I am putting pen to paper (read: putting fingers to the keyboardJ) to write about the experience of being a member of the core team at JSS Noida Alumni Association.
While in college I had the opportunity to work as an organizing member of Team Impetus and various other common interest groups which had put me in great networks beyond the boundary of the year of college. I have always appreciated the power of networks and crowds to pull in resources. (1)
It started with a decision, small of sorts. It was a decision to attend an alumni meet being organized by the college. I had no travel plans and decided to visit the college and meet some friends and teachers after a very long time. The function was organized in the lawn outside the girl's hostel (2), the attendees were served dinner and the program included song / dance performances by students and 3-4 usual speeches. In the last part of the program, the Alumni Officer, Dr. Ansari asked the current alumni core team to step up and call out the requirements of fresh volunteers for the alumni related initiatives. I was more than happy to volunteer for the team and full of enthusiasm as I could also see a couple of my good friends there which included +Vaibhav Agarwal.
With the most basic means, we jotted down all the names on a piece of paper and got the paper photo copied and handed a copy to each of the new volunteers as well as Dr. Ansari.
The journey wasn’t very eventful until we decided to take on the challenge of building a strong alumni base over the most commonly used social platforms and also have a group mailing list for sharing opportunities. We roped in many volunteers and worked on various ideas including web applications. (3) The ideas did require a lot of time and effort, and we were then at a relatively naive state. We put our best foot forward and organized an alumni meet while working on spreading the word on the digital platforms. The event did not turn out to be of the standard we had expected it to be (4) but we did manage to get out mathematics clear J. (5) We were bang-on on the projections we had made. This did give us all a better understanding of the opportunities we had at hand and also put us in a very open position with a lot of alumni who were eager to contribute but did not do so for the lack of a clear platform.
I will be posting about my experience with the college management a little later, when we made them aware of the power of a strong alumni network.
Today, we the JSS NAA core team has reached a juncture where we are open for new and enthusiastic volunteers, who are required bring in fresh energy and ideas into the initiative. I have highlighted some parts of the above text with a number enclosed in brackets. These are just a few examples of where the fresh synergies are required; the zeal and vigor on digital platforms, planning and resource management for events, brainstorming and channelizing reach-out initiatives through technical solutions, tackling management hurdles and working behind the scenes on building a great brand of the college and it alumni. Trust me, it is worth taking the time and effort, you wouldn’t get to blow a lot of air in an already full balloon!
I am still motivated towards the initiative and would appreciate participation from all batches that have passed out so far! Please feel free to reach out to me at +919560444562 and share any good / bad / ugly suggestions / comments / feedback, besides the official channels of the Alumni Association.
Class of 2008 [ECE]
JSS Academy of Technical Education