My name is Leanne McQueen, I’m a former graduate of ENU and Chair of the New York Alumni Chapter.
I became a qualified mental health nurse after graduating and quickly moved to New York City. I’ve been in Brooklyn for 20 years now, overseeing group homes for people with autism and challenging behaviours. As you can imagine, there’s never a dull moment!
What does the ENU Alumni Network mean to you?
The ENU Alumni Network allows me to connect with those that have similar experiences to me, and are willing to support each other in any way they can. Sometimes, when you live far from home, you need familiar things.
What advice would you give to someone who has recently joined the ENU Alumni Network?
My advice to anyone graduating is to reach out to everyone you can and build connections. We’ve all been where you are!
I remember being very homesick once so I reached out to one of my alumni connections. We met in Manhattan for coffee and talked about Edinburgh for hours, where we used to go, our favorite places and shared funny stories. It was all I needed to get back on track.
Join the New York Chapter and North American Facebook Group.
ENU in NYC
Every April, New York City Tartan Week recognises the contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States in a week-long celebration of Scottish heritage and culture.
Edinburgh Napier has taken part in these celebrations for over a decade and it’s one of the highlights of the University’s calendar.
A pivotal part of the Week is the Parade. Edinburgh Napier alumni, friends and staff fly the flag for Scotland as they march down 6th Avenue to a chorus of bagpipes and drums.
See images of past visits below!