NYU Alumni Club in Austin: Alexa Loken (STEINHARDT ’12) [she/her]
June 15, 2021
Alexa Loken (STEINHARDT ’12) [she/her] knows the importance of making connections. As the volunteer lead for the NYU Alumni Club in Austin and the founder of Loken Careers, a business and career coaching company, she forges community in her professional and social life. While at NYU, she earned her M.A. in media, culture and communications from NYU Steinhardt and currently splits her time between Austin, TX and Boulder, CO. Having lived in many places, she always maintained a connection to the NYU alumni network, which has led to new friendships and a vibrant space of belonging. Read why she joined an alumni club after graduation and how NYU alumni around the world can join a regional club.
How was your experience shifting from student life to alumni life? How did you find community?
I knew I wanted to stay engaged with NYU, so I was happy to jump in and help lead the local alumni club. It’s been great to meet new people of varying backgrounds and ages but who have all had a similar experience of attending NYU and living in NYC.
What inspired you to get involved with the NYU alumni network?
I wanted to build a community of like-minded individuals and do fun events around town.
How has being an alumni club member shaped your life after graduation?
I’ve enjoyed staying in touch with this part of my life (I went to NYU for grad school), while still living in a different, slower-paced city.
How has being an alumni club member kept you connected to NYU?
I continue to be aware of what’s going on and also tapping into the shared pool of local NYU alumni.
What is your favorite memory with your alumni club?
It’s a tie between kayaking around Town Lake for a trash pickup and going to House Wine to do a wine tasting experience.
What is your favorite alumni club event?
I’ve loved going hiking on the Greenbelt and grabbing some Taco Deli tacos after—very Austin feels.
What advice would you give to new graduates?
Do excessive informational interviews and keep asking questions! (I run a career coaching company, so I have a painful amount of advice for this question. :)
What was the first NYU alumni club event you took part in?
A happy hour at Red’s Porch in Austin, TX.
What are you looking forward to with your club this year?
Getting to reconvene in-person! Hopefully we’ll host another wine tasting event or picnic outdoors.