as long as I can.


12 comments:

  1. Good for you! The students will really benefit from your expertise as well.

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    1. I hope so:) It was definitely a fun time as well:)

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  2. Hi Mark - sounds like a great project and ongoing set up - both for students and those who help ... you'll be learning lots from them too - but your knowledge will be of value as their careers take off - great to read ... cheers Hilary

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    1. That's a very good, point. I continue to learn things myself as well :)

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  3. I think it's wonderful that you do this. And I agree: helping others find their way is very fulfilling. This will be very beneficial in their lives.

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    1. I enjoy doing it. It's funny how doing good for others does good for ourselves as well:)

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  4. Good for you! I can only imagine how beautiful that campus must be.

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    1. It is a stunning campus. A great university too:)

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  5. How do you do it all?! I also enjoy volunteer work, whether it's about writing or serving food. It does feel good to know you're helping- if even just a little bit.

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    1. It definitely can take some juggling, but it's always worth it. :)

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