Young Alums Return With Sage Advice for Seniors

Posted March 28, 2017 / Last updated March 29, 2017

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Blue Jay alums Ian Blanchard ’03 and Logan Hornung ’15 returned to campus this week to offer some wisdom to the senior class about college life before their graduation in May.

Blanchard, a financial advisor for CBD Wealth Management, prepared the class for the onslaught of new credit card offers they would receive upon entering college, warning them that “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” He also reminded the students that financial aid comes in many forms, including grants and endowments that don’t have to be repaid, not just student loans. Blanchard ended by emphasizing the importance of forming good budgeting habits early in their college career.

Hornung, who is currently majoring in kinesiology at LSU, spoke to the students about maintaining a good academic standing, an enriching social life, and a strong spiritual connection to God, post-graduation. He pointed out that having new-found freedom to come and go as one pleases doesn’t mean one can shirk their responsibilities as a student and young adult. Hornung used his own experiences as an undergrad to tell the students what it’s really like leaving the nest and to get involved in campus activities if they start to feel overwhelmed. Lastly, he reminded the students to visit their parents and thank them often.

Alumni director, Mat Grau ’68, concluded the assembly by inviting the graduating seniors to stay active as Jesuit alums after graduation. He then explained the significance of being welcomed into the alumni association at the end of April at the annual, alumni-only Commencement Luncheon.

Logan Hornung '15 spoke with students about the responsibilities that come with having new freedoms.

Logan Hornung ’15 spoke with students about the responsibilities that come with having new freedoms.

Ian Blanchard '03 advises the senior class to begin good budgeting habits earlier in their college careers rather than later.

Ian Blanchard ’03 advises the senior class to begin good budgeting habits earlier in their college careers rather than later.