I was 500 miles away from home. My head was in a fog and my body felt heavy, hard to move. I entered the office of the physician who would guide a large needle into my abdomen, into the chest of my tiny 23 week old baby, and into his heart the size of… Read More Alumni Feature- Rachel Nusbaum (’01) | A JMU DIPLOMA AS A SIGN FROM THE UNIVERSE
Detours On Life’s Road R.E. Wagner I once read a few lines from writer Matthew E. Fryer who wrote that, “With every ending, a new beginning is defined.” It’s a quote that I’ve found pretty applicable to my life since graduating from James Madison back in 2012. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned since… Read More Alumni Feature- Eric Wagner (’12) | DETOURS ON LIFE’S ROAD
1,875 hours of service, 273 days and four disasters later– it feels like I’ve done it all. But at the same time, it feels as though my path to being an engaged citizen has just begun. Upon graduation from JMU, I decided to serve with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)… Read More Alumni Feature- Dina Manco (’16) | FINDING OPPORTUNITY ON A PATH LESS TRAVELED
Peg Helminski (’79M) Life and Career Coach at Coach My Growth, LLC Reinvent Yourself! Thursday, June 15th 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. (EST) In previous generations, people prepared for a single career. They expected to follow a fairly predictable trajectory such as junior accountant to accountant to senior accountant to partner or to remain in the same job… Read More ALUMNI WEBINAR- Peg Helminski (’79M) | Reinvent Yourself
As I sip my iced tea and finish up another post for RefreshingTalk.com, the blog that I created in 2010, I can’t help but think about the steps that got me here. I arrived on the campus of James Madison University as a freshman in the fall of 1987. I didn’t really know what I… Read More Alumni Feature- Denedriane Dean (’92) | HOW A MATH AND SCIENCE GIRL AT JMU BECAME A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGER
Until recently, I wasn’t sure “what I did,” “why I do it,” or “what the point is” – I graduated from JMU in 2010 with a degree in Finance. As a bright eyed 22-year-old with the whole world ahead of me, I did the only thing that seemed logical. In the fall of my senior… Read More Alumni Feature- Cameron Miller (’10) | WHAT IS YOUR WHY?
Embracing Change and Uncertainty By Nicole Martorana (‘07) Growing up, I imagined that my future career would just magically materialize, fully-formed and with a corner office and power pantsuit. As a SMAD student at JMU, my imaginings became more focused: attend a master’s program in film directing and pursue work on an independent film set… Read More Alumni Feature- Nicole Martorana (’07) | EMBRACING CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY