To kick off the sixth annual Alumni Weekend, four ESD alumni returned to campus and hosted a discussion panel for juniors and seniors.
Aubrey Meachum Connatser '94, Audrey Drew Wolfe '03, Stephen Swann '93, and Nick Boulle '07 spoke to students about their personal experiences at ESD and how it impacted their wide range of careers. With professions in very different industries, from real estate and family law to professional driving and mixed martial arts, each had a unique story behind their ESD experience.
"ESD is an incredible community that supports you in more ways than you know," said Audrey Drew Wolf '03. "Take advantage of that while you have the chance because you may not have that in college."
"I learned how to succeed gracefully [in this place,] but also failed in a place that supported me and taught me how to learn from that," said Aubrey Meachum Connatser '94. "That is invaluable."
Although they have such a wide range of careers, each of the alumni agreed on a key piece of advice for our students: hard work is key. "Follow the process, not the prize. There's no substitute for hard work," said Nick Boulle '07.
Aside from hard work, they reminded students of the importance of ethical decision making in their career - containing what they learn and practice here at ESD. "How you treat others matters. Your reputation starts now and affects your ability to do your job," said Stephen Swann 93. "You won't be remembered for your success, but if you were a good person or not."
Thanks again to Aubrey, Audrey, Stephen, and Nick for speaking to our students this week. We hope to see all of our alumni this weekend!