Ask A’sia

Homecoming is back and charged up. There are the usual happenings, the parties, cookouts and of course big game. But if homecoming is becoming too mundane, then here is a little gem. It is called networking. Yes, networking. This is a perfect time to hone in on your schmoozing skills. Alumni from across the country are here to celebrate homecoming and the Inauguration for President Ammons. Many alumni are also here to provide knowledge about their professions to current students. In the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications we have a “Grads are Back” session dedicated to spreading the word about what you can do to prepare for the job market.

FAMU’s Industry Cluster, which consists of corporations that network with each other and FAMU faculty, as well as provide scholarships and donations to the university, will be on campus for Homecoming once again. The Cluster features business like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Proctor and Gamble. If you are serious about meeting and greeting there is a Cluster event on Oct. 30 at the faculty and staff club house starting at 5:30 p.m. Students can learn about the companies and maybe land an internship or job.

During a time when the job market looks bleak, this is a perfect time to gain some knowledge about programs and lessons you should know before entering the “real world.” So if you see a FAMU alumni walking in your building say “hello,” you never know where that conversation could take you.

A’sia Horne-Smith is a senior broadcast journalism student from DeLand, Fla. She can be reached at