Begin with introductions – who you are, your connection to CSB/SJU, brief description of employment position or grad school attending.
Explain the purpose of the contact – CSB/SJU Admission has created a new program for alums to communicate with incoming students for them to have a resource and Bennie/Johnnie connection before they even arrive on campus.
Get to know the student and find commonalities by asking lots of questions:
“How was your high school experience?” (May want to comment on graduation, or the absence of ceremony).
“I see you’re interested in (academic program)….what has led you to that area of study? (If a student is undecided, ask what they think their strengths are)
“Have you thought about a career path or are you still exploring?”
“What activities have you been involved with outside of the classroom?”
“Which of those will you pursue at CSB/SJU?”
“What are your plans for the summer? Work? Travel? Sports? Music?”
“What led you to enroll at CSB/SJU?”
“Have you visited the campuses, and if so, how long ago?”
“What do you hope to get out of your college experience?
Topics for discussion as they apply to you and the student’s interests:
A brief description of your CSB/SJU experience, and why you chose CSB/SJU
How the Benedictine values shaped your growth as a student and alum
How CSB/SJU helped you develop the skills necessary to be successful in your current position (critical thinking, problem solving, speaking, etc.)
Opportunities for faculty interaction
Opportunities for research
Career exploration and internships
Topics to avoid unless they bring it up:
Family (other than to ask if they are a legacy and had other family members attend CSB/SJU).
Religion (other than to point out the Benedictine values and how they shaped your college experience)
Financial aid (refer them to the Financial Aid Office or to Carol Gadd-Marshall at [email protected]).