5 Questions to Ask Recent Alumni

As you reach out to recent graduates, here are some questions you can ask. I’m curious, what questions would you add to these?

Check out the article (from the archives) and stop back over to the blog here to comment! I’d love to hear from you. Most importantly, I’d love to know what you’re learning as you take a moment — perhaps right now — to reach out to a recent graduate. Today is a great day to check-in and encourage someone on his/her post-college journey! 🙂

Do These First: 3 Things Every Recent Should Prioritize After College

photo credit: InterVarsity

Life after college often feels overwhelming for recent graduates. It’s hard to know where to start. A few years ago, I reached out to a number of alums and asked them to share their advice on what to do first.

Here’s an article (from the archives) on 3 things every recent gradate should prioritize. It’s written for recent graduates, so feel free to pass it to your alums! 

More than the ideas in the article, I hope this post is an encouragement to send a text, make a call, or say a prayer for your recent graduates.

We need each other to stay faithful, and our former students need heaps of encouragement in this transition.

Will you take a quick action today to reach out to one or more of your alums? Let me know!

PS I’m curious what you would add to this article. What do you encourage your recent graduates to do first? Leave a comment on the blog here (below) – I’d love to hear from you!

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done? A podcast interview on life, start-ups and “after college.”

I recently had the opportunity to interview with Colleen Batchelder, the founder of LOUD Summit, a movement that exists to engage, empower and equip Millennials and Gen Z to change the world and be a light of hope.

In in the interview, I discuss themes of the book, but we also talked about business start-ups…and life — how we keeping putting one foot in front of the other to pursue faithfulness.

Check it out here.

If you listen until the end, you’ll get to hear my answers to the LOUD questions, which are the most fun!

  • What do you love most about life?
  • What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done?
  • When have you felt like an underdog?
  • When have you had to depend on God most?

Don’t forget to leave a comment below about what stands out to you most about the interview. Or, share your answer to one more of these questions above. Thanks for adding to the conversation!

What Your Seniors Need to Hear Before They Leave

Last week I had the honor of speaking via live video to two different groups of seniors — one in Alabama, one in Arkansas. They were wonderful groups of students, eager to launch into life after college, and they asked great questions at the end!

As I prepared to be with both groups, there was so much I wanted to say to encourage them. I often feel the tension of wanting to “bring the real” (transitions are hard!) while also leaving students with deep hope (God is good, and He has so much good in store!). 

My guess is you too are sharing parting words with your seniors (or will be in the coming days), and you may feel this tension. If you’re managing this tension right now or not sure what to say, here are some thoughts (from the archives) on what our students need to hear before they leave.

I’d love know, what’s one thing you make sure to share with students before they graduate?

Live Training Course!

If you viewed the last video post, then you know I have something super exciting I want to share with you! 

It’s a special, limited-time opportunity that I can’t wait to tell you about: a Live Training Course for practitioners (student affairs professionals, college ministers, and church leaders) who want to equip students to thrive after college.

Are you ready to take your efforts to the next level? I can get you there! Check the video below act quickly. There are only a limited number of seats and best time to lock-in is before 11:59pm ET this Friday, 4/19. 

For more details and to grab your seat, CLICK HERE.

PS One more thing — I’m including a special BONUS this week for those who register by this Friday night at 11:59 PM ET: a FREE Free One-on-One Coaching Session. This is a 50 minute session to discuss your unique context, strategize about next steps, and maximize all you’re learning in the The Live Training Course!

Secure your seat by the end of day on Friday for maximum savings on the course and this free BONUS! 

What are the most important topics to cover with graduating seniors?

If you’re looking to help students prepare for life after college, you may be wondering, are we covering the most important topics? Check out this short video that explains another free PDF you don’t want to miss!

Also, more exciting things coming…keep your eyes on your inbox! If you don’t already subscribe to updates, and you don’t want to miss out, make sure you sign-up today. Can’t wait to share soon about what’s coming!

For your free PDF of the Roadmap of Topics, click here.

To order copies of After College: Navigating Transitions, Relationships and Faith (InterVarsity Press), click here.

  • What’s your favorite topic to cover with students before they graduate?
  • What topic do you need more help developing?

Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

PS Stay tuned for more exciting things coming your way! If you’ve enjoyed these short videos/PDF giveaways, I encourage you to check out the free teaching series I gave away earlier this semester if you haven’t yet. This is a great time for a binge watch! Here’s the series:

How-to Run an Awesome Alumni Panel

One of the best ways to close the gap between what students expect and the reality they often face is to let them hear from those who have gone before them. Host an alumni panel! If you’re looking to move your efforts from mediocre to awesome, here’s a step-by-step guide.

Download this free PDF to avoid mistakes, remove the guess work, and learn my pro-tips on how-to host an awesome alumni panel!

If you’ve hosted an alumni panel in the past or you’re gearing up for one, I’d love to hear about it! Leave comment below.

For more free content, check out this recent post and subscribe above so you don’t miss what’s next!

Equipping Exercise & free PDF

In my last post, I promised some exciting, FREE stuff would be coming your way! These weeks are prime time for helping college seniors anticipate the transition ahead, and I want to help you maximize your efforts. 

In this short video, I describe an easy-to-replicate equipping exercise that you can try with your students as soon as this week. 

Click here for instant access to the PDF files I describe in the video.

This video clip is from a series of free teaching videos I released earlier this semester. If you missed those, I highly encourage you to check out the first one in the series called “Why Equipping Students for Life After College Matters & How You Can Help.” 

This special video is the first of several videos you don’t want to miss. Leave a comment and stay tuned! If you don’t already receive regular updates, subscribe (to the right) so you don’t miss out.

Rooting for you,

Erica

5 “Must-Have” Features of the Best Interventions to Equip Students for Life After College

I’m excited to share the second video in this series!

If you’re wondering where to start or what to works towards, this next video covers 5 “must have” features we should include in any intervention to equip students for life after college.

I also touch on the question of “Who is responsible for our college seniors?” I’m curious what you think about that question as well as what feature(s) you might be implementing or planning to work towards.

Leave a comment below the video and let me know!