For better or worse, our Yale years were transformative. Despite those polarized times, we learned and grew together, as part of a Yale community, our alma mater … our “nourishing mother” … Yale. You had to be there to understand.
Well, this site is limited to people who were there … and who understand.
Their profiles, when updated by them, will enlighten you with their experiences. Their reflections in Memories and Observations posts, or Comments to some other page, will stimulate your thinking about Yale, then or since then. Having a button on a Classmate’s profile page to “Email This Classmate” will allow you to reach out to long-lost friends and acquaintances (while protecting their email address until they respond and reveal their return address.)
The site has been “seeded” with publicly available information on all Classmates including you — information from the Yale Banner, the Old Campus and some pictures from those years. But the value of the site will largely depend on your updating your profile with a current picture, a couple paragraphs about your personal and career journeys so far, adding any graduate study and correcting any of the “seeded” information on the profile. At a minimum, if everyone updates his profile, you’ll be able to see how life has unfolded, so far, for friends and acquaintances.
But the site delivers more: You and others are encouraged to leave short “Memories and Observations” posts on various pages. These essays can be something short and sweet, like laughing at memories of your first Mixer or something more extended, like reflecting on arriving at a coat-and-tie Yale and leaving in sandals and a tee-shirt. We are starting with “Memories and Observations” posts (and you can learn more about them here), but we plans to extend the site with other ways to share and dialogue with each other — either about Life Beyond Yale or discussion groups organized around special interests or ways to showcase important “Works and Accomplishments.”
This is YOUR site. It will be as valuable as we collectively make it. We strongly urge you to, at minimum, update your profile, but also to leave your insights and thoughts either a) in a Memories and Observations post or in Comments at the bottom of most pages on the site.