We’re Half Way There

photoThis weekend we officially hit the 1 month mark in the program…1 down, 1 to go. To celebrate how far we’ve come we gathered with a few alumni and the Cornelia Street Cafe in the Village for a lovely little brunch! We ate until our hearts content and chatted away about the progress everyone is making, the fun we’re all having and the challenges we’re facing. As usual our alums were able to provide great insight.

Enjoying our meal.

Enjoying our meal together.

There was even a little musical performance from some of our multi-talented participants!

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Tyler and Todd’s newest hit “I need a J-O-B” accompanied by Kate on piano

Everyone left feeling quite full and positive that big things will be happening in the next month!

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A Journey Through Time

On Friday the group took an INCREDIBLE journey through the past at the Tenement Museum. We spent two hours learning about and discussing the hard times that immigrants faced as they made a life for themselves in New York City with big dreams just like the bridges participants. The tour took us right through one of the first tenement buildings in New York City, up the stairs to the apartments of some of it’s residents where we saw exactly how they lived. It was important for the bridges participants to not only discover the history of the city they will now be calling home but to hear the residents’ moving stories of hope and resilience. This was a strong reminder that when you are determined to achieve your dreams, you can turn them into a reality. Hopefully this has reinvigorated each of them as the search continues!

the whole group outside the tenement museum on the lower east side

the whole group outside the tenement museum on the lower east side

Final Dinner

Created by: Ashley Pinney, bridges to NYC Coordinator

Last night the bridges program finished with a final dinner at the apartment of two Elon alumni, Karen Hartshorn and Shelley Russell. We were joined by three other alumni, Rebecca Smith, Alexandra Johnston, and Sam Emrich. The alumni talked to students about their experiences in NYC and their personal journeys in finding a job.

Sam talking with students

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Lots of food!

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Goodbye, everyone!

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Visit to Ketchum

Created by: Ashley Pinney, bridges to NYC Coordinator

Yesterday Nicole, Lauren, and I visited Sam Emrich, a 2012 Elon alumna who works at Ketchum. Ketchum is a public relations and marketing agency with offices all over the world. Sam talked about her experiences moving to NYC and what it is like working in the PR/Marketing industries.

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Apartment Visits: Upper East Side

Created by: Ashley Pinney, bridges to NYC Coordinator

Yesterday students and I visited 2 apartments of Elon alumni in the Upper East Side. Sarah Oldham showed us her apartment first and then we walked down to Sam Warren, Kim Jackson, and Liz Passannante’s apartment. Both places were beautiful! The alumni talked to students about subleasing and the process they went through to get their apartments.