Major: Psychology
Current Position: PhD Student at UNC Chapel HIll
Current Town: Chapel Hill, NC
Age: 22

When I came to Hobart and William Smith I had no idea what I wanted to do. I pretty much took a class in every department from music to math and history. I stumbled upon Intro to Psychology in the fall of my sophomore year, and found it to be my deepest interest in college. Once committed to psychology, I could never have anticipated what would come next. The professors were beyond encouraging and supportive both inside and outside the classroom. I have had invaluable academic experiences from classes and internships to extensive research mentorship. Without a doubt the combination of these things has put me where I am today.

I had an internship the fall of my junior year with a local school psychologist. This experience sparked my interest in the profession I am now pursuing in grad school. I completed an independent study along with this internship, applying concepts learned in the classroom to my experience in this elementary school.

Beginning in the spring of my junior year, I had the opportunity to work with Assistant Professor of Psychology Julie Kingery on a number of research projects. I completed an independently created community collaboration Honors project and traveled with her to present research in Denver, Colorado. My senior year I also acted as a Team Leader for the HWS chapter of the AmeriCorps program. This research and hands-on school experience offered to me through HWS proved to be the key to standing out when applying to grad school.

I intend to finish my Ph.D., and in the process combine the psychological, multicultural, advocacy and social justice foundations provided to me through my education at HWS and integrate them to my current developing understanding of the profession of School Psychology.


Major: Sociology
Current Position: Fulbright Research Scholar
Current Town: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Age: 22

While at HWS, I always focused on keeping an open mind and pushing myself in new directions. By the end of my first year of college, I recognized that I was not going to look at college as a time to specialize in 'x' and then go out into the world and follow that chosen path. Therefore, by keeping my options open, I ended up taking Professor Jim Spates' Intro to Sociology class, which led me to Professor Jack Harris and his gusto and connection with Vietnam. My ultimate path came about through excellent mentorship from professors, keeping an open mind, and always being willing to challenge myself academically and personally to the next level, no matter how uncomfortable it may be at times.

Now, I am in Vietnam studying the rising entrepreneurial class and how they conceptualize a singular, cohesive Vietnam today and the future of their country. I am based at the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City-College of Social Sciences and Humanities with two professors there who are assisting me in my research.

All of the professors and peers in my classes and in the hallways lent support to me during my process of applying to the Fulbright and offered great advice on how to improve my application. Specifically, Professor Harris was integral in helping me succeed in receiving the Fulbright because he has been actively building relationships there since 1994, so my initial affiliates who wrote letters on my behalf wrote them because I was a student of Professor Harris.

I have many aspirations, both long and short term. The major short term aspirations are to be able to speak the Vietnamese language as close to naturally as possible--know the idioms, the songs, the rare classifiers that few foreigners know and to continue to cultivate my perspective on this dynamic and fascinating country that is changing by the second. Long term aspirations will be to return to the U.S. to continue my education either through the traditional venues like an MBA or MPA program or on the ground by working with a consulting firm or start-up in the U.S. focusing on Vietnam/Southeast Asian markets, with eventual plans of being mobile between the U.S. and Vietnam building cultural understanding between two nations that were once at war.


Major: Political Science
Current Position: Law Student, American University
Current Town: Washington, D. C.
Age: 23

I really enjoyed my academic experiences at HWS, and I knew that for what I wanted to do personally, I was going to have to continue those experiences with some level of graduate education. I had several internships that reinforced the idea that law school was the right choice, in particular an amazing internship with the House Committee on Homeland Security that I attained with the help of an HWS alum.

That being said, doubts persisted and I decided to take a year off before law school to partake in an AmeriCorps program called City Year. While in AmeriCorps I worked in an inner-city elementary school, and through my interactions with the D.C. community, I decided that to be a positive agent of progress I had to improve my arsenal of personal assets.

Today, I am in my first year of law school at American University. My immediate goal is obviously to finish law school, but I have strong aspirations to work in the White House. I think I would enjoy a government agency such as the Department of Homeland Security, where I hope to make a positive impact.


Major: Economics
Current Position: Treasury Sales Analyst at Bank of America
Current Town: New York City
Age: 23

When I arrived at HWS, my intentions were to dance and learn things that would broaden my academic horizon. There was no doubt I would be heavily involved with the dance department but after just one week in Professor of Economics Pat McGuire's Principles of Economics course, I also knew I wanted to be an economics major and learn as much as possible from the department. I ended up dancing every semester at HWS as well as majoring in economics with minors in public policy and international relations.

During my semester abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, I did an internship with public relations firm Weber Shandwick. Although I treasure the experience, I figured out that PR is not for me. Just prior to leaving for Switzerland, I spent my winter break meeting alums in finance in New York City, and met Hobart alum Charlie Johnson '77 of Dewitt Stern Group. I eventually ended up interviewing and getting an internship as an insurance broker at Dewitt Stern.

After this opportunity, I decided that I wanted to gain some additional experience at a larger company, perhaps with an international slant. I went abroad to Hong Kong my junior year and it was there that I interviewed for a summer internship with Bank of America. The Salisbury Center for Career Services had been handing out my resume while I was abroad and one day I got a call from another HWS alum, David Bruenner '05. After visiting with the International Trade and Supply Chain Solutions team at Bank of America in Hong Kong, in the August before my senior year, I was offered a permanent job in the Treasury Management Analyst Program with Bank of America in New York City. I took the job and a year later started in the training program. I recently graduated from the program and took a permanent placement in treasury sales for Bank of America.

It's because of Hobart and William Smith - because of the courses, the professors, the abroad program, the career center, the focus on global citizenship, and the dedication of alums - that I am where I am today.


Major: Chemistry
Current Position: M.D. student at University of Pennsylvania
Current Town: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 22

I came to HWS intending to go into the medical field in some capacity but I was unsure if it would be pharmaceuticals, med school, dental school or pharmacy school. As it ended up, I've just begun my first year of dental school at the University of Pennsylvania. It seems manageable thus far and I am excited to see where it will lead.

Getting here was mostly about personal reflection. Since I knew I wanted to work in the medical field, at HWS I shadowed several physicians and dentists and worked in a research lab. Though my lab work was really rewarding, it was ultimately dentistry that interested me the most when I really thought about it. Other than trying to get as much real world experience as possible, a great deal of my effort was directed toward working hard in class to keep all of my options open in these very competitive fields.

Although my oral surgeon was the one who inspired me to get into dentistry, I received terrific guidance from my classmate and friend John Keating '07, who is now attending dental school at Tufts in Boston, MA. He was a huge help throughout the process, and provided a lot of support.

At this point, I believe it's too early to tell what I will specialize in within dentistry. Ideally I'll open a practice in the Philadelphia area but I'll just have to wait and see what the future has in store.


Major: International Relations
Current Position: Former Peace Corps Volunteer, now a graduate student in international development
Current Town: Denver, CO
Age: 25

When I arrived at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I was, like most first-year students, confused about my future and uncertain of what I wanted to do with my life. I gained insight little by little as I explored different classes and took advantage of different opportunities HWS has to offer like the Washington, D.C. internship program and the study abroad program in Geneva, Switzerland. Through both experiences, I learned about what I wanted to do, and perhaps more importantly, what I didn't want to do. Seeing how our government and how some international organizations worked with issues in developing countries was of great interest to me, but I discovered a greater interest in going to those places myself for a real-life experience and for a truly hands-on education. That is when I made a definite decision to join the Peace Corps, something I had contemplated doing since I had learned of its existence in high school.

I always thought HWS was a good place to be if you wanted to join the Peace Corps. Because HWS President Mark D. Gearan had been the director of the organization for four years, I felt there was more exposure to it on campus, and I was able to meet with more than one recruiter during my four years at HWS. When it came time to apply, I had a great opportunity to petition letters of recommendations from HWS professors, one of whom, Professor of Economics Alan Frishman, had been a Peace Corps volunteer himself. It took an entire year from the time I started the application to when I boarded a plane, but by the May after my senior year, I was on my way to Malawi, Africa!

The experience could not have been more worthwhile or more memorable and while there were plenty of tough days, I know it will be one of the best times of my life. You leave an experience like that with stories you never thought you'd hear yourself telling and friends you never thought you'd end up having. And while it seems difficult to leave home and embark on such a journey, I was surprised to find how difficult it was to come back tothe United States when the idea of "home" becomes stretched across continents.

My time in Malawi came to an end in July 2009, and I am currently a first year graduate student at Denver University studying International Development at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. It's hard thinking about going back to the classroom, but I'm looking forward to taking my experiences in the Peace Corps and relating what I saw in my small village to the larger global picture of what is happening in the world.


Major: Economics
Current Position: Environmental Program Consultant
Current Town: Washington D.C.
Age: 23

Arriving at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, my inherent interest in political science and economics led to a major in economics with a minor in public policy right away. But it wasn't until junior year that I found something I could really sink my teeth into. That spring, I took Natural Resources and Energy Economics, and it opened a whole new realm of thought for me.

The following summer I stayed on campus to conduct research with Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Environmental Studies Program Tom Drennen on sustainability at HWS. At the same time, I was reading books on the conservative political movement in the early twentieth century. Studying both sustainability and conservatism showed me how the two ideas can work together. My senior year, I learned more about my new interest through an independent study on sustainable initiatives and a position on the President's Climate Commitment Task Force.

After my experiences junior and senior year, I knew that I wanted to focus my career on economics and the environment. During my job hunt, I found an ideal eRecruiting posting on the HWS Career webpage, and I e-mailed my resume and cover letter that same day. I also immediately made contact with a Hobart alumnus who worked in the organization.

As a result of that posting, I work for government IT consulting firm SRA International, Inc., in the environmental services division. Within my working group of about 50 people, there are three Hobart alums, including myself. I support two contracts for the EPA's Brownfields Program; one for data reporting and another for general program support. The work is very interesting. I collect data from grantees and am able to see how that information is organized, developed into reports and sent on to the EPA, Congress and the public.

Some of the work I am doing now focuses on the time burden incurred by local communities as a result of the grant data reporting requirements. How much time does it take someone with a Brownfields Grant to complete the required forms? It may tie up valuable resources, so it is important that any required data reporting is not overly burdensome.

In the future, I would like to work toward my masters degree in economics, public policy or government. From there, I hope to continue to work within the private sector for the government.


