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Volunteer Spotlight: San Diego Community Leader

We asked Eric Willard, AS’07, a volunteer in our San Diego Community a few questions about why he volunteers, and what advice he has for others.

The most common thing alumnus Eric Willard hears at events is, “I didn’t realize how many other Northeastern alumni are in San Diego!” Although far from their alma mater, the San Diego Community is strong thanks to leader Eric Willard.

Since his graduation in 2007, volunteering for the office of alumni relations has enabled Willard to meet other alumni of all different ages.

“I enjoy meeting fellow alumni, helping them connect and, ultimately, seeing them improve their lives through new friendships, rekindled old friendships, or through obtaining a new career.”

Willard also speaks at new student sendoffs, to groups of nervous high school students who are five (or more) years away from claiming their own spot as an alumnus. “Speaking at these sendoffs has given me the pleasure of meeting many incoming freshman.” Recently, while Willard was back on Northeastern’s campus, he ran into a student he recognized from a new student sendoff. “Speaking with her about how happy she was in her decision to attend Northeastern was very rewarding.”

According to Willard, “getting involved doesn’t require as much time as you would think. Members of the San Diego Community randomly hear about an event and once they come, find themselves part of something much bigger.”

published October 2017