Alumni Corner: March 19, 2015

March 19th, 2015

Written by Kyle Reynolds ’99, president-elect of the National Alumni Board


Getting old stinks. There’s really no way around it. I hurt when I wake up in the morning, and it’s not caused by a late night on Lee Road. I think that I have permanent damage in my feet from stepping on my kids’ Legos.


I always had an idea of what it would be like to get older.  Like nearly all college students, I knew that my parents had no concept of being young since it was so different “back then.”  Now that I’m in the parent stage, I can confirm there are definitely some mysteries to me.  Such as: What man would wear Joggers without having lost a bet?  I actually researched this, and the Urban Outfitters website indicates they are, in fact, back in style. Really?


What you also don’t realize until you’re older is that you will vividly remember a majority of your time at Carroll. I still can picture walking into the Inn Between and working at the Pizza Hut.  Yes, we had a Pizza Hut, I made the bread sticks and Garry was THE man.


Perhaps what I remember most about my four years at Carroll is that they were consumed by lots and lots of work.  I paid my own way through school, so I really didn’t have a choice.  Looking back, I wouldn’t change the experiences, but I certainly would have managed the money I earned better.  I really didn’t understand the world of finance and didn’t see the need when I was only working “jobs” and wasn’t yet in a career.  I didn’t realize how much damage I was unknowingly doing to myself.


When the Office of Alumni Relations created the “Backpacks to Briefcases” series, I was glad to be a contributor to the financial seminar portion.


In the past 15 years of banking and financial planning, I have realized the seemingly small errors that are made in college can have lasting impacts that affect all areas of life.


I have worked with client after client who could have benefited from advice early on before wrecking his/her credit score or making dumb budgeting decisions.


For that reason, I encourage each and every one of you to come to the “A car, some cash and a place to crash” session on March 24 in Rodman Hall.  Over the past four years, we’ve consistently received tremendous feedback from the student attendees about how much was learned and how valuable the information was.


I would love to see you all there in hopes you walk away equipped with information that eluded countless alumni who came before you during their college years.  In other words, this is stuff you won’t learn in class!


Please, though-don’t wear Joggers.


To register for the Backpacks to Briefcases events, visit