Major: Public Policy and Music
Current Position: Second Grade Teacher
Current Town: New York, NY
Age: 22

As a First-Year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I was interested in a variety of academic subjects, but I was lost when it came to declaring a major. By my junior year, I was a double major in Public Policy and Music, a student in the education certification program, and studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. These majors and opportunities challenged my assumptions and taught me the art of critical analysis in a liberal arts setting. I became interested specifically in teaching because of its creative potential and the satisfaction of helping others. However, I was still unclear as to what career path I wanted to take after graduation.

I figured that I might as well apply for teaching positions so during the spring semester of my senior year, I sent out my resume and cover letter to every charter school I could find within the greater Boston and NYC areas. I received a call from the Harlem Success Academy in April. I interviewed with them a week after graduation, and a day later I was hired. It was a process!

I am now a second grade teacher at the Harlem Success Academy. This charter school holds a dual mission - teaching and learning coupled with educational reform. It is the school's goal for each and every child to be given the academic skills necessary to make it to college. Each classroom is named after the lead teacher's alma mater and the year their students will graduate from college. The teachers and staff work tirelessly to give students the education they deserve. We expect a lot of hard work from our scholars and families - from reading logs to weekend events - but the families are determined to reach - and surpass - our common goals. I am working with an incredible team of professionals who are passionate, collaborative, and determined to enrich the lives of our young students.

Right now, I am thrilled to be working at such an innovative and supportive school. However, I am also interested in arts management and plan to obtain a graduate degree as soon as I discover what I'd like to study further. Just like finding a first job, finding a career path is a process. In the long run, I would like to find a way to combine my passion for music with my desire for educational reform.


Major: 3-2 Physics/Mechanical-Structural Engineering at HWS and Dartmouth
Current Position: Assistant Project Manager
Current Town: Washington, D.C.
Age: 26

Watch Matt at work on the World Trade Center with Parsons Brinckerhoff <a href="http://www.pbworld.com/"><u>here</u>!</a>

I came to Hobart and William Smith Colleges with the intention of being a Physics major so that I could participate in the 3-2 Engineering program. I didn't have any idea what sort of engineering career I wanted, but I knew that I was interested in solving engineering problems early on in my life.

Today, I'm an Assistant Project Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB). More specifically, I work in the construction management division of PB on mega projects (World Trade Center, Second Avenue Subway, New Jersey Turnpike Widening, etc). It's my responsibility to implement integrated project management systems that maximize visibility and tracking for any project data type so program and project managers can take the pulse of these projects in real time. Essentially, I lead a team that is trying to bring the video game generation mindset into the world of heavy civil construction. We look at new ways to collect and present data with custom web based tools that integrate with several enterprise level systems.

Before graduation, I worked as an intern at the World Trade Center for two summers. After I completed the B.S. in Mechanical engineering from HWS, I applied to the Master of Engineering Management Program (MEM) at Dartmouth and completed the equivalent of a thesis project during my second summer internship at WTC with PB. Once I graduated with my MEM, BS Mechanical, and the BS in Physics from HWS, PB hired me full time.

The professors in the HWS physics department were my best connections during the process. Professors Steven Penn, Don Spector and Ted Allen were all invaluable during the application and recommendation processes. Without such great mentors I would not be where I am today and I owe them dearly.

My aspirations are large; I want to revolutionize the way construction happens in the U.S. Other countries are seeing the benefits of efficiency through better process design and the implementation of smart technology and we need to play catch-up. As sustainable design and green construction become standard, we must be ready to deliver these projects in the most efficient manner possible to keep costs low and value high.


Major: International Relations
Current Position: Workforce Development VISTA at Groundwork, Inc.
Current Town: Brooklyn, NY
Age: 23

When I came to Hobart and William Smith, I knew I wanted to study International Relations. But after taking a few Economics courses and discovering the ways in which our world is becoming increasingly economically linked, I knew I also wanted to study Economics. During the fall of my Junior year, I had the opportunity to attend the Washington D.C., Public Policy Program where I worked for my local Congressman Jose E. Serrano (D-NY-16) on researching and writing green energy legislation. Being in an environment where I had daily contact and discussion with governmental decision-makers affirmed my decision to pursue a career in the public policy arena in the future.

Today, I am working for a fast growing innovative Non-Profit called Groundwork, Inc. My position in the organization is directly funded by President Obama's Stimulus Program through AmeriCorps. I am in charge of researching and developing a job-training program for the community. I network with other organizations, meet with elected officials, and attend events in NYC. Groundwork is innovative in that it takes a geographically-focused approach to working with youth and their families through the identification of "campuses"--communities with high concentrations of young people living in poverty, typically public housing developments and the blocks that surround them. I get to work with community members and institutions to provide high-quality educational programs and support services to a significant percentage of the children and families who live there. By reaching many children in a well-defined area and providing critical support to their families, Groundwork positively impacts the entire community.

Despite hiring freezes and job cuts, during my job search I spoke to numerous HWS alums and professors about my interests and career goals. A number of them were AmeriCorps alumni and suggested I apply to the program to take advantage of the great opportunity. I sent in an application and got hired right after my interview.

My immediate aspiration is to positively finish my AmeriCorps year of service. I am also in the process of applying for graduate school to receive my MPA or MPP next fall. I hope to find my way back into government work either in D.C. or New York City.

In the photo, Brea (left) poses with Congressman Jose E. Serrano (D-NY-16).


Major: Political Science and English
Current Position: Graduate Assistant for Dean Biklen and Doctoral Candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University
Current Town: Syracuse, NY
Age: 26

When I first came to HWS, I dreamed of going into genetic counseling. I happened to take a political science course to fulfill one of my goal requirements, and it sparked a completely new trajectory. I was intrigued by the connections between public policy, history and community development.

I was fortunate enough to be both a student and staff member at HWS, which led to valuable mentoring from Geneva residents, my student peers, the alumnae community, HWS staff and faculty. I was surrounded by a network of hardworking and dedicated people who were generous with their time and thoughtful in their work with students. I credit that network with helping me get where I am today.

Today, I study inclusive urban education, public policy, disability law, college access, race, privilege and philosophy of education as a doctoral student at Syracuse University. I still like biology, though. The inclusion movement has a lot to do with science and medicine so understanding intersectionality and interdisciplinarity is important.

I am also currently the Graduate Assistant for Dean Biklen at the School of Education and a doctoral student in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University.

Part of my assistantship allows me to work for Say Yes to Education, a national demonstration program that is dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates. We recently hosted Vice President Biden, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Middle Class Task Force for a forum on college access and tuition.

In the years ahead, I hope to continue studying school reform, college access and ways we can continue to support learning and educational opportunities for all students.


Major: Economics and Public Policy<br>Current Position: Change Consultant<br>Current Town: Brighton, Mass.<br>Age: 24
I came to HWS knowing only that I didn't know what I wanted to study.

During the second half of my first year, I took an introduction to economics class and ended up liking the subject matter much more than the other subjects I had been investigating. Economics led into public policy as I found that I enjoyed the discussion around the policy ramifications of an economic decision more than the actual practice of economics. I ended up graduating with a double major in economics and public policy.

Both of my advisers at HWS, Professors Pat McGuire and Craig Rimmerman, encouraged me to take part in the Washington D.C. program during the fall of my senior year. The D.C. Program gave me the chance to work in the political world during the day while studying the impacts of that work during the early morning and evening hours.
Due to the small size of the program, I was able to meet with both professors on a regular basis, improving both my academics and my post-graduate goals. Through these discussions, I realized that I wanted to get into the world of banking and finance, but I was not sure how to go about entering that world. Professor McGuire encouraged me to interview for a training program at Bank of America.

Today, I am a Change Consultant for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, working on the Merrill Lynch transition and helping to manage a portfolio of projects that will result in the integration of the Corporate and Investment Banks of Legacy Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

Each of the 58 projects in the portfolio combines either systems or business processes from the two legacy organizations. Every project must be delivered flawlessly as any change in budget, timing or scope directly impacts an associate, client or both. This integration gives me the chance to put the broad knowledge of commercial banking I gained through the training program, the analytical skills I learned from Professor McGuire and the writing ability built from Professor Rimmerman's many assigned papers to work in a fast paced environment.

During the next six months, I plan to focus on the heavy workload accompanying the final stages of the transition implementation, while continuing to learn as much as possible from this unique experience. With all the work necessary to finish up the Merrill Lynch transition, it is hard to think past the next year, but I hope to find the next opportunity to put the things I've learned to work in a "business as usual" environment. Eventually, I would also like to attend a top-tier business school.


Majors: Sociology, Contemporary Global Conflict and Human Rights
Current Position: Master's of Public Health Candidate
Current City: Baltimore, Maryland
Age: 24

When I began my college career at Hobart and William Smith, I had aspirations of changing the world and saw a course of study in history and political science as the route to which I would do so. I was not sure how I was going to accomplish this feat; I just knew I was going to do it. But after I took Introduction to Sociology with Professor of Sociology Dunbar Moodie, I found human interactions and the rationale for those societal interactions to be so fascinating, I changed my major.

After returning from a semester abroad in South Africa with Professor Moodie and Professor of Africana Studies Thelma Pinto, many people within the office of Intercultural Affairs encouraged me to pursue an HIV/AIDS internship in Nigeria with the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) of the University of Maryland, Baltimore's School of Medicine (UMB). After my return, Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn and Professor of Media and Society Marilyn Jimenez were my advisers for a two semester independent study focusing on the pathology of HIV, treatment standards, and the disparities in treatment, aid, and disease burden of HIV in Africa.

Currently, I am in my last year of a Master of Public Health program with UMB. My concentration is community health and preventive health behaviors for infectious deceases, particularly sexually transmitted infections. Last May I graduated with a Master in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in clinical/management and community organization (MACO) health from UMB's School of Social Work. While pursuing my MSW I was a social work intern at University of Maryland Medical Center's Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, and also at Dunbar Middle School.

I made the decision to pursue an MSW and MPH while attending William Smith because disease, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment are not isolated, but affected and is effected by a variety of variables. These two disciplines facilitate the merger of various concepts like intentions, psychosocial barriers, prevalence of disease, stages of change, attitudes, etc. to analyze intervention programs.

