Monthly Archives: September 2015

Making the Most of Networking

One of our goals this semester is to offer more opportunities for our students to make connections.  With that, we’re switching from one large job and internship fair to smaller, more industry-specific fairs throughout the year.  This will allow students to network more and see what options are available to them, while still being in the comfort zone of their major. As we’ve discussed many times in this blog, networking, no matter how small and relaxed, can still cause anxiety for students.  Don Goodman from Careerealism has some wonderful tips to share for networkers.

  1. Set a realistic goal.  If it’s a large networking event, don’t be determined to meet with every single person.  Use the “quality over quantity” logic and have more meaningful conversations with fewer people.
  2. Be approachable. Networking is a two-way conversation. Be aware of your body language when meeting with recruiters, and don’t be afraid to make small talk while eating hors d’oeuvres. Of course, always remember to smile!
  3. Maintain rapport. Making small talk can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be work-related.  Maintaining rapport is simply keeping the conversation going and learning more about each other as professionals.
  4. Relax! Let the conversation evolve naturally. Giving off a relaxed vibe will feed into the second tip of being approachable. Keep in mind that a networking event or job fair isn’t a competition- it’s an opportunity for you to find quality connections.

To read all of Mr. Goodmans’ article and read his tips in depth, click here:


Alyssa Reimenschneider, Study Abroad – London


There is something magical about Southbank on a Sunday morning. Maybe it’s the people of all ages that line the street, dressed in leather jackets and old jeans, playing guitars and accordions and saxophones for their chance at some loose change tossed into an overturned top hat. Maybe it’s the colorfully graffitied backsides of art and theatre buildings, where low-capped teenagers flip their skateboards like pros. It could be the slightly salty breeze off the Thames that colors everything with freshness and fills the air with anticipation as you make your way down the crowded walk, taking in all the sights and smells and sounds of a busy hub of culture.


Feeling completely new, disoriented and ignorant in this vast city, I decided to try to familiarize myself with a part of it by taking advantage of CAPA’s first My Global Education event: a Sunday morning walking tour of Southbank, an artsy segment of London across the river from Big Ben and Westminster. We started off at Westminster tube station (another first for me), where we had a breathtaking view of the London Eye rising over the Thames. With Big Ben looming over our heads, we crossed the bridge towards Southbank, weaving through tourists with cameras and crowds watching men performing card tricks.


On the other side awaited a conglomerate of food, art and culture, a unique blend of historical and modern with a distinctly London taste. We passed stand after colorful stand of street food of all different varieties – paella, frozen yogurt, burgers, shish kabobs, even macaroni and cheese. And apparently, the variety of cuisine is constantly changing.

I was inspired by a large open-air book stand filled with rows of second hand books and by a group of artists on the bank of the Thames meticulously etching larger-than-life drawings into the sand. I was (rather unpleasantly) surprised by the living statues performing under the trees, men and women dressed and painted in full-body garb to resemble a tin man, or a tree, or an eerily levitating Yoda that jumped at me as I passed by. Others stood with giant nets, which they dipped into large buckets of soap. As they spun around, enormous glassy bubbles filled the air, drifting past delighted children’s fingers and distorting the form of St. Paul’s Cathedral across the Thames.


We passed multiple bridges, including the topsy-turvey bridge from the seventh Harry Potter movie, saw an eclectic mixture of new and old architecture from the other side of the river, and stopped to stare at the exact replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.


After the tour, as we wandered back the same way we had come, there were just as many wonders to discover as the first time around. They were little things, like logs carved into benches, children touching the large hands of statues, pubs shaped like carousels, and bright advertisements for musicals and late-night cabarets.

To me, it was like a festival that never slept, a wonderlandish flurry of activity, stimulus and life. I felt myself standing alone in a crowd of a million people, some of them musicians and actors, some of them writers and cooks, tourists and residents and workers following thousands of paths of life. I wondered how they all came to be here, together but apart in this thrumming corner of London. I wondered why they had come, and where they would go, and what my own path might be.

