On a January afternoon, Christine Caruso, KSB/BSBA ’10, met prospective AU students at a regional interview day in New York City as a member of the Alumni Admissions Volunteers program. Joined by two admissions staff members and two fellow alums, Caruso spent the afternoon chatting with students and sharing her AU experiences.
While at AU, Caruso was a leader in the AU Ambassador program, which allowed her to build relationships through the admissions program and offered opportunities to hone her public speaking skills. Caruso’s interactions allowed her to contribute actively to the student community at AU by meeting prospective AU students and their families during the admissions process. Additionally, Caruso enjoyed anything involving the spirit of AU.
It seems natural that Caruso would want to continue her service after graduation as a member of the Alumni Admissions Volunteers program. But it is her volunteer spirit, in addition to her interest in admissions, that fuels her engagement. “AU fostered an environment of service,” Caruso remarks.
When Caruso looked for a professional undergraduate experience, the rigorous programs in Kogod, in addition to the prime Washington, D.C. location, appealed to her. Caruso credits experiences such as the Kogod case competition, the resources of the AU and Kogod career centers, and her summer internship at FBR Capital Markets for providing her with incomparable opportunities.
Today, Caruso is a financial program analyst for the U.S. Army, and she enjoys the challenges of being a money manager within a complex organizational structure. Though Caruso left AU’s campus last May, she maintains ties with current students, graduates, and professors, and she attended All-American Weekend in October. Caruso shares that it’s “amazing to see what’s happening on campus and what people are doing.”
When Caruso looks back on her years at AU, she knows that her education prepared her well and that her love of traveling and learning about different cultures took flight because of her time at AU and overseas travels in Nice, France. Her love of alma mater also prompts Caruso to volunteer for AU and within her own community. Whether interviewing applicants or meeting prospective AU students at college fairs, Caruso represents the AU spirit and sets an example for future Eagles to follow.
If you would like to become a volunteer like Caruso, learn more about the Alumni Admissions Volunteers program at this Web page.