Students who are starting at Nobles next week are entering into a lifelong relationship with the school. The experience of Nobles – including lessons learned and relationships forged – lasts long after graduation. A vibrant graduate community awaits. Jack Radley ’14 witnessed the strength of the Nobles network this summer, when he attended his first event as a graduate. Here are his reflections:
After graduation this past May and the weeks of festivities that ensued, I wasn’t sure when the next time would be that I would see a concentrated group of Nobles grads. When I heard about the Graduate Panel on Finance event this past Thursday at State Street, I was a little surprised; I was not expecting to be invited to a Nobles event until our five-year reunion. I was asked if I would be interested in attending, and on a whim a few friends and I decided to check it out.
In the lobby, I helped people check in and get their nametags. Several men and women saw the “Welcome Nobles Grads” sign and came over to tell us how their daughter was a graduate, how their nephew went to Nobles, or how their husband was a grad and they were going to take a picture to show him what he was missing out on. My three friends and I took the elevator up to the 36th floor of State Street to a room full of people. Some appeared to know everyone and some appeared to know no one, but it didn’t matter because everyone had at least one thing to talk about – Nobles.
When the panel began, I was impressed by how accomplished, humorous, and down-to-earth the six panelists and host were. However, what struck me most was how few of them had actually set out from the beginning to “do” finance. They told the stories of their paths to where they were today, and I found relief in not having to commit to something right out of college. Weighing in on the best attributes of people in their field, they brought up accountability, adaptability, emotional intelligence, and hard work – and when I thought about it, those were many of the qualities that had gotten my classmates and me through the past four years at Nobles. Andy Janfaza ’84, one of the panelists, encouraged everyone in the room to reach out to them, to talk to them, and to email them; he urged us not to be blind to the power of the Nobles connection.
I had never considered “the Nobles connection” before, but the more I did, the more I saw it all around me – the feeling of walking with 118 other students under the white tent two months ago, the strangers talking to us in the lobby, and the people throughout that room on the 36th floor. There’s a cool app that I recently found out about called Noble and Greenough School Alumni that will show you the contact information of all other Nobles grads after logging in– you can search a variety of fields from location to profession and it’s available exclusively to Nobles grads.
I suppose I didn’t technically conquer the Finance World… that was a bit of a stretch. To be honest, at 18 I really have no idea what I want to pursue, and I am probably as interested in finance as the next person. However, after leaving the event, I not only felt like I had a better connection with the seven people at the front of the room, but with everyone else in the rows beside me.