Casey Ayers, Carpenter Technology


My first few weeks at my internship have been awesome. Everybody has welcomed me in with open arms and have helped me in any way that I am in need of. My first impression on the culture was that it was a very friendly one. Everybody in my department knows each other on a pretty personal level, so everybody always asks and talks about things outside of work. The next thing I noticed was how casual of a atmosphere it is. Nobody here is wearing suits which is different than my past internship at Merrill Lynch. Most times people wear kakis with like a golf shirt, and it is a lot more comfortable.

My responsibilities include requesting drawings from engineers when orders are going to go out. From there, I package the orders and get them ready to be mailed out. I also run different reports each week and monthly so the buyers know where they need to improve upon, how much they have saved, their average days to pay, etc. I also file trucking receipts when orders arrive to Carpenter so they have them on their record. Then I have many other projects that my manager assigns to me.

I have a really good relationship with my manager. She is always available for the most part for me to stop in if I have questions about what she wants me to do or how to do a project. She really understands my commitments for basketball and school, and she has no problem letting me leave for meetings, review sessions, etc. My biggest knowledge that has helped me so far has been my experience with Excel. Taking SPI 260 at Albright has really helped me because everything I do involves working in Excel in one way shape or form. When I run reports, I have to create charts and v-lookups which I had no idea how to do before taking that class.

New Year, New Changes, New Beginning

Dont Be Afraid of Change

Many students feel a combination of feelings as they come back to school.  Although there is excitement, many students also feel nervous. First year students are nervous to change from high school student to college student.  Returning college students are nervous to change classes, roommates, or roles within a team or campus organization.  Professors are nervous to change classes and advisees. Finally, recent alums are nervous to be continuing their lives without the “back to school” moment as they pursue their professional goals.

Our office is also having a lot of new changes this year.  You’ll see new faces of students as part of the blog.  We’re also introducing Hangouts as a way to meet students in groups on campus, rather than through individual appointments in our office.  This summer we launched a new online platform called Purple Briefcase to help students find jobs and internships, plus it hosts a lot of great resources to help with career preparation.  Finally, we’re hosting smaller, more industry-specific fairs throughout the academic year, in place of our one large fair held in the spring.

Just as students, professors, and alumni are, we’re nervous about these changes, too.  But we’re also really excited to see how these new ideas benefit our students. A new year is a new beginning for all of us, and we know this will be a great year for everyone!

Alyssa Reimenschneider, Study Abroad – London


36,969 miles above the Atlantic Ocean, in a cramped airplane seat with strangers all around me, I realized how small I was. Over 3,000 miles from everything I’ve ever known and loved, with my feet finally on the ground in London, I never felt smaller.

When planning and anticipating my study abroad trip to London, I worried about the technicalities. I worried about packing the right clothes, having the right phone plan, making sure I could access money, getting to the airport on time, and knowing where I would be staying and studying in England. I even thought far enough ahead to worry about what transportation I would use to get back to Heathrow for my return trip to the States. I was overly worried about all the little details, but I was excited to be embarking on a new adventure in another country. I knew I would miss home, but I figured that when my plane landed in England, I would feel ecstatic and relieved that my journey was finally beginning.


I never thought I would be so sick to my stomach that all I wanted to do was head back to the airport and fly right home. But as cowardly and childish as that sounds, and as much as I didn’t want to, that’s exactly how I felt as soon as it sunk in that yes, I was really here, and there was no going back now. Yes, it was homesickness, and I know other people experience it in some degree whenever they make a change – when they move into a college dorm for the first time or spend their first night at sleepaway camp and have never before been apart from their parents. But what I felt was complete shell shock. I couldn’t believe what I had done or why I had talked myself into it. I had no idea how I could make it on my own in a strange, new country for the next three months, let alone the next day. I had an overwhelming urge to see my family, my home, my school, even my part-time job – anything that was familiar and safe.

I wanted to be brave, but all I could do was panic.


