The 3rd Annual Alumni Weekend
First and second year WISE RP students will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions in small group settings to get to know WISE RP alumni. Each year current students rave about how much they have learned from the alumni and had positive experiences.
"It was really cool to hear their experiences here at umich, and very reassuring as well. These women had ALL gone through it, faced many of the same challenges we did, and came out on top on the other side. It was also very empowering to hear how they did with real life obstacles like sexism, a negative inner voice, and balancing life and work. It really shows me that I can do it, despite people maybe asserting that it would be too hard for me to do so. They also really inspired me to take classes outside of engineering; I had been wondering about the benefit of doing so, and these women had an overwhelmingly positive experience doing so. Thus, I will sure try to take more classes outside of STEM.
About the fact that no matter how hard you feel you have failed, you can and WILL conquer it all. When Dr. Amira May Woodruff spoke about her absolutely horrible exam experience (barely waking up in time, spilling pop all over herself, etc...) it showed me that, one: I am really happy that has not happened to me **yet**. And two, that no matter how bad it may seem, I will be able to bounce back from a, seemingly, impossible and horrible situation." -Ana Timoficiuc
Dr. Amira May Woodruff
I had a wonderful time participating in Alumni Weekend. What an amazing experience to be in the presence of all of these young women who are striving towards greatness. I appreciated the opportunity to be able to share with them information that I felt I would have found helpful when I was in their shoes. They all had such thoughtful questions; and I cannot wait to see the great things they will do in the world in the future.
After spending all four years of my undergraduate career with WISE RP, speaking with current students during Alumni Weekend was an incredible way to give back to the community. It gave me the opportunity to share my past experiences as well as what I've learned after reflecting on my time at Michigan. I hope by sharing my story, current students will remember that everyone struggles at one point or another, and it is 100% okay to ask for help and to step back and take time for yourself.
The WISE RP Alumni Weekend was a great experience for me (and hopefully for the current WISE RP woman). I really enjoyed chatting with current students informally over lunch learning what has changed and what has not changed since I graduated. The highlight of the event for me was the panel discussion. I had a ton of fun sharing insights, reflecting on my college experiences, listening to the perspectives of other alums, and hearing (and hopefully assuaging) the anxieties of current students. The students were incredibly engaged and the other panelists were impressive, which made for a great event.
It was great to come back to the WISE program and see how the newest group of students is adjusting to university life! I believe my perspective as a recent graduate and current Masters student allowed me to provide direct insight into many of the problems and worries the students were having. I am also so glad that I had the opportunity to expose this cohort to Public Health and Epidemiology, career paths that I feel are often overlooked or simply unknown to students. Overall, Alumni Weekend was a great opportunity and I hope I was able to empower the current WISE RP students to stand up for themselves and pursue all of their goals, big or small!
2017 Alumni Weekend
Here is what our 2017 Alumni Team had to say:
- "Returning to WISE RP was a fantastic experience. Being able to give real answers/advice about what happens after college truly made an impact on the girls. I was able to prove through my experiences that the moments in college that feel crippling turn out to be the best moments for your future!" -Stephanie Pierce
- "Alumni weekend was a great opportunity for me to give back to the community that shaped much of my college experience. I was able to share what I learned during my college experience and give advice I wish I heard as a freshman/sophomore. It felt so good to know I was helping the community. Several students have reached out to me over the past few months with additional questions about what comes after college, and it feels great to know I can still help WISE members, even after graduation." -Alicia Speck
- "Having the opportunity to speak to some of the women in WISE during Alumni Weekend blew me away. They were so strong and had gone through so much to get to where they were, they gave me hope--not just for the future of the STEM fields but the future in general. I'm still not sure how much of an impact my words may have had on them, but I am sure that as long as the WISE RP family continues to grow with such talented and driven individuals, each of its members will continue to succeed, not matter what obstacles they may face." -Maria Mate-Kodjo