Chance Meetings

New Year’s Eve in Prague, Czech Republic. Chuck Coutteau, ’16 was heading back to his hotel when, 4,000 miles from home, he ran into a fellow Brit.

Chuck Coutteau ’16 and Josh Van Laan, ’14

Chuck Coutteau, ’16 and Josh Van Laan, ’14

Chuck Coutteau, ’16 shares his unexpected Albion is Everywhere moment:

One of the last places you would expect to run into a Brit is on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.  In 2016, I was spending the Christmas holiday in Europe and ringing in the New Year in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic.  Once the clock struck midnight and my group took in the fireworks festivities in Wenceslas Square, we headed to another bar to continue the celebration.

At one point I was separated from the group and began my chilly walk back to the hotel. I turned the corner and came face to face with what appeared to be a familiar face, but surely not. It couldn’t be a fellow Brit — could it?

Hesitantly, I called out from across the street, “Hey, Josh?” The person stopped, turned, and replied, “Chuck?”

Over 4,000+ miles from Michigan, and I ran into Josh Van Laan, ’14 on a random street corner in Prague, CR!

Albion is Everywhere!

Even halfway around the world from our beloved campus. Albion graduates excitedly share their common experiences. It happens more often than we think. Our graduates also share their business skills with each other, assist with personal introductions, and give helping hands to recent graduates as they navigate the professional world. There are so many ways you can make a difference in the lives of Albion alums.

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Please share your own Albion Everywhere story now. It might not be as dramatic as a chance meeting in Prague on New Year’s Eve, but even if it’s over the vegetable bin at the grocery, we want to hear your stories!