Welcome SLC Alumni!
There’s an old saying: “If you want advice, ask for money. If you want money, ask for advice.”
Well we’re doing both, because we believe that the students who are following in your footsteps at St. Lawrence College can benefit from BOTH your financial support, and your wisdom.
Please take a few moments to share your advice with the students who have followed you. It can be as simple as what courses you wish you had paid more attention in, or how to smooth the transition from school to work. You have a wealth of experience to share, so please do!
In turn, we’ll share your advice with our students. We’ve created a display on each campus, and in addition to displaying your messages electronically on this site and through our social media, we’re going to post a few for the passing parade.
Are you willing to also show your financial support with a gift to the SLC Alumni Fund? Making a gift is easy and secure. We created the SLC Alumni Fund to be the rapid response vehicle to support our students and our programs – ensuring the success of both. Please consider being a part of a new legacy for the students who will follow you, and make a gift today!
Graphic Design 2005
The Graphic Design Program provided the fundamental skills, and experience I required to apply myself within the industry. One of the most important practices I learned here was continued learning. Applying the core skills and techniques to multiple areas of my professional experience has allowed me to accommodate a larger market and subsequently create my own business doing it.. If I knew then .. I would have focused less on my predetermined preferences, and more time challenging them.
Business Management 1992
Embrace the journey. Life takes twists & turns. Seek the benefit & learning experience in everything you do. When I was a student, I always tried to excel, and thought my life would be the path I set out, however changes and circumstances happen and sometimes lead to new and better opportunities. You have to be flexible and embrace the skills you have & continue to embrace new learning experiences. Pay it forward. Give back when you can, be it in a financial way or as a volunteer. Remember those that supported you and the mentors you met along the way, and be the inspiration for those who follow.
Business Administration - Finance 1970
A college diploma may get your foot in the door in your chosen field, but as I found out early you need a degree or designation to be promoted. Not until I enrolled into the CGA (now CPA) was I able to get better paying jobs. Things really change when you get married and have a family (more for women I think). I was also glad that I travelled in Europe for a year right after graduating as I certainly didn't have that privilege later. Also glad that I retired at 55 in a warm climate. Still go back to Ontario every summer as I really love Toronto.
Early Childhood Education (Distance Ed.) 2008
Don't be discouraged if you don't land your 'dream job' right out of college! In many cases, your 'dream job' might change several times, and may not even exist yet! Remember that the job market is very competitive and you may be up against hundreds of people for the job that you want. Set realistic expectations for yourself in this stage of your life. And don't expect to have the same career goals throughout your life, either. I was lucky enough to land a full-time job in my field before I graduated. After doing the job for several years, I realized that while I loved working in this field, I wanted to do it in a different way. I applied for my 'dream job' and didn't get it. About 5 years later, a new position at the same place opened up working in a similar role. I reapplied again and got the job this time. Now that I've been doing the job for about 8 months, I realize that THIS is my dream job- and it didn't even exist 5 years ago! Where it will take me, I'm not sure yet, but I'm glad I was open to trying out a new role and am excited to see what the future holds. So please don't be discouraged if you find yourself climbing the ladder to get where you want to get at first. The knowledge you will gain on your way there is worth its weight in gold.
Business Administration Finance 1978
As you start your career - be ready for a steep learning curve and absorb every bit of knowledge and wisdom that your fellow employees are willing to share with you. Continue to challenge yourself and be willing to be challenged - be that person who is a life-long learner!
Enjoy your future as much as you enjoyed your past.
Computer Engineering Technology - Microcomputers --COOP 2002
Stick with it. Stay focused, don't forget why you're in school. It might feel like a long time, like the end isn't coming. It'll get there, and there is plenty of time. Just enjoy the ride. Soak up as much information as you can.
Data Processing and Business Management 1985
I graduated from St. Lawrence College Cornwall campus from Data Processing and Business Management in 1985. My advice is to be prepared to keep learning and taking courses in your field. After 25 plus years in the workforce, I have had to adapt and learn new programming languages and multiple operating systems. Learning doesn't stop once you graduate.
Computer Networking & Technical Support 2012
I graduated in May of 2012 from the CNTS program. My advice is "be will to sacrifice today to have what others won't have tomorrow"
Nancy Moss Demac
I graduated from 1988 Nursing program , Brockville campus. Live in Connecticut and have completely enjoyed all the aspects of this great career! If you have joy in what you do ...then the tough days will keep you going back. Congratulations class of 2017
Practical nursing 2016
The hard work is worth it, stick it out, and you will be rewarded with an amazing career.
