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s F E AT U R E D 38 Alumni kickstart students’ careers By Tyler McAvoy (’13) and Lee Ward Engaged alumni are teaming up with numerous JMU programs — including Career and Academic Planning and Freshman Advising — to help students reach their career and life goals. Tyler McAvoy shares examples of alumni networking, advising and mentoring students via the JMU Honors Pro-gram, the School of Media Arts and Design, the College of Business and more. Also, Lee Ward, director of the JMU Office of Career and Academic Planning, explains why JMU combines the one-on-one student advising experience with career planning. He says, “JMU’s advising philosophy is incredibly more powerful than just deciding which classes to take. It’s also about the why. The college experience is really about one decision — preparing you for your future.” More than a major 22 At JMU, faculty members, students and alumni know that earning a college degree is about more than landing a good job. The col-lege experience is about becoming an educated and enlightened citizen. It is a launching pad for a lifetime of learning. It is about improving oneself and about improving society. Begin-ning on Page 22, seven JMU students share their Madison Experiences and tell how JMU changed their present and their future. 14 My Madison: Studying in Germany By Morgan Robinson (’13) “A Study Abroad experience is so much more than actually studying; it’s living like you’ve never lived before,” says May 2013 graduate Morgan Robinson, who studied for a year in Germany through the JMU Junior Year in Munich Program. Her trip was funded through Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, a merit-based scholarship in the German Academic Exchange Service. A Modern Foreign Languages major with concentrations in German and French, Robinson is interning with a chef in Italy and writes a culinary blog. LO U N G E P H OTOG R A P H BY M I K E M I R I EL LO (’09 M); WA L L S T R EE T A LU M N I BY M AT T H E W WO R D EN; S T U DY AB R OAD CO U R T ESY O F MOR GAN R OB I NSON (’13) FA L L 2 01 3 1

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