Life After Bates

Life After Bates is a workshop series brought to you by Purposeful Work & the OIE.  It is geared toward seniors, but open to students from all class years.

Fall 2022 Schedule

Monday October 3: Budgeting & Personal Finance, 6-7pm in Commons 201

Join us for a workshop on budgeting, money management, and personal finance: learn how to create a budget, manage your money, and think about the financial aspects of life after college. This workshop will be presented by Sam Abrahamson ’11, Bates grad and founder of, a website with free video lessons that teach about personal finance, career readiness, and all things adulting. 

Monday October 24: Identity in the Workplace, 12-1 in Commons 221

Thursday November 10: Healthy Cooking and Grocery Shopping, 12-1pm in Commons 221

Stay Tuned for These Future Workshops!

  • Taxes
  • Credit Cards and Avoiding Bad Credit Debt
  • Roommates & Renting
  • Friends & Fun After Bates

Past Speakers and Topics

How to Invest with Sam & Sam from Onomy

401k or 403b? Ethereum or Bitcoin? And who is IRA Roth, anyway? Investing 101 with Sam and Sam, co-founders of (Here’s what onomy has to say about investing)

Credit Cards & Debt

Good and bad debt, good, better and best credit cards, and how to stay (or climb) out of debt with Lauren Thomas of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education network. (Read ahead: Here’s what onomy has to say about credit cards!)



Join Dan WIllsey ‘18, El Khansaa Khaddiou ‘20, Topher Castenada ‘20 to hear about how they’ve created a budget to fit their lifestyles in the cities of Lewiston, Portland and NYC! 

Taxes How-To

Deadlines, deductions, and student loan credits? No reason to dread tax day any longer! Join us for a conversation with senior auditor, Andrew Murry, CPA/MBA, to learn about who, how, and when to file your taxes.

Life After Bates: How to Survive and Thrive

A frank talk with recent Bates grads about how they transitioned from life after Bates and share tips and tricks for students who will soon be in their shoes! Topics include: friendships, wellness, apartment living, work-life balance, and more!

Financing your 20s: Budgeting and Saving

Featured Experts: 

Helen Andreoli, Bates ’92, VP of Wealth Management, UBS (Fall 2016)
George Carr, Bates ’07, VP and Portfolio Manager, RM Davis (Spring 2016)
Kelsey Gillespie, Community Marketing Manager, Casco Bay FCU (Spring 2016)
Nate Hull, Associate, Verill Dana and speaker, Credit Abuse Resistance Education (Spring 2016)

Download tips from past speakers of Financing your 20s.

Identity in the Workplace

Larry Handerhan ’05, President of the Alumni Association, and fellow panelists Kim Trauceniek (Student Life), Roy Montgomery (OIE) and Carolyn Starks (Admission), led a discussion about how, when, if… to be yourself in the workplace. Larry is the Chief of Staff for the D.C. Department of Human Services, previously worked at HUD for several years, and holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

What’s For Dinner? Cooking and Shopping Healthfully

Bates Dining Chefs lead students in this just-in-time session of How to Adult at the grocery store and in the kitchen. Smart and healthy shopping, prepping your vegetables and meats, and recipes to take home. Delicious, simple foods are on the menu!


We know, we know. You don’t want to think about it. But you’ve told us loud and clear that when it gets real, your biggest fear is how to make and keep friends after Bates. How does it work when you’re not 24/7 living and eating with hundreds of your peers and your best friends? We’ve got your back.

Renting in NYC and Beyond

Moving to a city after graduation? Learn about apartment shopping! This presentation offered great advice for thinking about working with landlords, finding an apartment, and affording what you find – using New York as the example for what to consider with any large city. Featuring NYC Realtor Lauren Carter from Cooper and Cooper Real Estate.  Topics included: Neighborhoods & Subways, The Application Process, Paperwork Requirements, Income & Credit Guidelines and more. See slides here.

How to use credit wisely and avoid the debt debacle

Featured speakers from the Credit Abuse Resistance Education program:
Rich Goldman ’76, P’16, JD, Bankruptcy Attorney
Randy Creswell, JD, Shareholder, Perkins Thompson, P.A.

See the Fall 2016 presentation slides here. See the Spring 2016 video here.

First Jobs: Salary Negotiation, Decision Making and What to do with The Offer

Featured Experts:
Julie Glauninger, Bates ’86, Financial Advisor and salary negotiation coach for the City of Boston’s Office of Women’s Advancement
Colleen Coxe, Center for Purposeful Work

See event video here

How to Apartment

Vince Ciampi, Bates ’12, Broker, CBRE The Boulos Company
Hawley Strait, Bates ’00, Real Estate Attorney, Bernstein Shur

All you need to know about leases and contracts, rental insurance, finding the right place, communicating with landlords, getting your deposit back…

See the event video here

How to Adult – Why Insure?

See the event video here. See presentation slides here.

Questions? Dri Huber or Marianne Cowan