#TartansofCMU Share Personal Stories Via Social Media
By Laura Kelly
Carnegie Mellon University’s Class of 2018 is united by curiosity and driven by passion. These #TartansofCMU are thinkers, doers and explorers heading into the world to forge new ground and implement new ideas that will benefit humankind.
In the days leading up to graduation, Carnegie Mellon asked these #CMUgrads about their time at CMU, their future plans, and the advice they want to pass onto the next generation of students on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Congratulations to all of this year’s graduating students who are joining the more than 110,000 CMU alumni.
"My favorite memory from my time at CMU is when I went to the National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Memphis with a group of 6 classmates from the Master of Arts Management program. We learned a lot, did some great networking, and ate some delicious BBQ.” - @bethasketches #TartansOfCMU #CMUgrad
"I have two pieces of advice. First, is to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. My future boss says "It's always Day One," meaning it's always time to learn, to fail, and to aim high. Comfort is complacency, and complacency is the enemy. Never get comfortable, and always look for the next step in your journey. Second, don't bother following the road less traveled; pave your own way, instead! Think beyond the classroom, beyond the lab, and beyond the stage. Find the issues that matter to you and use what you learn to solve them. Don't try to find the answer; be the answer!” - @i_am_arya #TartansOfCMU #cmugrad
"My favorite CMU memory is co-founding the Figure Skating Club my freshman year and watching it grow for four years. This spring we became the youngest team ever to host an intercollegiate competition, and I couldn't have thought of a better way to end my collegiate skating career than by representing CMU on home ice." - @jenniferlott87 #TartansofCMU #CMUgrad
"My favorite memories from my time at CMU are of my trips with CMU Global Medical Brigades over spring break. During the trip, everyone took their mind off of their schoolwork and focused on completing the public health project and helping the clinic run efficiently. It was an amazing experience to be a part of a group filled with such dedicated and passionate people.” - @gnat.chen #tartansofcmu #cmugrad
“Do something that you love, and don't be afraid to explore. Pursuing English in addition to my major in Biology has given me a creative sink, new perspectives, and another family on campus. CMU has so much to offer, and the more room you give yourself to seek out opportunity, the more enjoyable your experience here will be. There is no "right way" to do college, so make the most of your time here and make it your own.” Advice for the incoming class from #cmugrad @apekshatal #tartansofcmu
“My favorite memories from my time at CMU are from when I was working with my peers, community members, and health care professionals, to set up free medical clinics in Nicaragua and Panama. I've been involved with a student organization called Global Medical Brigades since my freshmen year. Every spring break we travel to a Central American country to help run a free medical clinic and complete a public health project. Throughout the year, we collect medications and hygiene supplies at a local pharmacy to help stock our clinic. Its always so rewarding to see how our hard work pays off when we go in-country.” - Fred Mun #tartansofcmu #cmugrad
“My advice for the incoming class is to continually make sure you are doing what you love to do. None of this is worth it if you don't love what you're doing. I also would advise future CMU students to take advantage of being surrounded by such amazing, passionate, and talented people. This is one of the few time periods in your life where you have immediate access to friends and mentors that will likely end up shaping who you are as a person.” - Katie Hanson #cmugrad #tartansofcmu
“I think that one of my favorite things from CMU is not so much a moment but a collection of moments that I have spent with my RA staffs. I have been in Residential Education for the last 4 years, and the opportunities that I have had to not only watch my friends and residents grow, but to be challenged and grow myself have been invaluable. I truly believe that my best friends have come from ResEd and it's an experience I can't be thankful enough for.” - Rob Stephens #tartansofcmu #cmugrad
“My biggest piece of advice (to the incoming class) is to work hard not only on schoolwork, but also on relationships. Your education at CMU will be incredible, but even everything you learn will pale in comparison to your peers who are doing and will go on to do amazing things that impact societies here and everywhere around the world.” - @franzwrivera #TartansofCMU #CMUgrad @heinzcollege @heinzcdri