After graduation, I would like a permanent position as a behavioral researcher within IHV, a leading provider of HIV/AIDS care in Maryland. While my aspirations from first-year year have not altered, my experiences since then have cultivated a catalyst for said change. I want to facilitate programs that nurture positive and responsible sexual and reproductive behaviors.


Majors: Public Policy and History
Current Position: Law Student
Current City: Ithaca, NY
Age: 24

I was lucky enough to have the fantastic experience of growing up in Geneva, N.Y., and then attend the Colleges in that very same community. I was able to take the lessons from my classes in public policy, economics and history, and apply them directly to the experiences I had growing up.

As I progressed through my years at HWS, I discovered a deep fascination with notions of fairness, justice and equality. Through work in history and public policy I developed a love for trying to parse out what was right from what was wrong, and thinking critically about social issues, both within a current and historical context. Law school arose as a natural next step.

I graduated from HWS in 2007 and had one of the most interesting opportunities one could hope for. I worked for HWS President Mark D. Gearan for two years as the Presidential Fellow. I am now a 1L at Cornell Law School and can say confidently that his counsel and guidance throughout my four years as an undergraduate, and then while working in his office, contributed immensely in getting me to where I am now. While I was applying I also received guidance from Dick Rosenbaum '52, P '86, Pat Solomon '92 and Derrick Moore '05, all of whom are Cornell Law alums.

Hobart and William Smith is where I discovered clarity in my values and a sense of purpose. I have no doubt that my career after law school will have many twists and turns from work in traditional legal venues, the private sector, and in public service confronting social issues head on. HWS has prepared me well to maneuver these twists and turns. Most significantly, I know that the values I forged at HWS will not change, nor will the friendships, memories, or pure affection I will always have for the place that is, in more than one way, my home.


Majors: Political Science and Public Policy
Current Position: Legal Department
Current City: Boston, MA
Age: 25

Interested in political science and eager to begin pre-season for lacrosse, I arrived at HWS as a first year knowing it was the right place for me but with little clarity on what I wanted to take away from my time there. I never would have imagined that by 25 I would live in four countries, register more than 10,000 people to vote, and complete a Fulbright Scholarship. From day one, my experiences at HWS built upon one another in incredibly significant and interconnected ways, ultimately leading me to my current position at the Clinton Foundation.

Presently, I work in the Foundation's legal department, supporting two of their largest global programs: the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Clinton HIV/ AIDS Initiative. I work with teams in more than 30 countries, and specifically focus on connecting the Foundation and local NGOs, companies, and governments. It is my responsibility to ensure that the Foundation's legal and financial interests are protected in all relevant documents, and that the programmatic teams have the necessary resources to create and work with these documents in the field.

The knowledge I gained through my public policy and political science degrees, combined with the experiences I had while on my Fulbright in Indonesia, participating in the Washington D.C. off-campus study program, and studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, profoundly enrich what I do at the Foundation. Most valuable though, are the relationships I built, and continue to build, with HWS faculty, staff and alums. Their support and insight have helped shape my ideas into actions, every step of the way.

During the 2004 presidential elections, Professor Craig Rimmerman inspired and helped me create HWS Votes. His continued guidance led to an incredible internship with the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) while on the Washington D.C. off-campus program my senior year. Professor Pat McGuire opened my eyes to the world of travel, economics and Excel while studying abroad in Ireland. This, along with support from the Director of the Colleges' Center for Global Education Tom D'Agostino, led me to apply for the Salisbury International Internship Stipend, which sent me back to Ireland to do research and coordinate a service-learning program for the HWS Public Service Office. The independence I gained from the Salisbury experience was paramount to my success in Indonesia.

In hindsight, I see that these experiences and relationships have been the building blocks that not only led me to my current job, but that also shape my world-view, serving as a foundation I can confidently expand upon. In the near future, I hope to pursue a joint degree program in Law and Public Policy, with a focus on International Development. I know that wherever I choose to go, the values and relationships I developed while at HWS will continue to guide my course.


Major: History
Current Position: Insurance Broker
Current City: New York, New York
Age: 25

When I started at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I figured an HWS liberal arts education would be a great way to find a niche and connection in the business world when I graduated. Eventually, my inherent interest and passion for history and my knack for problem solving led me to major in history.

Today I am a licensed property and casualty, life, accident and health insurance broker at DeWitt Stern Group. Every day, I use the skills developed from my history major to solve problems. By looking at the past, it is evident that history often repeats itself. In the insurance world, we try to prevent claims or loss from repeating itself. The amount of reading I was assigned by my professors in the history department at Hobart and William Smith has given me the ability to read a 150 page insurance contract and rip it apart. I spend my days thinking of ways that I can protect my clients from losses and help prevent them from repeating history on their claims. I have the pleasure of working with three other Hobart alumni on a daily basis, and I am very grateful to be surrounded by the Hobart Community in my work environment.

My job search was initially a struggle, but with the help of career services I met Charlie Johnson '77. Charlie took me under his wing and taught me the intricacies of business and the insurance industry. To say the very least, Charlie has been a great mentor
and is very active within the HWS community.

I am passionate when it comes to staying in touch with the Hobart and William Smith community. Having the opportunity to co-chair the HWS Club of New York City has given me the chance to stay in touch with friends and acquaintances and to encourage alumni to stay active with the Colleges. I have co-chaired the NYC group for the last two years and have been very active with mentoring current history majors and students with their studies and future career plans.

Having passed my insurance licensing exams, I am currently studying for the GMAT to attend graduate school here in New York City. Today's world puts many real challenges in front of recent graduates. With the education I received at Hobart William Smith, I feel more prepared than many of my cohorts.

*LATRACE DABNEY '09 - City Year New York

Major: History
Current Position: Team Leader at PS/IS 50 in East Harlem
Current City: Brooklyn, New York
Age: 22

Coming to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I was determined to become a Political Science major, but after spending time on campus and in the classroom, I quickly realized that I had no interest in politics at all! Logically, the best next step for me seemed to be International Relations, but it was my time in History classes that I found to be the most fulfilling and practical. The Professors within the History Department not only challenged me and led me to think critically, but also encouraged me to be creative within the learning process.

Currently, I work for City Year New York, a non-profit organization that hires young adults to work in high-risk public schools as tutors, mentors and role models to middle and elementary school students. My position as a Team Leader allows me to manage a group of ten 17-24 year olds, who provide academic support and mentorship for at risk youth at PS/IS 50, an elementary school in East Harlem. My decision to work for City Year New York, was directly impacted by my experiences at HWS, studying abroad in South Africa, and support from mentors, family and friends.

My most memorable moments during college occurred while volunteering for America Reads where I learned the importance of civic engagement and the difference I could make in the life of a child. My journey in South Africa during a semester abroad opened my eyes to millions of children who are unable to attend school and those who drop out of school due to their circumstances. South Africa reinforced my belief that children need a solid educational foundation and a positive influence to look up to.

At this juncture, I'm excited about completing my year of service with City Year and the many lives I will touch in the process. The lessons I have learned so far are invaluable. My ultimate goal is to go to law school and become an attorney, so that I can hopefully be an advocate for those who are voiceless.


Major: Urban Studies
Current Position: Teacher
Current City: Vinh Vien, Vietnam
Age: 22

I came to Hobart and William Smith Colleges with the world open to me, and after taking "Intro to Sociology" and "Sociology of the City" during my sophomore year, I became fascinated with the constructions that we as humans create in order to live together. At that time I expected my future plans to head in the direction of urban policy or planning. I even did an internship with the Office of Planning and Economic Development at the Geneva City Hall.

But it was my decision to study abroad in Vietnam in the fall of 2007 that changed everything. I discovered and formed a lasting relationship with the people and culture of the country through constant exploration, including a monumental motorcycle trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

After leaving the country, I vowed to return. Back at HWS, my focus shifted from urban studies to a pursuit of a global career. In the summer of 2008, I was able to get a job working in Thailand and Vietnam with the company Rustic Pathways, specializing in travel and community service programs for high school students. The opportunity, which I found out about through Professor of Sociology Jim Spates, allowed me to get abroad again and work constantly with other Thai and Vietnamese staff, ultimately proving to be a valuable experience.

Through the Salisbury Center for Career Services, I applied and interviewed for the Princeton-in-Asia Teaching program, and in March, heard back from the director of Vietnam programs and was accepted for a position setting up and working in a new post in Vietnam, the most rural thus far, and ultimately a unique position in itself.

At the conclusion of my year in the rural Mekong Delta, I plan to move to Ho Chi Minh City to look for work again. I do not have any desire to leave this country yet, and I want to be sure that I am making a lasting impression here rather than simply dipping my foot in the pool. At this point, I plan on searching for work in the field of consulting for Western companies doing work in Vietnam where I can use some of the skills gained from HWS as well as the intercultural understanding I plan to gain from my year in the Mekong Delta, and one day own my own business.


Major: Biology
Current Position: Medical Student at Upstate Medical University's College of Medicine
Current City: Syracuse, NY
Age: 23

When I came to HWS, I knew I wanted to study life sciences and eventually go on to medical school, but I also wanted to do something creative, like writing or music. I just wasn't sure how I was going to balance everything. During my first semester, I started incorporating the prerequisites I would need to get into medical school after graduation. But I decided to sign up for a Beginning Dance class, too, as a creative outlet and stress reliever from all of the lab courses I was taking. I fell in love.

I was a Blackwell Scholar, which provided full four-year tuition to attend the colleges, a guaranteed seat at Upstate Medical College of Medicine and a waiver of the requirement to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), so a great deal of what I was going to study was set in stone. But Dance became my minor area of study, and I paired it with my knowledge of biology to examine movement studies and the kinesiology of the body. Professor Cadence Whittier was instrumental in inspiring me to make connections between life sciences and dancing. The more I danced, the more I appreciated the outlet. I danced in the student dance collective Koshare, and from there, I was able to branch out to add music and writing to my studies as well. I joined an a cappella group and took some Writing and Rhetoric courses. Each of my professors influenced and inspired me.

Throughout my studies, Professor Thomas Glover was particularly instrumental in developing my appreciation for research and the scientific process. He made the nitty-gritty parts of science feel more like common sense, which has served me well. I may have known what I wanted to do when I came to HWS, but all of the experiences I had there helped prepare me for the steps I'm taking now as a medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University's College of Medicine.

Over the next several months, I'll be preparing for and taking my United States Medical Licensing Examination. I don't know what I want to specialize in yet, but I am looking forward to exploring my residency and field options.


