Professor Jessica Vanderlelie

Professor Jessica Vanderlelie

La Trobe University

Expertise: alumni, health, student success


Blog Posts

  • ALTF Student Success Series | Beyond Time, Talent and Treasure: The case for transforming alumni engagement in Australia

    1st April 2019

    Student success blog

    As part of our Student Success Blog series, ALT Fellows contribute to the conversation on sector wide issues around student success in higher education. In our latest post, Professor Jessica Vanderlelie shares her insights on transforming alumni engagement in Australia.

    As thousands of new students start their degrees at universities across the country, graduates from the 2018 cohort, are finding their way in a world vastly different from the campus they called home. The graduate transition is arguably the most daunting and laden with expectation. As Katherine Schwarzenegger so aptly wrote in her 2014 book, I Just Graduated Now What?(Pp. 5).

    “There were no feelings of great elation or relief among the many hugs and cheers. Instead, there was a feeling of total panic and paralyzing fear of the unknown. Picture a frozen smile on the outside melting into panic on the inside. Of course I was happy to be done with school, but I was in an unexpected state of shock. Every hug and congratulations on my graduation was complete with the question “What’s next?” The ink wasn’t even dry on my diploma”. Read more…


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