Connecting With The Stars

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Connecting With The Stars
Joanna Kristine Ninal, Staff Writer

It is no surprise if students question what will happen to them after graduation. Right now, everyone seems to focus on the goal of graduating, but after that can be a mystery.

These "what if" or "maybe" questions are normal to have, especially if one is thinking about the future. The thought of applying for internships and jobs can be overwhelming, especially if one does not have someone in their field to talk to. Although there is uncertainty in the future, Kean University alumni at Networking Night of Stars can help guide and direct students onto the right path.

Every year, the Kean University Alumni Association hosts a Kean Alumni and Student Networking “Night of Stars” where students have a chance to go around to talk to multiple people from diverse fields and different academic experiences. Interact with these successful alumni and network with professionals from varied industries, including Fortune 500 companies in the tristate area on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 6 to 8:30 p.m. This event with these fantastic people will take place in the North Avenue Academic Building (NAAB) sixth floor.

Attendance is complimentary, but registration to attend the event is required since seats will be limited. If one wants to attend, they must register by Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 at

The purpose of the Alumni Association is to promote the growth, status and mission of Kean University. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions about obtaining internships and how to jumpstart one's career. In fact, students are encouraged to ask alumni questions regarding life after graduation, particularly how to obtain a job offer or an internship.

The event will incorporate a “speed-networking” format, which will resemble a speed-dating session. This is a great opportunity for students to interact with experienced professionals,  so students can speak to alumni in the room representing many different industries. Having a professional network can help expand one's social circle and control the anxiety or confusion after graduation.

In addition to the alumni, there will be guest speakers attending the event. Everyone can expect to meet and see Vice President, Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch, class of 1995, Patricia M. Barksdale; Founder & Executive Director, Bright Futures Club, Inc., undergraduate class of 2010 and graduate class of 2011, Linda Baron; and Senior Vice President of CNBC, class of 2006, Steve Fastook.

To register, visit the Kean University Alumni website. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office by calling 908-737-ALUM (2586) or emailing

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Joanna Kristine Ninal, Staff Writer

Joanna Kristine Ninal is an English education double major with minors in Asian and Chinese studies. Ninal works as a Staff Writer for The Cougar's Byte since fall 2016. Ninal loves to play video games, such as “Overwatch” and “Final Fantasy XIV”, as well as create projects such as videos, stories and scripts in her free time. She loves to read and write, especially dramatic and romantic themes in young adult literature like the Harry Potter series and the To All The Boys I've Loved Before series. Her goal in life is to be an English teacher and travel around to teach in countries such as Japan, China and South Korea.