Major: Public Policy Studies
Minor: Economics
Current Position: Masters candidate
Current Town: Ann Arbor, MI
Age: 24

I've always been interested in public decision making and chose to major in Public Policy fairly early in my Hobart career. However, my policy interests were very broad—and still are. I took courses in an array of policy areas under the guidance of Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman and took several economics courses to build a practical skill set for quantitative policy analysis. In my senior year I threw my hat into an environmental policy concentration, combining my personal affection for nature with my academic and intellectual interests in public policy.

After graduating, I took a position with a social policy research firm, where I provided quantitative and qualitative research support for several federal, state, and local health and education policy projects. The experience solidified my policy research skills and served as an excellent stepping-stone to graduate school. Despite a newfound appreciation for health and education policy, current events and my own nagging desire to join the ranks of those defending our natural environment led me to the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.

I am enrolled in the environmental policy curriculum track and expect to receive my M.S. in 2011. My interests have evolved to include sustainable energy systems and sustainable agriculture. I am currently planning a master's project that entails developing a "master sustainability plan" for a wildlife research compound and adjoining village in Kenya. I plan to incorporate advanced economics training into my master's program and am toying with the idea of continuing in an economics Ph.D. program to complete my tool set for environmental analysis and to open doors into the research field.


Major: Geoscience
Current Position: Science Teacher
Current Town: Rochester, NY
Age: 26

When I entered Hobart and William Colleges in 2002, I had every intention of becoming a teacher. I quickly found my way to Lansing Hall, studied Geoscience, enrolled in the MAT program, and was performing observations in science classrooms at local schools. It was a wonderful fit.

In the spring of my senior year at HWS, I hastily decided I wanted to pursue a master's degree in soil science. I applied to the University of Vermont, was accepted, and studied calcium mineralogy of forest soils for two months. It was definitely the wrong path. So I moved home to Albany, N.Y., where I drew blood at mobile blood drives for the American Red Cross. When I realized my conversations with donors kept returning to topics in Earth Science, I decided I needed to reactivate my passion for education and science.

It was in 2008 that I enthusiastically (and gratefully) returned to HWS to complete the one-year MAT degree. During this time, I was fortunate to student teach under the guidance of Hobart alum Bob Dedrick, at Canandaigua Academy. It was because of this connection that I learned of the Earth Science position at Wayne High School, where I am currently teaching.

My first year of teaching has been tremendously rewarding. The kids are complicated, funny and brilliant. I feel as though the compilation of experiences I had at, and in association with, HWS prepared me for this year. It is my hope that I can lend a hand to a future Statesman or Heron looking for a wild road in science education.


Major: Public Policy Studies
Current Position: J.D. Candidate
Current Town: Albany, NY
Age: 28

When I came to HWS I was under a lot of pressure to ultimately end up in medical school. But after struggling with the natural sciences, I switched gears and found myself much more comfortable studying the social sciences. My interest in public policy grew as I took advantage of many of the Colleges' opportunities; including spending a summer as a congressional intern in D.C., receiving a grant to study culture in central Europe, and completing the first honors thesis for a public policy major.

After graduation I jumped into the trenches of grassroots politics. I worked for an upstate mayor, served as a personal aide to a Congresswoman representing western New York, and ran a citywide political campaign. I then had the privilege to return to the Colleges to help prepare for its capital campaign. Working for the division of institutional advancement, I traveled from coast-to-coast to reengage alums.

But I knew I wanted more. I missed the excitement of government. I wanted to make a difference in people's everyday lives. I wanted to be a leader. I needed to get a law degree.

Now, as a third-year law student, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My time in law school has been challenging, but successful. I have worked for the New York Governor and also for the one of our nation's largest law firms. I am a member of the editorial board for the Albany Law Review. I am also class president and was recently appointed to the Albany Law School Board of Trustees.

My next move is unknown. Despite this difficult economy, I turned down a job offer from a global law firm. Nevertheless, I am confident in my decision. If I learned anything at HWS, it was that you have to follow your heart. If I hadn't, I'd be struggling in medical school right now instead of doing what I love.


Majors: Biology
Current Position: Professional Basketball Player
Current Town: Copenhagen, Denmark
Age: 23

I came to Hobart and William Smith Colleges because the liberal arts education and interdisciplinary approach was very appealing. I decided to major in biology in the spring of my sophomore year, but even then I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it after graduation.

As my senior spring was coming to a close in May 2008, I went with my father to a basketball showcase in New Jersey in attempt to get an agent, and possibly an offer, to play overseas. Over the next few months, I was given the run around from a group of teams, but William Smith Head Basketball Coach Lindsay Drury proved to be very helpful in my pursuit to play professional basketball overseas.

Coach Drury helped me establish connections with Geneva native Todd Anthony - currently living and playing in Denmark - as well as fellow Liberty Leaguer and Hamilton College Head Coach Sean Mackin, who also played professionally. With the help of these connections, I received a phone call in late October 2008 from the Head Coach of the Falcon Basketball Club in Copenhagen, Denmark. I was advised to come over as soon as possible for a tryout, and within a week and a half, I was on a plane. Within a day of being overseas, I landed the job. It's been a great experience and I am very fortunate that I had not only the opportunity, but also the help and support of such caring people.

While I one day hope to be a physician's assistant, I will never forget my experience playing basketball overseas and the guidance Coach Drury offered me. I would love to be a head basketball coach someday and have the opportunity to give the opportunities and guidance to younger women that my coaches have given to me.


Majors: Media and Society and International Relations
Current Position: Public Diplomacy graduate student / Intern at CNN's <em>John King: USA</em>
Curent Town: Washington, DC
Age: 23

The moment I arrived at Hobart and William Smith, my life changed in unimaginable ways.

I came to HWS from Bogota, Colombia and I found a place like no other I had ever seen. Most importantly, I found a community that welcomed me and that supported me and continues to support me today.

When first choosing my courses, I knew I wanted to try both International Relations and Media and Society. I took Associate Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn's Intro to International Relations, and I took Professor Les Friedman's courses in Media and Society, and I was absolutely certain I wanted to explore both areas. Luckily, I didn't have to choose between them, but rather, I was able to focus on the interdisciplinary linkage between the two.

During my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Norwich, England, and between my junior and senior years, I was awarded the Salisbury International Internship Stipend, which allowed me to spend three months in Mexico City interning for the Mexican Institute of Cinematography. While in Mexico, I did research for my honors project. With Professor Friedman as my advisor, I explored the way in which contemporary Mexican cinema affects the construction of national identity in Mexico.

After graduation, I found a graduate program that would allow me to continue focusing on the interdisciplinary connection between International Affairs and Media. This May, I will graduate from the Public Diplomacy program at Syracuse University, with two masters degrees: one from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and the other from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

As part of my graduate program, I have to complete two internships. I spent last summer in Switzerland at the Colombian Embassy to the United Nations. Currently, I am spending my last semester of graduate school in Washington, D.C., interning for CNN's new 7 p.m. show John King, USA, which will premiere later this March.

I have been able to pursue all of these opportunities thanks to the support and guidance of members of the HWS community, from the Gearan family, to amazing Professors such as Les Friedman, Kevin Dunn, Alejandra Molina, Neeta Bhasin and Mary Salibrici, to Chaplain Adams, the Deans, and my friends and classmates.

I feel very lucky because I know wherever I go, I will always find members of the HWS community willing to lend a helping hand. I am eternally grateful, because I know that I am able to make the most out of the opportunities that I have been given because of the education and mentorship that I received at Hobart and William Smith.


Majors: Biology and Chemistry
Current Position: Epidemiologist
Current Town: Raleigh, NC
Age: 29

In 2002, I graduated from HWS with a Bachelor of Science degree. I double majored in biology and chemistry and studied abroad in Denmark. During my senior year, I decided to delay applying to graduate school and take a job in a science field in order to explore different options. I accepted a position as a researcher in a genetics laboratory studying low doses of various toxic chemicals at the National Institutes of Health. During this time, I also took a night class in epidemiology, a field closely intertwined with biostatistics. After about three months, I knew that I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in epidemiology.

I completed a PhD in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina in May 2008. During graduate school I worked on a variety of research topics, such as neighborhood-level deprivation, birth outcomes, violence among children, and cancer. My dissertation examined whether trans fat consumption was associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. My work has been published in public health journals and has been included in magazines such as Men's Health and Women's Health.

After graduation, I accepted a job at the Environmental Protection Agency where I work on two different areas of research - asbestos exposure and air pollution. One of my current studies is examining the potential association between particulate matter in the air and birth outcomes. The best part of my job is that it combines disciplines I enjoy (math and science) with my desire to improve public health! I love knowing that the work I do will make a positive difference in people's lives. In the future, I would also like to work on diseases that are often understudied, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

I thank my professors at HWS for helping me get to where I am today. My professors encouraged me to pursue my interests, and working closely with professors on an honors project was good preparation for writing a masters thesis. I credit HWS professors with fostering the skills I needed to become an independent researcher in an interdisciplinary field that requires creative thinking in combination with mathematical and scientific skills.


Major: French and Francophone Studies
Current Position: Actor
Current City: New York City
Age: 26

In 2001, I came to HWS with dreams of litigation. It was excitement of performance in the court room that I loved, not the actual idea of being a lawyer. I had always been passionate about the stage, having done many musicals in school. So, I quickly changed my focus away from the Anthropology and Political Science classes back to art, where I knew I belonged. I spent four amazing years with Dance professors whose methodologies are unique to HWS. I graduated with a minor in Dance while studying French and Francophone Studies (every artist has a plan B!). It was those dance professors who taught me more about myself than I ever would have learned myself and it is those said professors who still continue to mentor me today.

In 2006, I went back to school to study acting at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, and I've never rested from performing. Recently, I just finished the role of Silvio in the Queens' Players production of The Servant of Two Masters. My debut solo show, SING NO EVIL opened last winter at the Laurie Beechman Theatre to rave reviews and is now in consideration for a Mac Award. Last summer I worked with the NY Times reviewed Xoregos Performing Company in their production of Brief Shorts.