The next day, my first real day in the city, I did my best to set out with a hopeful outlook. I figured all I could do was start my routine, start living life in London, and hope to quell my panic with activity and excitement. I took the tube from my new home into South Kensington and the CAPA center. It was unfamiliar and intimidating, but sitting in my quiet seat in the carriage as the tube rumbled deeper into the city, I felt my first sense of comfort. The hustle and bustle of the station was jarring to my fresh unease, but the movement of the tube calmed my nerves, and I started to think that maybe I’d be ok.

My panic began to melt away when I arrived at the CAPA center to warm welcomes and when I ventured out to explore some of the city with my peers. We familiarized ourselves with Kensington, stopped for lunch at an amazing pizza place, and made our way to Hyde Park, discussing all the places we wanted to visit and the things we wanted to experience. Deep in the city, I began to feel the stirrings of excitement once again – I realized how much there is to see and do in London, and I remembered that those are the reasons I decided to travel here.


And when I’m strolling down the Thames, watching a play at the Globe Theatre, exploring all the museums I can, or finding the courage to take the tube one stop farther, I think I’ll gain back my old confidence, little by little, and be happy that I made the choice to take this opportunity. It might be overwhelming now, and I’m sure I’ll waver between my daring and my homesickness, but my hope is that my awe of London can grow enough to overcome my fear.


In time, I know it will.


Emily Reppert- Study abroad South Africa

This last couple weeks I have been doing a lot of work for classes so I thought I’d finally make a post about all of the educational things I’ve done in South Africa.
All of my classes this semester I picked because they’re not the typical classes I could take in America. It’s interesting to see how different classes are when the United States isn’t the center of attention and you get so many different country examples. I’m always default to historical examples from America so I think it’s cool to hear other country’s histories. It provides a unique perspective that is really educational.
My Transitional Justice class is my favorite this semester. The professor is amazing and really encourages students to learn more and think more critically about the world around us. She’s teaching us about the different kinds of justice and how they are applied in African situations like Apartheid, the Rwandan Genocide and the Gacaca courts, and the conflicts in the DRC and Sierra Leone. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I barely knew anything about these topics until this class which makes this class even cooler for me.
My history class is also very good. It is a mainstream class, meaning it is offered to local students and not primarily international students. This can be challenging as some things are in Afrikaans (most of it’s in English though which is really nice). This class is really cool and I’m learning some interesting things, (like De Beer, the largest diamond company, came up with the idea for using diamonds on engagement rings!)
Finally, my last class is LSCE (Learning Service and Community Engagement). This is a very unusual class as we don’t really have lectures but we as students give hour long presentations on appointed topics. On Monday’s we work with kids at Lynedoch primary school and help teach a class with arts and crafts and other games. I teach fifth grade (with a group of 3 others) which is challenging but can also be fun. Last Monday we had the whole class make cookies which they really enjoyed. 😀
Along with classes, there are many other things to do here. There are many museums and historic places to visit. Several weekends ago, some friends and I went on a sight-seeing bus tour and went to three different museums. We went to the South African Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the Holocaust Museum in Capetown. (Still on the list is the District 6 Museum). They were super interesting and I took a ton of pictures!

Now off to the Garden Route for my mid-term break! (How is it mid-terms already??)
-Emily R

Friends and I posing in the Super Jaws

Friends and I posing in the Super Jaws

Mwahaha my favorite shark- the cookiecutter shark

Mwahaha my favorite shark- the cookiecutter shark

Awesome quote by Mandela!

Awesome quote by Mandela!

Quote at the Jewish Museum

Quote at the Jewish Museum

Painting of Nelson Mandela

Painting of Nelson Mandela

Quote by Desmond Tutu (the Archbishop and head of the TRC) at the Holocaust Museum

Quote by Desmond Tutu (the Archbishop and head of the TRC) at the Holocaust Museum

Welcome Back!

Happy first week of class, Albright students! We hope you are enjoying the first few days of the semester.  We can’t wait to work with you and see where your path leads!