Tag: alumni association

19
May

Recovery and Reform: An alum's journey back

Over seven years ago I co-founded the Northeastern University undergraduate chapter of SSDP. As a student in Boston during the 2008 election season, I was thrilled because also on the ballot that year was a vote on whether Massachusetts should decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Like many young people, I experimented with drugs in high school. While most of my

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19
May

The SSDP Family: So impossibly good. So impossibly weird.

I didn’t join SSDP while I was in college. I hadn’t even heard of it until far too late into my senior year. If I hadn’t been turned down for an internship during my first year of law school, I would have never co-founded my chapter, and joined a family that has changed my life. I always talk about the

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18
May

One Year Later: My Experience Transitioning from Student to Alumni Activism

It was almost one year ago exactly that I made that most anticipated walk, away from college and into the rest of my life. For me, like so many others, the bittersweet success of graduation was amplified by the thought of leaving behind my role as an SSDP chapter leader. I was more than confident in our chapter’s future, but

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17
May

You Think That Excuse Stands?

by A. Kathryn Parker ’06 I’ve heard every excuse in the book for not joining the Alumni Association. Most often, these excuses are flimsy at best. Here are the three excuses I hear too often, and why they’re wrong. “I don’t think I participated in SSDP enough as a student to be in the Alumni Association.” Did you do anything

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16
May

Kicking off our Alumni Association Spring Graduation Membership Drive

As the spring semester draws to a close, many students will be graduating and moving on from school to the next chapter of their lives. Being a part of an SSDP chapter is a defining part of many students’ college experiences, I know it certainly was for me! The recently launched SSDP Alumni Association aims to provide a framework for

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4
Apr

Meet the 2016 Alumni Association Leadership Board

Last month, the Alumni Association held its first-ever Leadership Board elections, electing an outstanding group to serve in the coming year. The Leadership Board is responsible for coordinating alumni activities and involvement on a regional and national level. Each region has a Leadership Board comprised of a President, Vice President, and Secretary (at least in theory – there are vacancies

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9
Feb

Run for a leadership position in the SSDP Alumni Association

It’s election season everywhere, even at the SSDP Alumni Association. It’s been a year since the inception of the Association, which means it’s time to have our very first Leadership Board elections. The first Leadership Board members were appointed by staff and other Board members. But their one-year terms are expiring, and they need to be re-elected or replaced. Here’s

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24
Jun

Participate in the SSDP Alumni Association program survey

Earlier this year, we launched the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Alumni Association to keep our activists engaged after they graduate. With over 130 members in 65 cities across the country, the Alumni Association continues to grow! Since the program is still in pilot phase, we’re seeking feedback from all SSDP alumni so we can make changes and improvements to

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15
May

24 signs you’re an SSDPer

Today is the last day of our spring SSDP Alumni Association membership drive! Each day this week we’ve featured blog posts from our alumni, be sure to check them out. Being a part of Students for Sensible Drug Policy is a truly unique, life-changing experience. So, last week I asked a few of our alumni to help me come up

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15
May

Advice for new grads: Making the most of networking and first impressions

As many students are graduating this spring, they’ll enter the professional world for the first time. There’s a lot of advice out there for new grads, but let’s start with something relatively easy – networking! 1. Learn how to remember names and faces.  The best piece of advice someone ever gave me about trying to remember names is, ”Just try.”

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14
May

School’s Out: Staying Involved with SSDP After Graduation

You just graduated, or are graduating soon, and you find yourself wondering whether you still have a place in Students for Sensible Drug Policy now that you’re no longer a student. Due to the organization’s name, many wonder this. But have no doubt, even after you’re no longer a student, you’re still a part of SSDP. In fact, I became

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13
May

Rob and Casey: An SSDP Love Story

Written by Rob Pfountz, Heartland Region Vice President, SSDP Alumni Association As a proud member of the SSDP Alumni Association, I imagine that my fellow alumni can look back fondly on their early collegiate dating lives and some of those cringe-worthy awkward moments. Surely each of you can recall at least one evening when that cute prospect lost their appeal

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12
May

The many benefits of staying connected to SSDP after graduation

As you’ve probably heard, this week is SSDP’s first-ever Alumni Association membership drive! I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this, not just as the President of the Northeast region of our Alumni Association but as someone who’s been an active alum since before we had an official association. In my short time since graduating from UConn in 2013,

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11
May

Spring Alumni Association Membership Drive

As the spring semester draws to a close, many students will be graduating and moving on from school to the next chapter of their lives. Being a part of an SSDP chapter is a defining part of many students’ college experiences, I know it certainly was for me! The recently launched SSDP Alumni Association aims to provide a framework for

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12
Feb

Announcing the SSDP Alumni Association!

Today we’re so proud to announce the launch of the new Students for Sensible Drug Policy Alumni Association! Tens of thousands of people have been involved with an SSDP chapter since our founding in 1998, and the Alumni Association provides a structure for these folks to stay engaged with the SSDP network and to continue working to end the War

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