King’s first all-exclusive alumni career day took place via Zoom on April 22.
Former students from class of 1999 to 2004 turned on their cameras to greet students. From entrepreneurs to doctors to comedians, former Crusaders were in attendance to influence the current Crusaders. Counselor Leonard Miller said he believes this event will show students that the challenges will be worth all their hard work.
“To hear individuals tell stories that include the same two and tree bus routes, the same academic programs and even the same rival sporting events can build a common bond that is irreplaceable,” Miller said.
Former Crusader Marina Fomby was part of the Crusaders for Crusaders Career Day committee. As this was her first time hosting career day, Fomby volunteered to coordinate all efforts for a month that led to the five-hour virtual event. Fomby and her peers planned this event without ever meeting in person.
“Based on the chemistry that just our class of ’02 has maintained, I knew we could do it,” Fomby said. “I offered the challenge to our fellow Crusaders for Crusaders, and we made it happen in just a month. The camaraderie that King alums share is truly special and unmatched.”
Current students got advice from people who have been in their shoes. Presenters informed students during the event that the real world may differ from life as a public-school student.
Dr. Shetina M. Jones graduated from King in 2002. After attending Eastern Michigan University, Jones said King prepared her for EMU.
“I was able to have conversations with lots of people [at EMU]," Jones said. "I had pride in knowing that I was just as smart as everyone else,” Jones said. “It is vital to connect to one another to gain mentorship, insight, and hope.”