Since moving to New York City, I've grown accustomed to a lifestyle that could be classified as "multiple-jobs to make ends meet." It comes with the territory. I'm happily the assistant to my acting mentor, Maggie Flanigan, a server in a restaurant by night, and I do promotional modeling on the side. I'm very proud of my career, and with the lessons I learned at HWS I have the ability to say "I'm in control of me." At the end of the day, I love that what I do has the power to transcend someone away from the rigors of reality and life. It makes me beam in every way to know that my art somehow changes things for someone.

I'm still growing as an artist; my mentors' voices are always with me - to be honest with yourself and others, to have passion for life, and to be proud of who I am and of the art I make. I'm making my way to Broadway ... it seems arduous at times. But I know that I am where I am today because of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, my unbelievably supportive family, The Maggie Flanigan Studio, and everyone that has supported my career and followed my successes.

To find out more about Joshua and his work, visit his <a href="http://www.joshuawarr.com/Home.html">personal page</a>. And to watch a multimedia presentation about his one man show, click <a href="http://www.johnminchillo.com/">here</a>.


Majors: Economics and Public Policy
Current Position: Masters Candidate
Current Town: London, England
Age: 23

I arrived at HWS undecided in what I wanted to major in. I gravitated toward Women's Studies in my first year, and I asked to be signed in to an upper level economics course on economics and gender taught by former Professor Kanchana Ruwanpura. I became so engaged in the coursework, that I decided to take the Principles of Economics the following semester; the rest is history.

I have been especially encouraged and mentored by many of the professors at HWS. Though I decided not to complete a women's studies degree, Professor of Women's Studies Betty Bayer continuously inspired me to pursue my activism on campus and in the wider community. My passion for social justice ultimately brought me to seek a year of employment at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

During the last couple years of my Economics degree, I became a permanent fixture in Stern Hall, on the floor where the Economics faculty resides. My adviser, Professor of Economics Chris Gunn, was especially influential in helping me balance all of my interests and passions, encouraging me to study abroad in India the fall of my senior year despite a heavy course load in the spring. Professor of Public Policy Craig Rimmerman was key in fueling my interest in public policy and politics, and spent many hours of his time in dialogue with me.

Professor Kanchana Ruwanpura, who left HWS for a post at the University of Southampton in the UK in my junior year, has been one of my most encouraging and inspirational mentors. It was because of her that I first decided to pursue an Economics degree because she helped me draw the connections between economics, politics and social issues. She encouraged me to join the ILO following graduation and seek a degree abroad, and she has made herself available to discuss my options. Today, I consider her both a mentor and a friend, visiting her while abroad and continuously seeking her advice on next steps.

Currently, I am pursing a masters degree in international political economy at the London School of Economics, focusing on the politics of money in the international economy and international relations of the Middle East. I should complete the degree next September, and as I work toward that goal, I am also studying to becoming fluent in a second language—Turkish. I plan to stay in London for at least a couple of years, and have been applying to jobs in the private and public sector.

Finally, Bob Murphy, former Director of Career Services (along with the rest of the CSO staff) has been a very influential mentor for me since my first year at HWS. Without him, I would not have pursued a number of career and personal opportunities that continue to lead me down intellectually stimulating and adventurous paths. He was particularly helpful in helping me realize some of my own potentials, encouraging me to apply for an internship at Yahoo!, under the mentorship of former Yahoo! COO and HWS alum, Dan Rosensweig '83. The two summers I spent at Yahoo!, in Yahoo! for Good and International Marketing, especially under Dan's guidance, have changed the way I analyze business opportunities and sparked in me a passion for social media and marketing that I continue to pursue in part time jobs while studying for my Masters. As I begin searching for full time employment in London, I find the intellectually stimulating, cutting edge and fun atmosphere I had in my summers at Y! hard to beat.


Major: American Studies
Current Position: Assistant Coach at Cornell University
Current Town: Ithaca, NY
Age: 27

When I came to Hobart and William Smith in the fall of 2001, I had played basketball my whole life. I knew I wanted to continue my involvement in the sport, but more than anything else, I knew I wanted to coach one day. After playing basketball at the Division-III level for Hobart during my four years, I began my coaching career. After graduation, I spent a year coaching at Williams College and then came back to my alma mater to work under the current Head Coach for Hobart Basketball Izzi Metz '98.

During the 2006-07 season, I helped lead the Hobart squad to an 11-14 mark and a 7-7 conference record. It was great to work with my alma mater and watch the team I'd played for improve throughout the season. The Statesmen won their final four games and five of its final six games overall, and I took pride in working with first-team all-league selection John Grazioli '08 and second-team pick Mike Manning '08.

Currently, I am finishing up my third year as the Assistant Coach for Cornell Basketball. Working with the team and head coach Steve Donahue has been a dream. During my first two seasons, Cornell captured back-to-back Ivy league titles, a first in school history. The 2007-08 team claimed the program's first Ivy League title in 20 years, setting school records for wins (22) and conference victories (14). Cornell became the 13th team in conference history to finish with a perfect league slate (14-0) and was the first non-Penn or Princeton team to accomplish that feat.

We have made it to the NCAA Tournament each of my three years, and this year, we wrapped up the season with 29 wins and made it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen; a very exciting run from our 12-seed in the tournament. To be a part of the process of revitalizing Cornell Basketball and working to bring us from the basement of the Ivy League to a perennial contender and leader in our conference has been tremendously rewarding.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges were extremely helpful in facilitating my career path. As a coach, communication is essential. On any given day, I meet prospective students and parents, speak with the Admissions Office and other coaches on campus, as well as sit in on meetings and give presentations to the rest of our staff; not to mention the intense level of communication that goes on while on the court every day with the team. The liberal arts education I received from HWS helped me to develop a confidence in myself and clarity of thought that allows me to thrive in the high-stress atmosphere of coaching at the Division-I level. Having the opportunity to take a wide breadth of classes opened me up to many varied perspectives and schools of thought, thus allowing me to communicate openly and effectively, while affirming my own convictions.

I hope to be the head coach of a Collegiate Program one day, and I know my time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and work with Izzi Metz have prepared me for a successful and fulfilling career.


Majors: English and Africana Studies
Current Position: Program Assistant, Split This Rock Poetry Festival
Current Town: Washington, D.C.
Age: 23

I knew only one thing when I came to HWS in 2005: I wanted to write. I have always been interested in words and what they do, so I spent most of my first year sampling classes in the English and Writing and Rhetoric departments. I aspired to be a journalist, or maybe an editor. In these two departments, however, there was no pressure to pick a career; instead, there was an emphasis on developing your craft and expanding yourself within it. I began to see that writing was not just a means of communication and expression, but also a method of preservation and exploration.

In my first year I took 'Creative Writing' with Professor Emeritus of English Jim Crenner and 'The Writing Colleague Seminar' with Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Mary Salibrici. These classes allowed me to write both critically and creatively at the same time. I found that techniques/ideas I was learning in one were applicable to the other and vice versa. This became a theme in my undergraduate career as I continued to take English and Writing and Rhetoric courses alongside each other, eventually declaring a major and minor. Each semester the classes were so different, yet so closely related. 'The Writing Colleague Seminar' also trained me to help other students master the writing process. I enjoyed the interaction and discussion around an otherwise solitary craft, and even ended up working at the HWS Summer Institute as a Writing Colleague in the summer of 2009 - an experience that helped me decide that I would love to teach writing for a living.

When I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, my sophomore year, I was able to complete an independent study with Donna Albro, former director of Peer Education in Human Relations, on the resistance literature of apartheid. I began to see writing as not just a meditative, internal practice, but as an important tool for change, outward mobility, truth-telling and witness. For so many under apartheid South Africa, words meant exile and, at times, death. I became committed to social justice and declared a second major in Africana Studies. Under the guidance of Assistant Professor Thelma Pinto, I was able to continue exploring the powerful literature of Africa at HWS and the important conversations around racism, sexism, and other social ills.

My junior year, I enrolled in Honors with poet and Professor of English Lauren Alleyne and, once a week for an entire year, we talked poetry--studying the works of others and giving tough love to my own. Lauren helped me cultivate my voice and challenged my writing, helping me produce a manuscript that I am proud of.

After graduation, I moved to Washington, D.C. and began working at the Institute for Policy Studies' nonprofit called Split This Rock, an organization that Lauren had volunteered with and pointed me in the direction of. Split This Rock is a social justice poetry festival that brings poets and writers to D.C. every other year for four days of workshops, readings and conversations around the idea of poetry as an agent of social change. The organization works year-round to bring open mics, workshops, readings and youth programming to the D.C. community. I could not think of a job that more fully encompasses my passions and studies at HWS. Through my work at Split This Rock I have met and become part of a large, passionate and driven community of writers and other artists who are pushing for social change and social justice tirelessly each and every day.

The poetry scene here in D.C. reminds me of my first year at HWS when I was sure of one thing only: I wanted to write. The desire is still there and growing in this complex city. Supported by my polished Honors portfolio, I applied and was accepted to graduate school and plan to pursue my master of fine arts in creative writing in fall 2010 at American University here in D.C.

I am extremely grateful to be in the position that I am today: pursuing my passion in a supportive and inspiring community. I credit my Professors at HWS--Jim Crenner, David Weiss, Karl Parker, Thelma Pinto, Cheryl Forbes, and of course, Lauren Alleyne--for their incredible mentorship and friendship, and for continually showing me the power of the written word.


Major: Architecture
Current Position: Board Member of Peterborough Energy Policy Study Committee; will begin graduate work in Fall 2010
Current Town: Peterborough, NH
Age: 23

I entered Hobart and William Smith in the fall of 2005 with a vague idea of how the next four years of my life would unfold. I wanted to study architecture to some degree based on some basic computer drafting classes I had taken in high school; needless to say I really did not know anything about the subject.

After several intro studio classes spent developing skills in sculpture and drawing, I found myself in the most defining and influential moment at college. I was taking "Theories of Modern Architecture and Urbanism" with Professor Rick Hauser. During a lecture, he made a point that architects, regardless of their respective focus, always have an obligation to improve the human condition. I knew at this moment that I had picked the right school and program to study. The liberal arts program at HWS allowed me to not only study the physical qualities of design, but the social, environmental, economic and cultural ramifications as well.

