You know the power of alumni. Alumni can serve as mentors to help you through your own personal, academic, and professional development. Alumni can offer personal stories, advice, and help both during and after your time in college. Thus, when speaking with or about alumni, be sure to use the right terminology (see below). Personally, I recommend keeping it formal (i.e., alumni, alumnus, alumna). You will impress those you speak with, and seasoned alumni will appreciate your proper language. Try it out!
Alumni: graduates or former students of a particular school, college, or university.
Alumnus: a graduate or former student, especially male, of a particular school, college, or university.
Alumna: a female graduate or former student of a particular school, college, or university.
Alum: an alumnus or alumna (informal!)
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