We recently reached out to some of our graduating seniors to ask what they are doing this summer and what the end of the 2020 Spring semester was like during the pandemic. We will be sharing their responses this month and next month so keep an eye out. We wish the best of luck to all of our seniors and we know they will make us proud!

Danny Yelsits - Senior

What are your plans for the Summer and post-graduate life? How has the pandemic affected your work or internship plans? 

I have accepted an offer to work at AlphaSights, an expert knowledge consulting firm in New York, following my graduation. I will be heading back to Long Island where I grew up to live at home and commute to New York City. My plans for the summer are up in the air at the moment. My position does not begin until January. Although this gives me some great free time, the pandemic is preventing me from traveling during this brief break. I am hoping to land a part-time job over these few months and maybe pick-up a new hobby.

Can you comment on what the switch to remote teaching was like for you this semester? 

The switch to remote classes went pretty smoothly for me. I have taken online classes prior to this semester. I think the biggest challenge was adjusting my schedule in the middle of the semester and finding productive places to get work done with no access to campus and libraries. 

What was it like living back at home and not in the fraternity House during your last semester of college? – Compare and contrast. 

Living at home and living at the house both have many perks. At home, I have had some great quality time with my parents and siblings where we shared many great dinners and drinks by our firepit. At school, we are all on the "college schedule" so it is many more late nights and general nonsense. Either way, I am laughing every day and making the best of it.

Have you received any help or advice from Gamma Chi Alumni on how to deal with the current issues as you enter graduate life? - 

Absolutely. From when I first made a resume to when I was preparing for a final interview, I was constantly chatting with some of the alumni who I grew close with over my four years here. I am lucky to have built strong bonds with so many resourceful and successful people. I hope to be a resource myself to the younger members of the Gamma Chi Chapter.

What did you miss most about not being at Maryland with the Gamma Chi Chapter? 

Most of all, I miss having lunch in the basement every day. The entire chapter is in and out of the house basement over the course of a few hours. It is the best time to catch up with everyone, laugh at funny stories, and get to know each other better. I do not think people realize how close we all get from spending time in that basement. It is also a great spot to procrastinate. I also miss our chef Amalia.

 

Aidan Ragno – Senior

What are your plans for the Summer and post-graduate life? How has the pandemic affected your work or internship plans? 

My plan for the Summer is to start work as an Operations Analyst in Baltimore for Morgan Stanley. It seems likely that the first few months will be virtual, but I am grateful that I was able to keep the position through the turbulence that has rocked the job market. 

Can you comment on what the switch to remote teaching was like for you this semester? 

I only needed six more credits to graduate, so the transition to remote teaching did not impact me as much. Much of the content in the upper-level Econ courses I took is easy to explain through graphs and virtual commentary.

What was it like living back at home and not in the fraternity House during your last semester of college? – Compare and contrast. 

I was able to live in College Park at my satellite house these past couple of months. I missed the guys that went home tremendously, but we've had a group of 15 or so brothers in the area which has made the experience much better. 

Have you received any help or advice from Gamma Chi Alumni on how to deal with the current issues as you enter graduate life? - 

I have been working at a Real Estate firm through a connection with a Gamma Chi Alumni. We speak very frequently and he consistently reminds me that this period will pass over and life will return to normal.

What did you miss most about not being at Maryland with the Gamma Chi Chapter? 

I miss having the entire brotherhood hanging out. The relationships I formed with guys at each grade level were important to me and it has been tough not to get to enjoy spending time with everyone as a whole. 

 

 

Colbert handing Children's Hospital the $60,320 the Brothers raised during Derby Days 2019

Jack Colbert – Senior

What are your plans for the Summer and post-graduate life? How has the pandemic affected your work or internship plans? 

My plans for the Summer are to begin work, I am actively applying for entry-level positions in the realm of both Capitol Hill leg staff and account manager/client services positions. I accepted an offer for an Account Manager position in DuPont Circle but the offer was rescinded due to the pandemic and the company’s subsequent inability to take on new hires.

Can you comment on what the switch to remote teaching was like for you this semester? 

The switch to remote teaching has definitely been a major transition. I am way more adept at rasping concepts when I am able to be in a classroom environment and questions on an as-need basis. But fortunately, I was only enrolled in 12 credits this semester and the bulk of my workload had been front-loaded to the first part of the semester.

What was it like living back at home and not in the fraternity House during your last semester of college? – Compare and contrast. 

N/A (Didn’t live in the fraternity house this year).

Have you received any help or advice from Gamma Chi Alumni on how to deal with the current issues as you enter graduate life? - 

Dennis O’Connell has been especially helpful and, most importantly, transparent during the pandemic. He has been the link between the University‘s newly enacted policies and the Fraternity, providing salient information the younger guys living in the house needed. 

What did you miss most about not being at Maryland with the Gamma Chi Chapter? 

I miss walking down to the basement of the Chapter house and seeing all my closest friends. That is a unique phenomenon that I will never experience again for the rest of my life.  

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