General Arts and Science Diploma 2013
There are lots of students who think they are not capable of great things. They think that going to college rules out careers such as medicine or law. Well I'm living proof that SLC grads are capable of great things. If you believe in yourself and put in the work then anything is possible.
School of Business 2006
Go to class. Wake up, eat breakfast and get there. Absorb everything. Don't let opportunities get away! This is the beginning of the rest of your life....
Police Foundations 2013
Don't give up on your aspirations. Stay determined and work hard. When something really matters to you, the obstacles you face and the time it takes to reach your goals make it all that much more worth it in the end. And finally, when you get to where you're going, don't settle. Keep learning, stay inspired.
Pre-Health Sciences 2016
Don't sweat the small things. Work hard and manage what you can.
Child and Youth Worker 2003
Kindness and integrity will win out in any opportunity. Don't be prepared to sell yourself at the cost of anyone else in spite your own hopes. Karma will come back and the facade will fade.
Legal office Administration 2012
Never give up on what you believe you should have. Set a goal and keep persuing it with a positive outlook knowing you will someday get what you deserve.
Business Administration - Human Resources 2004
Success in your career, personal life and in school is nobody's responsibility but your own. That means own it. Make every moment count and give it your all, no matter how small or insignificant the task. In school, make it your job to absorb as much as you can. You are there to learn and it is up to you to make this happen. Remember why you are there and take it all in. You will be surprised how the knowledge that you acquire in school can come into play later in life. In life, live each day to the fullest. Love those around you and never ever discount another person's value. All people deserve your respect and you do not know what they are going through. For your future career, go after whatever makes you happy and never settle for "good enough". You will spend so much of your future working, so you better make sure it's worth it. Get out there and work hard to get what you want. Opportunities rarely just fall into your lap without a lot of effort and obstacles. If you fail, get back up and try harder. Success is yours for the taking, you just have to know how to pick yourself up and fight harder for what you want. Finally, just remember, the world owes you nothing. If you want to be truly successful, you need to work hard and earn it. You cannot complain about the state of something if you didn't try to make it better. Success is for those who are willing to do what it takes to achieve it and we all have that potential in us, we just have to believe it and make it happen.
Industrial Maintenance Mechanic 1996
If you happen to take a trade course and it gives you the opportunity to get on-the-job experience, go for it. You will find a lifetime's worth of choices and different places to work as long as you are willing and able. Down the road it is known that there will be a lack of tradespeople to fill these jobs, so your future is NOW!
Health Information Management 2016
HIM is a very intense program. Prepare to work on projects almost every weekend and evening. Despite the hard work, this program is very rewarding and opens many doors. I couldn't imagine myself in a different field.
Lori Streight (Alguire)
Business Administration Accounting 1997
I want to share the fact that you should stick with your career goals after school. When I graduated I made more money going into factory work then taking a bookkeeping job. I should have stuck to it and would have been way better off today. Think about the big long term goals.
Business Administration- Human Resources 2014
Don't ever give up, and don't ever sell yourself short. Utilize school resources; I suffered from severe mental illness and without the medical network of St. Lawrence I could not have made it through. It still took 5 years, but I reached out later than I should have and I don't feel that any time was wasted. Trust yourself and stand by your decisions. Keep working hard and remember to take time for yourself and practice self love. If you don't back yourself up then no one will. Trust that those employed within SLC are there for your success. Good luck!!
Get out and see the world, follow your dreams. Work hard. Get whatever experience you can. Be true to yourself and your workplace. Make a positive difference. Help others along the way. Be open minded and kind to people.
Social Service Worker Program 2014
If I knew how much of a life changer that a college diploma could change my life I would have done it sooner. My best advice is to finish the program once you start it. Just Go
Industrial Management 1985
I graduated, from the 1985 Industrial Management program, at the Cornwall campus. My advice, and it is a mantra, (that I have continued to practice, for the past 32 years), is never stop learning, I have spent my entire professional career, in the manufacturing world, During that time, I have taken every opportunity, to continuously upgrade my knowledge and skills, earning three professional certifications, since graduation. Upon graduation, your journey is just beginning, You are our future, and I wish you all great success.
Computer Networking and Technical Support 2000
If you do an on the job training as part of your curriculum, pay attention and give it your all. This is your first real chance at making connections in your field and could lead to real job prospects.
Integrated Marketing Communications 2011
Do not give up on your dreams - it might be tough but YOU CAN DO IT! If you want to start a business, go for it. If your dream is to work for a certain company...don't stop until they hire you. Nothing is unattainable!