How to Show Support for Your Alma Mater

Veola Zeller By Veola Zeller, 15th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you appreciate the years you spent in college, you should consider giving back to your alma mater. Making a donation is an easy way give back, but we have some other ideas.


College years are when you learn and grow. As time goes by, it’s easier to realize how time spent in college shaped your personality, provided you with invaluable skills and gave you some awesome memories. It’s no wonder that a lot of people are nostalgic when reminiscing about their college years.

Consequently, it’s only natural to want to return the favor and support your alma mater after graduation. Donations keep universities going, so regular contributions make a big difference to your school’s budget. Donating money is only one way in which you can show your appreciation. We have some others you might want to consider. Read on.

Speak at a class

Give one of your former professors a call and ask them if they could use a guest speaker. If you have something valuable to say or some valuable perspective relating to the subject of the class, you can share your experience. Answer students’ questions and give them tips on how to make the best of their college years. Talk about life after graduation or your job search.

Join a local alumni club

One of the most effective ways to remain close to your university is to get involved with an alumni club or association. You can volunteer to organize events and network with other graduates.

Set up a scholarship in your name

Consider starting a scholarship. By setting up a scholarship you are not only donating money, but making sure that your contribution will go to a deserving student. It will be exciting and rewarding for you and for your recipient as well.

Use a university credit card

Show your support and pride by using a university credit card. These types of cards are designed to promote universities. When you use your card, the card issuer will make contributions to your alma mater.

Mentor students

By participating in a mentoring program, you make a graduate’s transition into the “real world” smoother. You will aid the student in their search for a career, give them advice and discuss job opportunities in their chosen field. You can even help them secure a job or internship. If you are a recent graduate, you may know how beneficial having a mentor can be.

Convince your employer to recruit on campus

If you work for a large company that recruits on college campuses, have them pay a visit to your alma mater. Set up a meeting between your college’s career services and your human resources department. This way, your employers can find quality recruits and students can indirectly benefit from your help.

Additional ways to give back

There are also smaller ways you can show support:

• Like or follow your university on social networks
• Go to homecoming
• Support your college’s sports teams
• Speak to prospective students, encourage them to visit the campus and apply for admission
• Proudly wear university apparel from time to time

Giving back to your alma mater is something all of us should do at one point or another. If you appreciate your college education, make sure to show your pride and support.


Alma Mater, Alumni Club, Job Search, Life After Graduation, Making A Donation, Mentoring Program, Students, University, University Credit Card

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author avatar Veola Zeller
Veola Zeller is a blogger based in New Mexico. Her many interests include sustainable living, gardening and romance books. Avid Need for Speed player.

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author avatar Jhon Marshall
18th Nov 2013 (#)

Luckily I am passed out.

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