I graduated just a couple of weeks short of being twenty one and a half years old. As I am now 43 years old, it won't require M1B to calculate that that was more than half my life ago. Therefore, it is unlikely that you play a major part in my life these days.
My feelings for you are unlikely to have improved much since last year when I told you I greatly disliked my time there. Or the previous year when I said I disliked it. Or the year before that when I said it wasn't the best three years of my life. Or the year before that when I indicated a moderate amount of indifference. This year I said I 'hated' my time there. I don't think I actually did, but do you see a trend?
I realise that you are, as ever, strapped for cash. However, on the odd occasion that I read the crushingly dull Alumni magazine, I read about people giving large donations out of their sizeable inheritances or banking bonuses, so I'm not really sure why you are approaching a part-time middle-ranking civil servant who has never donated a penny throughout the Nineties and Noughties. How likely is that going to change, now?
In future, please could you try and get someone with some interpersonal sensitivity to ring this grumpy middle-aged woman, not some naive young man who's probably never met a grumpy middle-aged female suburban middle-ranking unambitious civil servant without inherited wealth.
I'll be charitable and say you should protect him from being told that Nottingham University isn't the centre of the universe. If I was less charitable, I would point out that us middle-aged women don't actually take too kindly to being patronised by someone young enough to be our sons. Still, it was better than a couple of years ago when the boy barely out of school authoritatively informed me that it was very unusual for people with Politics degrees (and M1B, and Stats as subsids) to go into Public Sector Accountancy. I told him it wasn't. He tried to correct me.
This time I didn't even let the caller get as far as asking the intrusive questions about my life. I had been really quite polite in saying early on that I had no intention of giving money. Irrespective of whether I do or not, I really don't see any great need to know what I'm doing two decades on. It is of course useful for them to quote statistics on destinations 1 or 5 years after leaving, but by this stage, University has very little influence on whether you've capitalised on Daddy's connections or descended into drugs hell in prison.
As a general point, and in fairness, you are by no means the worst offender, please always remember when you're cold calling someone that not only are you disturbing them, generally in their home, but you may also be intruding into a time of anxiety, pre-occupation or trauma