Written by Anmol Mittal
On Saturday, January 30th, students of the Albert Dorman Honors College and NJIT alumni gathered at Hotel Indigo in Newark, NJ to enjoy the Rooftop Terrace and network. Students ranged from Freshman to 5th year students, with majors ranging from Biology and Electrical Engineering to Architecture and Interior Design. The alumni ranged from recent graduates of the Honors College to alums who have been in the industry for 15 to 20 years. Along with the delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages, the conversations that cooked up on the terrace were just as good.
The idea for a networking event at a rooftop terrace came to me as I was discussing with an alumnus, Siddharth Bala (TIAA-CREF), ways to increase networking in the Honors College and he told me about an event that he had gone to in NYC. I began looking at different places in NYC and saw a rooftop terrace and thought it was the best place to hold an event like this. We sent out an interest survey to see if the students preferred the event in New Jersey or New York, and after their responses, we chose Hotel Indigo as our venue.
The goal of the networking event was to be able to talk to a variety of alumni and be able to understand their life at NJIT, both the successes and the failures, and how all these experiences shaped their future path. The alumni that were invited were specifically selected for their success in their respective fields, such as Angelo Russomano (’02 Architecture) who has been featured on Restaurant Impossible.
The event was a great success, and the reviews that we heard from all the alumni and students were very encouraging. Students thought that this event was very helpful to understand the benefits that NJIT provided and hear the truth from those that successfully took advantage of all the opportunities that the university has to offer. The feedback the students received on the job hunting and interview process from alumni was appreciated, especially the focus on the importance of connections which helped emphasize the benefits of attending events such as this one. Senior Biology major Hirva Vyas reported that she “enjoyed it because [she] was not only able to interact with the alumni but also the staff of the ADHC in an environment outside of school.” To add to this, Junior Electrical Engineering major Aditya Rawal “was amazed by the atmosphere that the rooftop terrace had. [He] enjoyed the beautiful view from a building that was actually built by an NJIT alumnus!” Overall, the event was very successful and hopefully it is only the start of an era of new and creative off-campus networking events!