Volunteer Spotlight: Young Alumni Advisory Board
We asked Katie Robidoux, a new member of the Young Alumni Advisory Board, why she volunteers and stays engaged with the Northeastern community.
You say that transferring to Northeastern was one of the best decisions of your life. Why are you proud to be an alumna and what motivates you to stay involved?
I am proud to be a Northeastern alumna because I can honestly say I would not be where I am today, personally or professionally, had I not transferred to Northeastern. This university opened doors for me that I did not even know existed. I am motivated to stay involved because I believe strongly in the network of Northeastern and the breadth of experience it provides to students. A student graduating from Northeastern is fully equipped to manage the complexities of professional life, across all vocations and industries, and excel at doing so. I want to share my Northeastern experience with incoming students and fellow alumni, and work to continue to fortify the global, extensive, and diverse network this university embodies.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to travel and discover new places. I recently went to Iceland and got to see the Northern Lights! I enjoy running, golfing, spending time with my friends and family, and am a volunteer for the Big Sister Association of Boston. I also love all Boston sports. Go Pats!
As a new board member, what do you think is the best way to engage alumni? How can the YAAB act as a resource to alumni?
I think a great way to engage alumni is by showcasing the importance of the alumni network via various communication channels, such as emails (update your contact info) and exclusive social media groups (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter). It is always compelling to hear a story of two alumni that connected professionally simply because they are both Northeastern graduates. It is also important to highlight the evolving development of the university, as alumni are invested in the continued success of the school. I think the YAAB can act as advisors to alumni, and can exemplify the importance of remaining closely connected to the university. I believe the success of the school depends heavily on the close involvement and engagement, and the YAAB can act strategically to amplify this connection.
FUN FACT: What have you done that you are most proud of?
I ran the 2015 Boston Marathon for a charity that provides services to children and adults with disabilities.
FUN FACT: Describe yourself in 3 words.
Outgoing, loyal, adventurous