It's impossible to be bored on Alumni Weekend. Even when you don't have a job to do, there are alumni around who will tell you so many interesting stories. I spent a lot of time running around though, with one odd job after another. That part is really fun, too, especially if you can get a golf cart.
Psychobiology and chemistry
When these people were in grade and middle school, it was during WWII. Some of them went to Korea and Vietnam. They lived through so much together. People were crying and yelling when they saw each other. "Break out the wine," one woman said, "we're all alive."
They were good people, always happy. So many of them would say to me, "Let me tell you a story." And it was always interesting. No one was talking just to be talking. It was always some really cool stuff. They were fun.
Stephanie Appiah '10
50th class reunion valet
I have to say that no matter how many people I talked to or how much training I received, I had no idea what to expect going into Alumni Weekend. As a class valet, I stayed with the Class of 1957 the entire weekend, which in my opinion was a wonderful opportunity.
We all know that Swarthmore grads go out into the world and do great things, right? It's at least what every current student hopes when they think about what comes after Swarthmore. After this weekend, that security blanket got a lot thicker after seeing the amazing things that the Class of 1957 has done. While I was there, I received two alumni books from the authors, discussed the evolution of academia with an advisor of one of my Swarthmore professors when he was in graduate school, spoke with the lead proponent of increasing science education for women over the last several decades at MIT, attended a showing of a class member's sculpture, analyzed how to improve dorm lighting efficiency with an LED circuit specialist, heard a four-time Grammy award winner perform, and more. And that was just one class.
More than just seeing that success is possible after Swarthmore, working Alumni Weekend helped me ascertain how to pursue my goals. The alumni gave me recommendations and even some job offers - something they would do for any Swarthmore student - which is a true testament to the generosity of our greater community.
All in all, Alumni Weekend was hot, exhausting, and one of the most rewarding experiences I've had.