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    ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    Hey guys. I'm graduating in May and they're starting to push the ISUAA on us. Just wondering if it's worth the money, what benefits you get, what benefits you actually enjoy, if the money is better spent on something else (cough, cough, Gridiron Club), etc.

    I figure we must have a few ISUAA members and haters on here so I'm really just looking to find out what the perception is.

    Also, bear in mind it only costs $30 a year for the first three years after you graduate.


    EDIT (because everyyard made me feel petty): Money is tight, so I just want to know the perception of the organization as a whole, etc. I understand it's about more than what I get, BUT, is that true for the first few years right after you graduate? Did you guys join right away?


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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    Well, something that they don't tell you in college is not everything is about what you get out of it. This is a case of what you give. The alumni association is your chance as an Alumni to give back and support your University so that others can have the same and better opportunities as you. So, yes, you get Visions magazine, and access to Alumni events, but the real reason to join is not to get but to give for what you have already gotten. So, whether it is worth it or not is up to you.


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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    I just paid the lifetime fee and got it over with (even though they still call). Proud to be a member.



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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    Well, something that they don't tell you in college is not everything is about what you get out of it. This is a case of what you give. The alumni association is your chance as an Alumni to give back and support your University so that others can have the same and better opportunities as you. So, yes, you get Visions magazine, and access to Alumni events, but the real reason to join is not to get but to give for what you have already gotten.
    What was your secret to be immediately wealthy out of school? I'd love to know.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    What was your secret to be immediately wealthy out of school? I'd love to know.
    $30 a year makes me wealthy??? My secret is I got a job.


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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    Well, something that they don't tell you in college is not everything is about what you get out of it. This is a case of what you give. The alumni association is your chance as an Alumni to give back and support your University so that others can have the same and better opportunities as you. So, yes, you get Visions magazine, and access to Alumni events, but the real reason to join is not to get but to give for what you have already gotten. So, whether it is worth it or not is up to you.


    How does giving to the alumni association help the university? It burns up most of the money just existing.



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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    If you want to give money to the University, give it directly to the colleges. Alumni Association is a joke.

    *coming from another May graduate



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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    $30 a year makes me wealthy??? My secret is I got a job.
    +1

    I can tell you in Colorado this past weekend there was a great event put on by the local group. It was a VEISHEA type tailgate party in the mountains at Arapahoe Basin - Ski area. It was a great time. There are great events like this going on all over the country and it is a great time and can be used as an opportunity to network. I believe one recent grad got some valuable connections from some fellow alums.



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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    Well, something that they don't tell you in college is not everything is about what you get out of it. This is a case of what you give. The alumni association is your chance as an Alumni to give back and support your University so that others can have the same and better opportunities as you. So, yes, you get Visions magazine, and access to Alumni events, but the real reason to join is not to get but to give for what you have already gotten. So, whether it is worth it or not is up to you.
    I thought the thousands that I gave in tuition money was giving enough



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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    The wife and I are lifetime members. 1,000 bucks or so for both of us to be lifetime members. I wanted to give a little back. Some decent discounts, and Visions magazine 4 times a year.



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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    If you want to give money to the University, give it directly to the colleges. Alumni Association is a joke.

    *coming from another May graduate
    That's probably my initial thoughts too. If the ISUAA is anything like the SAA, they won't be getting a dime from me.



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    Re: ISU Alumni Association: Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    I thought the thousands that I gave in tuition money was giving enough
    This. I don't really understand the "giving back what you took out" idea. If the education I got was free, that might make more sense.



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    Guys, don't forget the calendar. Honestly, that is one of the best benefits.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    Guys, don't forget the calendar. Honestly, that is one of the best benefits.

    Hahaha its hanging in my office.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    I thought the thousands that I gave in tuition money was giving enough
    this. paying them over 6500/year is more than enough for me



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