Since I graduated, I have been involved in a number of things to keep myself busy before heading to graduate school this upcoming fall. I was interning at an architect's office in Peterborough, NH, where I focused on energy modeling for renovations, rendering conceptual models for clients in both freehand and CAD based forms, as well as compiling and sorting visual material for presentations. Concurrently, I served as a board member for Peterborough's Energy Policy Study Committee, where we prepared a recommendation for taxing methods on sustainable features of private properties. I have also begun working again as a stone mason, a continuation of my summer work for the past seven years. Most importantly, I developed my design portfolio to a point where I was satisfied and could apply to graduate school.

Assistant Professor of Architecture Kirin Makker really helped me, and many in my class, to develop a plan and prepare for graduate school. I doubt that I would have ended up in my graduate program if it were not for her advice. My aunt initially sparked my interest in HWS; she is a graduate of William Smith and directed me toward their Architectural Studies program.

In the short term, my main impetus is to complete my Master of Architecture program on time, preferably within the next three to three and a half years. After that I would certainly be satisfied with becoming a well-respected and influential architect. My dream is to develop my own firm or create one with my friends where we focus on low-income neighborhoods, pre-fabricated housing and most importantly energy efficient structures. I see these as challenges to be met, as they test creativity, resolve and the ability to synthesize various contexts, patterns and theories.


Majors: Dance and Architectural Studies
Current Position: Graduate student at Pratt Institute Graduate Architecture; Graduate Assistant to Chairperson and Assistant Chairperson of Graduate Architecture
Current Town: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Age: 25

I began my studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges intending to pursue my love for dance as well as broaden my academic horizons, and I anticipated revealing undiscovered passions. HWS gave me the opportunity to test several career paths, which undoubtedly lead me to discover my interest in architecture and design, for which I am forever grateful.

My first exposure to architecture was a 3D Design course that I took during my second semester, first year. I grew up with a workshop in the basement, and I would constantly go down to spend time with my father. Upon taking the 3D Design class, I felt at ease on the machines and enjoyed designing and crafting structures with my hands. I thank Professor Stan Mathews for my first real built structure, a bookcase held together by inserted pegs, which could easily disassemble for moving. His guidance, encouragement, and determination helped me make my design idea come to life. This bookshelf, currently on display in my living room, is a constant reminder that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I officially found my calling in the world of Architecture.

Dance and architecture are often considered an unusual major combination, and yet I can't think of a more complimentary combination. Dance has and will always be the backbone that allows me to explore my ideas and express myself through movement. Movement gives me my balance in life, and whenever I feel lost or stressed out, it allows me re-center myself and reestablish a sense of calm. While I've always been a dancer, I didn't fully understand how dance could give this sense of release until attending HWS.

Professor Cadence Whittier was warm and inviting in my first ballet class at HWS, and through discussion and conditioning, she articulated a different way to describe and interpret ballet. She brought my awareness to the spatial aspects of dance choreography. Through my studies, I learned to apply my kinesthetic knowledge as a tangible application in architectural structures and spaces. Both Professors Donna Davenport and Michelle Ikle not only reinforced this intelligence, but encouraged my passion in architecture, as I began the enrollment process to my perspective post-graduate schools. I became very close with my professors in the dance department, babysitting their children and attending gatherings in their homes. Winn-Seeley will always be a home to me, and I will forever treasure the relationships I grew within the space.

At this point in my life I am grateful for all that I have accomplished and the experiences that I have had. An explorer at heart, I have had many opportunities to travel, initiated by my HWS study abroad excursion to Copenhagen, Denmark. Since attending Pratt Institute, I've enrolled in a summer course to Rome, Italy, and most recently returned from Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I studied homelessness and compared similar conditions of low-income housing within NYC.

Excited, nervous, and eager, I am currently completing my final weeks of graduate school, and I will soon receive my masters in architecture from Pratt. I hope to pursue an architecture career within a small boutique firm that is ambitious to attempt and explore new design ideas. I am at a turning point in my life and am not sure what to expect or what the future has in store for me, but I am anxious and motivated to find out.

HWS gave me the courage to embrace the world and the opportunities it holds for me. Pratt Institute has given me the ability to continue my passion in architecture. The individuals who have supported and encouraged me along the way will forever be irreplaceable.


Majors: Political Science and Public Policy
Current Position: Director of Economic Development, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce
Current Town: Syracuse, NY
Age: 24

When I came to Hobart, it was my intention to study biology or another hard science. But I discovered my affinity for political science when I took Intro to American Politics as a first-year student.

It wasn't until my junior year that I further refined my interests to look at the politics and policies behind development practices both domestically and internationally. In the end, I jointly majored in political science and public policy and tried to focus as closely as I could on 'development' studies.

Along the evolution of my academic interests there were many professors, both in and out of the political science department who challenged me to find my own academic voice.

In particular, Professor Rimmerman recognized that I was serious about my studies and helped lead me down a path of public policy studies--an interdisciplinary program that truly taught me that the political world was much much more than just presidential campaigns.

Others, including Professors Mohan, Johnson, Oberbrunner, Gunn and Mertens helped to further teach me that I could apply sociology, economics, philosophy and urban studies into my understanding of the public sector.

I view my individual experiences at Hobart as collectively working to create the person I am today. From learning strict time-management skills during my study abroad program in Washington, D.C.--where I balanced the workload of three classes with a full-time internship--to being allowed to craft my own course of study through the public policy department's wide-range of study options, I emerged from Hobart a changed person.

Most importantly though, my time spent learning in upstate New York taught me that I wanted to pursue professional opportunities that directly involve implementing the ideas I generated at Hobart. I had the opportunity to move to Washington, D.C. and pursue a career, but I instead decided to focus my energies on doing all I can to improve a region that is personally important to me.

Currently, I am the Director of Economic Development for the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in Central New York with approximately 2100 members and 65 employees. Specifically, I manage two programs: the Chamber's efforts to revitalize downtown Syracuse and the day-to-day operations of the High Speed Rail New York Coalition (a statewide group that advocates in support of high speed rail service upstate).

I don't set many career goals for myself. I find that if I work as hard as I can each day then the right opportunities will naturally present themselves. My goal is to constantly be working towards something that I believe to be meaningful.


Majors: Art History and Media and Society
Current Position: Post-War and Contemporary Art Administrator, Christies
Current Town: New York, NY
Age: 24

As long as I can remember, art has always been a part of my life. I began as a photography student in high school and continued as an event photographer as my work-study at HWS. As a first year, I had an equal penchant for writing, and truly thought I would major in English. Over time however, I naturally gravitated to Houghton House and couldn't seem to get enough of my art history classes.

My inclinations were confirmed during my junior year when I spent a semester studying in Rome. At the risk of sounding contrived, my experience there completely changed my life. My faculty adviser and abroad program leader was Jo Anna Isaak, to whom I will be forever grateful. While I was completely taken by Bernini's oeuvre, it was clear that I connected most to contemporary art. Jo Anna was the one who pulled me out of the Renaissance and opened my eyes to the 20th century.

In my final semester at William Smith, I took my senior seminar with Elena Ciletti, a course that examined the work of Artemesia Gentileschi. I recall being slightly disappointed that my choice seminar was unavailable that semester, but could not have been more pleasantly surprised. Elena and Jo Anna helped me find parallels between Gentileschi's work and the work of contemporary artists. Both challenged me in ways few educators have been able to, and my experience would not have been the same without them.

Shortly after graduation, I accepted a position in the Post-War and Contemporary Department at Christie's in New York. Now, working with my colleagues and simply living in New York provides boundless inspiration on a daily basis. In the immediate future, I'm focusing on post-war art-- learning as much as I can about abstract expressionists and classic pop art. Part of my long-term goal is becoming a specialist in the field.

The beauty of contemporary art is that there is never a shortage of new material--markets are always changing and new work is always emerging. Even though I have long since graduated, I've never stopped learning.


Major: Africana Studies�
Current Position:� Health Promotion Officer for the Swiss branch of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)
Current Town: Port au Prince and Leogane, Haiti
Age: 25

I came to HWS from my hometown of Geneva, Switzerland, intending to major in Studio Art, but I quickly changed my mind when I realized that my passion for African culture and human rights could be folded into my academic studies. I ended up majoring in Africana studies and minoring in peer education in human relations (which I always refer to as social justice studies) and studio art.

President Gearan was a huge source of encouragement and information for me. He always had time to talk with me about my interests and career prospects and supported my involvement in HWS cultural clubs. He was also always a staunch supporter of student activists on campus, which I think gave many of us the encouragement we needed to be leaders and push for attention to be paid to issues that we believed were important on campus.

There were also several professors who were especially encouraging and provided a kind of mentorship: Professor Donna Albro, who used to run the peer education in human relations program, bought me a one-way ticket to a lifetime of social justice activism, which I will never be able to thank her enough for.

Professor Thelma Pinto was an incredible example in terms of personal strength and activism. I loved all of my classes with her, and I was privileged enough to study abroad in South Africa alongside her, which played a huge part in consolidating my desire to have a career in public health/ human rights.

Professor Cedric Johnson, though I only had a few classes with him, was truly an interesting and challenging professor. I enjoyed his classes immensely, and he was an excellent source of constructive criticism. I also found him to be an impressive individual in terms of the work that he did in his own community.��

I initially thought I wanted to head into the Peace Corps after graduate school, and President Gearan made time to sit down with me again and again. In the end, I was accepted into the Peace Corps, but I eventually decided I wanted to work with an organization that specialized in refugee and emergency settings.

After graduating from HWS, I went straight into a Masters in Public Health, which I completed from Emory University last May 2009. As of February, 2010, I am working as the Health Promotion Officer for the Swiss branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in our emergency and post-emergency programs in Port au Prince and Leogane, Haiti. I will be stationed in Haiti until July 2010.

I love the work I do no matter how difficult the conditions and I hope to continue to go out on missions with Medecins Sans Frontieres. I am also considering further studies in environmental engineering so that I can take more responsibility in my water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in the field. In fact, six years from now, I hope to be doing exactly what I am doing right now, only with more experience.


Major: Physics�
Current Position:� Ph.D. Candidate , Materials Science and Engineering
Current Town: Trumansburg, NY
Age: 24

I initially came to HWS knowing that I wanted to be a physics major. Getting to the bottom of what makes things happen the way they do was crucial for me, and physics seemed to have the answer. After graduating, I wanted to stay close to the field of physics and was interested in incorporating my environmental studies major.

