Balance

This program is all about bridging the gap between college and the “real” world. Holistically speaking that encompasses a whole lot. The group has been hard at work not only applying to jobs, and visiting companies and hearing from professional panels but also getting a sense of what it’s like living in different neighborhoods and learning how to take care of themselves.

Living & Working in NYC Alumni Panel

Living & Working in NYC Alumni Panel

On Thursday we got the chance to meet up with Elon alum Corey and his wife Francesca who teach yoga and meditation. Way above the noisy new york city streets we learned how to find balance, literally and figuratively. At first we were a bit hesitant when the words acro yoga, partners and flying were being thrown around but we were soon working up a sweat and laughing a lot. We had a blast learning how to work with and trust each other to achieve some pretty challenging partner moves. Afterwards we all recognized the value of taking a break from the chaos and leaving the stress behind to care for our minds and our bodies.

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Striking a Pose!

 

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

The Begining

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The bridges group has been quite busy! They graduated from Elon just last weekend, packed up there belongings (some of us, myself included, probably bringing a few too many things with us) and moved to the Big Apple! We joined up with the Elon undergraduates interning in the city for the summer on Sunday for an all day bus tour of Manhattan, from the financial district all the way up to Central Park. Above is the whole group in Battery Park with Lady Liberty in the background welcoming us to our new home.

Big City Dreamers!

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A group of soon to be Elon grads are getting ready to make the move to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York after graduation. These eager young professionals gathered together Saturday morning for an all day bridges orientation to prepare for the move and get ready for the job hunt! This summer they will spend 9 weeks in intensive seminars on job search, personal finance, relocation information and individual career advising. There will be plenty of alumni and professional networking events as well as other exciting activities to report on, so stay tuned!

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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Networking at the Ginger Man

Created by: Ashley PInney, bridges to NYC Coordinator

Last night the bridges group had their second-to-last weekly networking event at the Ginger Man in Murray Hill. It is very popular bar and restaurant for young professionals. We had quite a variety of alumni join us for the event. Sarah Small, Nicole Ward, Brian Stoddard, Amanda Long, JB Bryant, and Carolyn Seras came out to talk with students.

Sarah and Lauren at the Ginger Man

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