The Alumni Connection

Life after UC, Examined

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21 September 2016
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Life Beyond Bars

  by Marieke Liem (class of 2004), author of  After Life Imprisonment: Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration   “I just felt isolated, like, you know, I felt as if I was placed in a foreign country, I didn’t know anybody, nobody knew me, I didn’t know my position, my role. You know, there was […]

8 September 2016
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Using Excellence as an Equalizer

by Maria van Loosdrecht (class of 2013) As I sat in the auditorium at the start of my first year, somewhere in the front, to the right, next to one of my intro-sisters, I listened carefully to the welcoming speech. During this talk the word “excellence” was used with reckless abandon. When I walked out […]

2 September 2016
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Inaugural editorial

Dear Reader, Welcome to the newest creative platform of the University College Alumni Association! The Alumni Connection is a space for UCU alumni to reflect on life at UC and post UC, to share stories, experiences, and opinions. Through this platform, the UCAA wants to see you – us – all connect and reminisce about […]

2 September 2016
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University Colleges in the Netherlands: a Typology

by Myrte Vos, class of 2012 [WARNING: the following was written with tongue wedged firmly in cheek. If, at any point, you’re in any way offended, stop being offended and go do something else.]   Way back in 1998, Utrecht University opened the doors of the first undergraduate liberal arts college in the Netherlands. Everything […]

2 September 2016
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Adventures with Recon

Lessons on the Appalachian Trail By Maia Kenney, Class of 2012 I’ve not been satisfied lately with my answer to the question “Where are you from?” …”I’m from Colorado”, I would reply; “but I’ve been living in Indiana for the last few years…well, four, if you must know.” To sum up my citizenship alone takes ten […]

1 September 2016
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#Feminism vs #YOLO

Do UCU communication skills translate well to most social situations? By Paula Kaanders, class of 2013 I’m sitting behind my desk reanalyzing data I collected last year for what must be at least the twentieth time. In other words, I’m mindlessly stuffing myself with Maryland chocolate chip cookies, while looking at my phone every 3 […]