On Wednesday night, June 26th, the four LAdies (yes!) of the bridge program went to the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants. We went to the game with our program directors Brittany, Jen, Adam, and J, as well as a bunch of J’s friends, Braelinn’s boyfriend Nick, and Brittany’s father too. As soon as we got to the game Justine, Sarah, and I bought LA Dodger baseball hats so that we could fit in with the crowd. One of the highlights of my night was being able to talk with Brittany’s dad about what it was like growing up in California. His demeanor was so welcoming and I learned a lot about the Dodgers that night thanks to him. Once the game got started I ordered my Dodger Dog and went to sit in my seat along with everyone else. From that point on there was a lot of cotton candy, cheering, participating in the wave, discarding peanut shells all over the ground, and laughing at the different things going on all around us. Another highlight was seeing two Elon undergrads on the Kiss Cam, watching the guy try and go in for it just for fun, and seeing him get denied by the Elon girl. It was entertaining to say the least! I am really glad I participated in this Elon Event and I can’t wait to go back again soon with some of my other friends living in Los Angeles.
The Elon University Student Professional Development Center is excited to announce the 2nd year of the bridges program. bridges is a 9-week program that runs from early June through early August for recent graduates interested in launching their careers in Los Angeles.
Participants in bridges also qualify for an academic internship that could lead to full-time employment. There is an on-site career advisor available the entire 9 weeks to assist with the job and internship search, including activities that will help students acclimate to the city and become part of a new community.
Moving to a new city can be intimidating, but thanks to the Elon bridges program and the transition strategies we’ve developed, our graduates are finding their way and settling in Los Angeles.
This past week, 8 recent graduates arrived in Los Angeles to begin their own bridges experience. Check back frequently for updates from our participants about transitioning to city life, networking with the community, starting their careers, and learning to thrive after college, both personally and professionally.