I did not know what direction to head in, so I asked physics Professor of Physics Steve Penn if he could use a Lab Assistant in his Gravity Waves lab; he said yes. I knew that this was not the field I wanted to be in, but it was certainly a good start to gaining enough experience to be well qualified for another job and gave me time to figure out what it was that I wanted to do. After a year and a half of working for Professor Penn I was ready to move on.

I had learned tons and found that pursuing a PhD in materials science was the next step for me. I found myself accepted into 6 schools. I can say without hesitation that the hard work I put into Professor Penn's lab, and gaining lots of experience there was the largest factor in my success.

Having lots of hands on experience as an undergrad in Professor Pasad Kulatunga's lab and building an electric truck also played large parts in my success. I am now starting my PhD this summer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in materials science and engineering with a focus on materials for solar cells! I hope to complete my PhD work in 5 to 6 years and then look for a job in the industry working with solar cells.

Majors: Media and Society and English
Current Position: Association Manager and Copywriter, Association Development Group
Current Town: Albany, NY
Age: 29

I came to a HWS because I was interested in everything and I wanted to do it all. I knew that I enjoyed writing and literature, but I didn't have a very specific idea about what I wanted to study. I knew that HWS was the place where I would discover my passions. What I didn't know was that this discovery wouldn't just be in class- it would also be through service opportunities like America Reads, through my time working on The Herald, internships, studying abroad, work study and conversations by the lake.

I took sociology and fell in love with the new ways those classes made me think about the world around me. I discovered the Media and Society program and fell in love with the ways I was able to study media and communications through countless lenses. I couldn't stay away from the English department. I didn't exactly narrow down my interests, but I did hone in on a few. I ended up with a double major in Media and Society and English and a minor in Sociology. If I could have stayed four or even eight more years, I would have pursued photography, writing and rhetoric, environmental studies.

During my semester abroad in London, I interned at Shakespeare's Globe. I did many different things there, including work on an outreach project that gave me my first taste of marketing. My experiences there led to my interest in marketing and communications, and a few years after graduating from HWS, I completed my M.A. in communication.

With that degree I set out on my career path--from working as a communications assistant for the New York State Association of Counties to becoming the director of donor relations at the Williston Northampton School, where I worked for Hobart alum Chris Biehn '87, then the chief advancement officer at Williston.

Many HWS community members have guided me along this path. The wonderful people I worked with at Alumni House for three years as part of my work study job have been a great resource since I graduated, always willing to offer career advice or suggestions. It wasn't just my professors that defined my time at HWS--it was all of the people I met along the way.

I currently work for the <u><A href="http://adgcommunications.com/">Association Development Group</A></u>, a small association management firm in Albany, N.Y., doing management and communications work for local, state and national non-profit organizations. It's a fantastic job for me--I get to do so many things I love, like help organizations reach their supporters through a variety of communications methods, work with non-profit associations on growing their membership and achieving their goals, explore ways that new media can assist organizations in spreading their messages, and develop new ways of connecting organizations with their constituents. Every day is different, and I work with a variety of interesting groups and people. The liberal arts education I received at HWS allowed me to explore so many of my interests, and this job allows me to continue that journey of exploration through my passion for assisting in the growth of non-profits through effective communication.

I never could have predicted the career path that's led me to where I am now, and I hope that my path continues to take unexpected and positive turns. I hope to continue to find professional satisfaction through a career that offers interesting challenges and the opportunity to do work that I feel good about. I think often of President Gearan's line about objects in the rearview mirror being closer than they appear. I have felt that way about HWS since I graduated-- the lessons and experiences that I took away from Geneva have remained with me, and given me the foundation for my current pursuits.


Major: Economics and Social Justice
Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at American University
Current Town: Washington, D.C.
Age: 24

Even though I came to HWS with an interest in international economics, I struggled while deciding on my major. I ended up double majoring in Economics and an individually designed major of Social Justice. My individual major allowed me to take advantage of breadth of amazing courses and faculty at HWS and gave me the flexibility to grow as a scholar and a thinker. It pushed me in directions I could not have anticipated.

I was hired as a research assistant for Kanchana Ruwanpura '93, then an assistant professor of economics at HWS, the summer after my sophomore year. I really loved working with her and fell in love with the process of research. Professor of Economics Chris Gunn was also incredibly influential, as was Alejandra Molina, whose limitless passion for social justice inspired me, both personally and professionally. All three of them continue to motivate me today.

After graduation, I worked with the International Labor Organization in Switzerland, but I just started a Ph.D. program in economics at American University. I am also working as a TA while continuing to do research with my supervisor at the International Labor Organization. I'm hoping to survive this first semester, and if that goes well, within the next 6 years, I will be Dr. Roncolato. Eventually, I would like to ultimately end up in academia, although I can also see myself continuing to do policy work for some time.


Major: Biology
Current Position: Secretary to the Board of Trustees in the President's Office
Current Town: Geneva, NY
Age: 27

I chose to pursue a liberal arts education at HWS because I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do after graduation. I knew I liked the natural sciences from my high school days, but I also had a passion for American politics. Here, I got to explore both and I graduated with a BS in Biology and a minor in American Studies. I felt prepared to go out into the real world with a strong skill set in both my written and verbal communication skills because of my work in the classroom here at HWS.

After graduation, I returned to Hobart and William Smith as the Assistant Hobart Rowing Coach and Area Coordinator in the Office of Residential Education. My primary responsibility for crew was to coach the First-Years on the team and recruit incoming high school students. In ResEd, I was responsible for five, all-male residence halls and supervised a staff of eight resident assistants. It was a new position at the time, and one that was ideal for me.

In the Fall of '08, President Gearan asked if I would assist in his office because his Chief of Staff was leaving the Colleges. What was a temporary position has turned into something more permanent and I will be forever grateful to President Gearan for this opportunity. Some of my tasks include planning and facilitating the President's Forum Lecture Series, and helping run the three Board of Trustee meetings we have each year. It's a very dynamic position here at the Colleges, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to work with such a dedicated faculty and committed staff. Having been a student here, I now understand just how much is put into ensuring all of our students have the best possible college experience.

I don't think I'd be where I am today if it wasn't for the help of Robb Flowers, current Vice President of Student Affairs. Robb was previously the Director of Residential Education and took a chance hiring a young alum with no prior student affairs experience. He remains a trusted colleague and close friend and it is staff like Robb and faculty who make HWS such a special place.

I love my job and am grateful for the opportunity to work here. Someday I hope to move closer to my family in New England and find a job that I love just as much this one.


Major: Anthropology
Current Position: Fundraising Associate
Current Town: New York, New York
Age: 23

When I came to Hobart and William Smith, I knew that I wanted to become a more sophisticated and worldly person. I wanted to graduate with an eclectic education. I wanted to become the kind of person who is made up of components from different parts of the world.

I was lucky enough to be placed in an Anthropology 101 during my first year, and I ended up devoting the rest of my four years to not only to being an anthropology major but also to becoming a more culturally aware and active individual.

My adviser, Professor Richard Dillon, and Associate Professor Jeffrey Anderson helped me experience education and anthropology in ways I never thought possible. From the very beginning Professor Dillon taught me how to learn; he taught me how to train myself to understand, conceptualize, and be an engaging student. Toward the end of my time at HWS, Professor Anderson taught me how to educate myself as we worked on an independent study project during my senior spring semester. Throughout that process, I experienced a vigor for learning and self-education that I had never experienced before.

In my four years at HWS, I was the treasurer for the Caribbean Student Association, was a tutor for America Reads, lived in one of the schools available theme houses, the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, researched Hobart's history, and was able to study abroad in India. These experiences allowed me to be creative, attentive and worldly.

Immediately after graduation, I began working at a pre-school. In January, I started interning with Event Associates Inc., which has led the NYC area in nonprofit fundraising around special events for more than 25 years. Recently, Event Associates Inc. has hired me as a full-time Associate. In my year out of college I experienced two very different career fields: from nurturing children ages 2-4 to being on the events team for the Robin Hood Benefit at the Javits Center, which hosted nearly 4,000 people. I have also had the opportunity to help host events at the MoMA, the Cipriani, the Mandarin Oriental, the Waldorf Astoria, the Temple of Dendur at the MET and the Intrepid.

I am a firm believer in Kismet, which translates into fate, and that's how I view my future. I love working events that cater to non-profits and will continue to pursue opportunities that will give me more insight into the event world.


Majors: Public Policy and Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Current Position: Business Manager and Company Dancer
Current Town: Davis, California
Age: 23

When I was applying for colleges, I wanted to go far away from California and see what the rest of the country was like. After the initial culture shock, I realized the full extent of what HWS has to offer, and I wanted to take advantage of it all.

My path to graduation included a lot of different roads, and HWS provided me with many opportunities to get involved. I interned for 2 summers with Mobilize.org, learning the ins and outs of non-profits and learning how to work for one (it's a different skill set than working in business).

I also worked different jobs, including at the Rhythm Room. I think that building and maintaining relationships at all the places I work and volunteer has been the most important part of getting hired. It is really about who you know a lot of the time.

These co-curricular activities prepared me for the real world. The allowed me to develop confidence and real skills that I use every day, such as raising money, building community partnerships, and getting people excited about and involved in my work.

Currently, I'm working multiple jobs, continuing my passion for dance and social justice. I'm the studio manager and a dance instructor at Rhythm Room Dance and Movement Center, and I'm responsible for all the day-to-day doings at the studio, including customer services and outreach for new customers. As the business manager and company dancer for COterie DAnce Company (CODA), I help the operations manager and the artistic director realize their creative visions by building community partnerships, engaging our community in our work, and doing outreach to build our cast of dancers. In addition, fundraising is going to be my biggest responsibility for our 2010-2011 season starting in August!

As a microenterprise fellow for Women's Initiative, a non-profit empowering high-potential, lower-income women entrepreneurs, I work in the public policy and research department doing interviews with clients to collect data, as well as doing qualitative analysis of the open-ended questions on the surveys. I hope to turn this fellowship into a full-time career.

In the future, I would love to have just one job that pays the bills, but I don't want to settle! I want to work with and for passionate people who want to change the world, and I want to do something I feel is important.


Majors: English, Creative Writing Concentration
Current Position: MFA Candidate and Iowa Arts Fellow, University of Iowa
Current Town: Iowa City, Iowa
Age: 24

"You'll be a big fish in a small pond at Hobart," my high school creative writing teacher said to me when I was seventeen. "They have a great English program, and I think you'd thrive in that such a community-based environment. And, besides, that's where I went." This was the kind of encouragement I continued to get from my teacher and Hobart alum Josh Slifkin '91, even during my time at a community college in my hometown. I knew he was right all along; I needed to make sure that I could make my transfer to the Colleges happen. Fortunately, transferring was feasible and even easier than I expected.

