Life 101

UMKC alumni are in almost every career field imaginable around the globe. From CEOs to teachers, doctors, lawyers and even yoga instructors, UMKC alumni have diverse stories to tell and advice to share.

To provide a place for alumni to share their expert tips and advice with students and each other, alumni are invited to submit theirs to this Life 101 page. Share the tips you’ve picked up along the way in your career and hobby, from experimentation to successes and failures. Discover a fellow Roo and his or her words of wisdom on the second Tuesday of each month here, on the UMKC Alumni Facebook page and on Twitter.

Have tips you want to share? Please contact us and let us know that you’d like to be a Life 101 contributor.

5 Tips for Successfully Finding a Job

Sarah Schiltz was recently named partner at MarskNelson Accounting and is the youngest woman to be named partner in the history of the organization. How did she get there? Here are her five tips for successfully finding a job.

4 Tips for Choosing a Lawyer

Dana Tippin Cutler graduated from the UMKC School of Law and was recently selected as the first African American female president of the Missouri Bar. Check out her tips for choosing a lawyer.

6 Tips for Parents Trying to Get Their Children Excited About School

Dr. David Sharp was inspired to enter the education field by the mentors he had as a student. Sharp is the 2017 UMKC SChool of Education Alumni Achievement Award winner. Here are his tips for parents trying to get their children excited about school.

5 Tips for Current Students/Recent Graduates Seeking Internships

UMKC Theatre grad Alexander LaFrance completed a prestigious internship with Disney in the creative entertainment department. Read his 5 tips for graduates and students seeking internship experiences themselves.

3 Tips for New Graduates who Take a Job in a New City

Kansas City native Michelle Freeman relocated for work after graduating from UMKC. Over the course of her career, she has moved numerous times. Check out her tips for new graduates who take a job in a new city.

5 Tips for Recent Law Graduates Seeking to Land Their First Jobs

Mike Racy turned his love of sports into a career. He's worked for the NAIA, the NCAA and today serves as Commissioner of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAAA) Read his five tips for recent law graduates seeking to land their first jobs.

James Mitchell

4 Tips for Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

James Mitchell graduated with degrees in environmentalism and cello performance. Today, he works for Carbon War Room in England, advising the shipping industry on ways to reduce their carbon emissions. Read his four tips for reducing your carbon footprint.

5 Tips for Finding Your Way in the Music World

Ryan J. Lee graduated from UMKC's Jazz Studies program in 2013. Since then, he has established himself in the Kansas City Jazz community and around the world. Read his five tips for finding your way in the music world.

Caris Vujcec

5 Tips for a Successful Audition

Caris Vujcec graduated with an M.F.A. in Theatre from UMKC. Her acting career has spanned film, stage, and television on shows including "Law and Order Criminal Intent" and "Law and Order SVU." Read her five tips for a successful audition.

5 Tips for Getting Creative in the Kitchen

Todd Dohlman used to practice his foot skills on the soccer field. Now, he keeps his knife skills in peak form as the chef at Nong's Khao Man Gai, a Thai restaurant in Portland, Or. Read his five tips for getting creative in the kitchen.

5 Tips for Successfully Undertaking a Family Genealogy Project

Patrick Osborn came to UMKC to study history. Through the course of his study, he realized that his calling in life was to work as an archivist. At the National Archives in College Park, Md., he made his dream come true. In his time there, Osborn has assisted scholars and others with genealogy projects. Read his five tips for successfully undertaking a family genealogy project.

5 Tips for Starting Your Own Business

Everett King only applied to one college - UMKC. He followed in his brother's footsteps and received his degree in 1977. Today, he is the CEO of Lighthouse Resources Inc in Salt Lake city, Utah. Check out his five tips for starting your own business.

Tim Sylvester

5 Tips for Developing a Killer Elevator Pitch

Tim Sylvester graduated from UMKC with a degree in electrical and computer engineering. In 2015, he was one of ten winners of the Tech Week LaunchKC competition. Read his five tips for developing a killer elevator pitch.

Courtney Frerichs

3 Tips for Achieving a Goal

Courtney Frerichs joined the ranks of Team USA for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She ran in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and finished 11th overall in the world. The grit and determination of an Olympic athlete is unparalleled. Read Courtney's three tips for achieving a goal (athletics or otherwise).

Deborah Seabern-Dennis SOE

5 Tips for Getting your Kids Ready for the New School Year

Deborah Siebern-Dennis graduated from UMKC's School of Education in 2005. Today, she teaches science to students at Bode Middle School in St. Joseph, Mo. Read her five tips for getting your children ready for the new school year.