|From: A. Kosakowski
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015
To: Van Scoter, Diane
Subject: Graduation Follow-up,
Hello Professor Van Scoter,
I hope your summer was enjoyable, especially since it’s nearing an end. I imagine classes are starting up again at UConn in the next couple weeks.I wanted to say thanks for being an awesome adviser. You were a valuable guide who challenged me, motivated me, and led me through graduation and into the working world. Having someone to reach out to who was knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and down to Earth was pretty sweet.
I remember talking to my friends about life after college. Some would complain about how they didn’t know how to find employers that were interested in their background, and that they didn’t know what they were doing after college. Most didn’t even know their adviser. This made me feel pretty privileged to have an adviser who was interested in and involved with her students’ success.
I wanted to let you know how much your help was appreciated. I also wanted to update you with my contact information so we can stay in touch in the future.
If you’re interested in hearing an update from my end: I’ve been working at my new job since June. I work for a software company that provides large hospitals with Electronic Health Systems.
It is challenging, and the lessons that I have found to be the most useful from college were those in time management skills, organization, and communicating effectively. I have an outlook calendar that is filled to the brim and I’m already expected to take charge of issues and lead discussions about topics that are still new to me. The projects we did as MEM students gave me some good experience in filling these roles. Senior design is a good example of one of these projects. We were required to do research on a topic and present it to those that may have have had more experience and knowledge on that topic. That’s pretty much exactly what I’m doing now on a daily basis.
The four years I spent at UConn in the MEM program were a blast. Given the option of going back and choosing a different major, I would still choose MEM every time. Having an MEM degree makes me feel pretty confident that I could demonstrate to any employer the many ways I could add value to their company.
May 2015 Graduate
UConn MEM Program