The meetup gave students the opportunity to learn more about life at Google — and hear alumni employees’ stories and advice firsthand.
“As a Computer Science major, I thought the Google Tour was a great exposure to the workforce,” said freshman Shweta Sankaranarayanan. “After talking to the Stony Brook alumni, I feel more inspired and enthusiastic for the next 4 years of college.”
Alumni employees were impressed by the students and equally ardent about the experience. “It’s a real pleasure to be able to give back to an institution that gave me so much,” said alumnus Wilton Moran ’05, who is currently a Networks Platforms Specialist at Google. “I think it’s especially important for alumni in Fortune 500 companies to connect and get involved to accentuate that SBU is an elite academic institution creating tomorrow’s leaders.”
After meeting with the alumni employees at Google, students like Sankaranarayanan returned to campus with inspiration and drive — and a strong interest in future opportunities at the company. “I hope one day I will have enough Googliness to be a Googler,” she said.
“It’s especially important for alumni in Fortune 500 companies to connect and get involved to accentuate that SBU is an elite academic institution creating tomorrow’s leaders.”
The event was a collaboration between the Stony Brook University Career Center and the Office of Alumni Relations. The offices support several student-alumni career meetups throughout the academic year to give students the chance to connect with alumni professionals at companies of interest.