03 Feb Building relationships that go beyond the school environment – Transylvania College Alumni
The moment Transylvania College students turn high school graduation tassels from the right side of their cap to the left, they become alumni, they close a chapter in their lives that hold so many memories and open a new one: the university experience. For some graduating high school and leaving the “home” they have known for four years or even more is a time of enormous change. Differences include new university staff, the ways in which subjects are organised and delivered, a greater load and more sophisticated research, requirements, and not in the least the lack of family environment.
Starting a new life away from the loved ones is a big transition; it is the transition to adulthood. Being in their first year of university and haven’t been away from high school for a full year, Transylvania College was visited twice by their alumni, generation 2015.
In spite of the little time they had to spend with their families and the commitments to visit their friends and relatives, Transylvania College graduates made time to visit us on December while they were back home for the winter break. It was the second time when they responded to our invitation. If in September, right before their departure to their chosen universities, they talked to their younger colleagues about the importance of early preparation for the admission process; this time they have informed our students what it means to be a student in UK and Romania.
The visit of our alumni had not only a great impact on our high school students, but also on our graduates and school staff members as well. Coming back to school after several months of university gave them a feeling of happy nostalgia which made them reflect on all the big changes that they overcome in this short period of time since they left Transylvania College.
While sharing their student’s experiences, the school staff realized how much they have grown up since their graduation and that one of the greatest work satisfactions in a school environment is to keep in touch with former students and be proud of their personal and professional accomplishments. So far our alumni have proved to us that even if they left Transylvania College, they want to keep close relationships with the school’s staff and contribute to their younger colleagues’ university success. This is such a rewarding experience and proves that the academic relation established with a student doesn’t stop in the last year of high school, but goes beyond the school environment, continues at the university level and maintains throughout one’s life.