Program seeks to ‘bridge’ gap to big cities for grads
By Mallory Lane
Elon Bridges is the newest program helping recent graduates make the transition from life in the Elon “bubble” to life in the real world.
Career Services Fellow and New York Program Facilitator Ashley Pinney, said the program is helpful to graduates hoping to make the move to a big city.
“In cities like New York and Los Angeles where it can be competitive, we want to help our students kind of bring them to the next level and make them more competitive applicants,” Pinney said.
Senior Rebecca Smith is one of the eight soon-to-be-graduates participating in the New York Bridges program, and she said it’s more than just a chance to land that dream job.
“I don’t know if it will actually help get the job as much,” Smith said. “I think it will help make New York a home.”
The overall cost of the program is $4,200. That covers housing, one credit of tuition, seminars on personal finance and programming costs like sports and theatre.
“When I first heard about it, I was like oh my gosh, I need to do this,” Smith said. “Then I started looking at the price tag and I was like, ‘Uh maybe.’”
But she said that ‘maybe’ has turned into a definite ‘yes.’ Smith was accepted to the program and plans to head to New York after graduation.
“I’m hoping to build a community, a support system, in New York in those first few weeks so I’m comfortable,” Smith said. “From then on out and I can truly go be on my own but still know who to turn to if I need help with something.”Explore posts in the same categories: Uncategorized comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.