Andria Mirabal '08

Senior associate director, alumni engagement & experiential learning
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Andria leads student and alumni programming creation and implementation. She cultivates relationships with alumni and works with them to provide networking and experiential career development opportunities for students. She oversees programming that supports student interactions with alumni, including efforts to connect first-generation and diverse students and alumni.

Andria identifies opportunities to increase and diversify the ways in which alumni can offer meaningful career guidance and exploration for students. Her efforts include connecting students with alumni on campus, virtually and in locations around the world when students are on academic breaks.

A fun fact about me: I’m also a fitness instructor on campus. I teach Zumba and BodyCombat!

My favorite part of my job: Seeing how excited alumni are to meet and share their stories with students. Princeton alumni love to "give back" and they sincerely appreciate when they can help and advise current students.

I wish students knew: That they don't have to have everything figured out by graduation. It’s obviously stressful when peers are landing jobs/internships, but if it takes you a little longer, it just means you are finding something that’s the right fit. I wish students didn't put additional pressure on themselves to have things all buttoned up by the time they walk out of FitzRandolph Gate.

I’m passionate about: Personal wellness and self-care. It’s incredibly important for people to take "me time" and identify the small things that make them happy or feel energized. Putting your own well-being on the backburner is not sustainable long-term, and ultimately, if you can’t take care of yourself, you can't truly take care of others.

What's special about the place I grew up: I'm from New Mexico, and the culture and many traditions are tied to chile peppers. You can find red or green chile at nearly every restaurant (yes, that includes McDonald's), and everyone looks forward to fall, which is the chile harvesting season.