Homecoming and the Student Experience According To Rafael Taiar
Rafael Taiar, 3rd Year Bachelor of Architecture Student, CAPLA Student Ambassador, VP of International Student Club
What was the most impactful moment for you at this year’s Homecoming events?
I really enjoyed talking to alumni, and I was surprised by how open they were and how many were willing to give me advice and network with me. I gave a tour to one couple that was really lovely, he gave me his card and offered to share more about his work and firm. Building these connections is so helpful because I’m at a point in my education where I’m starting to look for internships and explore the career paths available for me. I also really enjoyed getting to know the other ambassadors, we’re all from different years and all so busy and it was really nice to spend time with them and get to know them as well.
Why do you think it’s important for students to participate in Homecoming?
When we graduate from here, we all have the same degree, the same education, but it’s the experiences we gain that differentiate us. CAPLA After Hours and the Lectures, for example, are two opportunities to just meet people and network. The contacts we make at this point will ultimately help us find rewarding jobs after graduation. It’s also really inspiring to hear the unique paths that our alumni take, it makes me think of all the directions I might take. Something I like to do is think of each event almost like an interview, I like to dress up for lectures and networking events and always put my best self forward because I never know who I will meet.