Once I was at HWS, I found a home in Demarest Hall, both on the first floor as an English major and on the third floor as a minor in philosophy. My experience in both of these areas was challenging yet personable. I spent so much time meeting one-on-one with my professors during office hours, professors to whom I owe endless thanks. In particular, I owe so much gratitude to my fiction mentor and Associate Professor of English Melanie Conroy-Goldman as well as my philosophy mentor and Hobart Dean Eugen Baer.

But the extraordinary mentoring I received at HWS didn't end when I graduated. After commencement, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to stay on campus as the assistant editor of the Seneca Review and as an editor in the Office of Communications. During those two years, I had the chance to work with three additional writing mentors: Professor of English David Weiss, Emeritus Professor of English Jim Crenner and Assistant Professor of English Karl Parker. I cannot thank these three professors enough for all of their guidance, time, and suggestions regarding my writing and my grad school selections. In addition to the help of these HWS professors, I also received pivotal advice from Stephen Kuusisto '76, esssayist and professor of nonfiction at Iowa, when he was on campus for a lecture. During an impromptu conversation in Scandling Campus Center, Steve encouraged me to apply to the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program (NWP) as an experimental fiction writer whose work fused theoretic and genre-bent forms, especially the lyric essay.

After sending out my applications, I prepared myself to get the infamous Iowa rejection letter. Instead, I got a phone call before anything came in the mail from any school. The call, ironically, was from John D'Agata '95, essayist and professor of nonfiction at Iowa, who told me that I was accepted into the NWP and would most likely have an Iowa Arts Fellowship. After accepting the NWP's offer and moving from Geneva to Iowa City, I've spent the past academic year studying under Steve, John, and many other stellar professors in various departments across campus. In the writing workshops, I've been able to progress alongside some of the most brilliant writers I've ever met. All of these awe-inspiring people, peers and professors alike, have helped me to further my passion for fusing fiction, nonfiction, and philosophy into new forms of writing.

Outside of my writing and coursework, I continue to serve as the assistant editor of the Seneca Review and have also led creative writing workshops for the Midwest Veterans Writers Workshop as well as the Pittsburgh Public Schools. This summer, I will join a group of writers in Corfu, Greece for two weeks in the University of Iowa's 2010 Overseas Writer's Workshop. Next fall, my first publication, a fictional memoir titled "Bandaged Moments," will appear in the fall 2010 issue of Essays and Fictions.

Looking beyond my time in graduate school, I know more than ever that I want to pursue a career teaching creative writing on the college and graduate level. At the same time, I plan to write books, edit a national literary journal, do creative consulting work and become involved in teaching creative writing to under-served youth as a constructive means of expression.

*Barbara Johnson '08 - Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Major: Art History
Current Position: Education Coordinator
Current Town: New York City
Age: 23

If I close my eyes long enough, I can still remember the day I visited Hobart and William Smith as a prospective student. At the time, I was vaguely interested in environmental science and art history, so I observed both options by sitting timidly in the back of two classrooms. By the end of my visit, I had unknowingly fallen in love with HWS and committed myself to a liberal arts education.

During my first year, I decided to pursue my passion for art history whole-heartedly, thanks in part to the awe-inspiring faculty at Houghton House. I made another major decision in the spring of my first year when I applied for the Teacher Education Program. For the following three years, in addition to my typical college coursework, I attended early morning seminars and taught in various elementary general and special education classrooms. The experience changed the way I viewed the teacher-student relationship and myself as “I learned how to learn.”

Years later, I am the Education Coordinator for the secular Department of Public Education and Visitor Services at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Located in New York City, it is the largest cathedral in the world, a major cultural center for music and the arts, and an international tourist attraction. While I value the administrative responsibilities and departmental influence that comes with my job, the aspect I enjoy the most is the opportunity to teach children and adults of all ages and abilities. On any given day, I can be found speaking with school groups about the Middle Ages, architecture, geometry, ecology, and visual arts. This combination of education and art history is what first attracted me to the field of museum education.

I am also dedicated to increasing the accessibility of museums, both physically and programmatically, for people with disabilities. I was recently invited to speak at a conference for museum educators in New York City, sitting on a panel alongside staff from the Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum, and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum to discuss current access issues. Since then, I have conducted professional development sessions designed to help other museums create better programs for visitors with disabilities.

Looking back, it took a lot of hard work and support from professors, career services, employers, and friends to bring me where I am today. In particular, I am indebted to Professors Elena Ciletti, Lara Blanchard, Mary Kelly, and Helen McCabe as they guided me through each step of the process and encouraged me when I felt rejected or overwhelmed. With the help of Joe Ambrosetti from Career Services, I gained practical work experience during the summers as an intern. I learned about Himalayan art and the museum collection when I worked on exhibit catalog publications at the Rubin Museum of Art, educational digital media when I worked on a website for kids at the New York Historical Society and programs for people with disabilities when I worked in the education department at the Museum of Modern Art.

But enough about the past - I want to focus on the future. I want to share the beauty and knowledge of art. I hope to make more cultural institutions and their collections accessible. I want to make a difference. I am considering going back to school for a master's degree in Museum Education, but for now, my plan is to continue on this path wherever it leads me. I want to teach. I want to inspire. I want to be inspired by the ones I teach.

*Jason Conwall '09 – NYS Senate

Major: Political Science
Current Position: Press Officer, Majority Press Office
Current Town: Albany, N.Y.
Age: 23

Upon arriving at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, academics were truly the last thing on my mind. This quickly changed for me, however, when I took Intro to American Politics during my first semester. The class reaffirmed my long-time desire to study politics, which had always piqued my interest in high school, and I quickly realized that I was going to have to put more effort into my studies.

As a political science and American studies double major, I had the opportunity to study all aspects of American society: politics, literature, history and culture. Studying politicians and government allowed me to find a true passion for understanding the functions of our government, how politics affects government, and what impact these have on citizens. Looking back, I wouldn't trade my experience at HWS for anything. Every professor I had was totally hands-on, and without that personal attention, I don't believe I would be where I am today.

The original job offered to me upon graduation was rescinded due to a worsening economy, so I spent several months doing any work I could get my hands on—painting houses, building decks, etc. Knowing the only way to find a job was to be persistent, I remained on the daily grind of applying and responding to every and all job opportunities.

After graduation, finding a job was tough, but I was persistent, and it eventually paid off. I was offered an entry level position with the New York State Senate and quickly worked my way up. I currently serve as a press officer in the Majority Press Office of the New York State Senate-Democratic Conference. On a day-to-day basis, I interact with the people who make policy decisions that affect the lives of millions of New Yorkers.

As a press officer, it is my duty to inform the press and the public on what is happening in the Capitol everyday through writing press releases and op-eds as well as quotes and statements for Senators. I also set up press conferences, giving background to reporters and briefing senators on issues and legislation. It can be extremely stressful and difficult at times, and the hours are very, very long. However, for me it is a dream job, and there is nothing else I would rather be doing. Every day I observe and take part in the history that future generations of HWS students will study.

I owe much of where I am to Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman, who advised me through all four years of college and continues to do so to this day. Being introduced to her my first semester changed the course I was on and motivated me to work just as hard at academics as I did at athletics. She kept me in line and helped me maintain a focus on my academic and career goals.

At the moment my future is rather open. I have aspirations of receiving another degree, whether it be a masters in public policy and communications or J.D. I also truly have a passion for government and politics and don't plan on leaving anytime soon. Ultimately, I would love to be in the position of the people I work for now; either in state government or at the federal level.

*Deja James '09 - Teach for America/University of Pennsylvania

Current Position: High School Teacher and Graduate Student
Current Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 22

Coming into college, my plan was to become a pediatrician so I took several math and science courses to fulfill the pre-medicine requirement. During that first-year, I realized that I loved all of my math classes and chose to become a math major my sophomore year. I also loved the Peer Education in Human Relations course I took with Professor Donna Albro, which helped me better understand social stratifications and our thinking of and interactions within them. I became a peer facilitator for that course, and I was able to see the growth in others that I had seen in myself while taking the course.

These experiences led me to take several courses that allowed me to further explore the intersections of our social identities. Eventually, I decided to design my own major in this field because it was what I was most passionate about. I wanted to share my experiences and learn about others' experiences with social issues that are not frequently brought to light. I think we can all grow from sharing that. My individual major was Social Justice and Education, and I combined Education and Sociology courses to frame this major. I left college wanting to take what I had learned and utilize it to influence others in the field of education.

During my junior year, I attended an information session for Teach for America and became highly interested in the program. Throughout my college career, I frequently took advantage of the Career Services office. In this instance, they helped me complete my application and write my essays. I went through a very selective interview process and was eventually accepted into the Mid-Atlantic Corps located in Philadelphia, PA.

I am currently going into my second year of Teach for America. As part of that program, I am a high school math teacher in Philadelphia, teaching at West Philadelphia High School. I will also be entering my second year of graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where I am getting my masters of science in education. In the future I have plans of becoming a professor of education, teaching about how our social identities affect both our social interactions and educational experiences in America.


Major: Political Science
Current Position: J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University
Current Town: Albany, New York
Age: 25

I aspired to be an attorney since high school. I enjoyed the active debate and free exchange of ideas found in the legal community. After enrolling at HWS, I declared my major in Political Science and soon found myself immersed on the political scene. I graduated with Honors in Political Science and soon found myself working for the McCain Presidential campaign while enrolled as a student at Albany Law School.

I am currently studying for the New York State bar exam. It is a tedious task and requires countless hours of preparation. However, I believe that my liberal arts education will allow me to master the large variety of material that I need to learn in the upcoming weeks.

I was able to enroll in law school immediately after graduating from Hobart College. I believe my academics and extensive involvement in campus clubs and activities such as the HWS Debate Team, Hobart Student Government and College Republicans made me a marketable candidate to law school admission committees.

The rigorous research and writing necessary to complete my Honors thesis on conservative youth activism in American politics prepared me for the challenges of legal academia. Networking provided me with career opportunities, as my first two summer jobs were with attorneys who were also Hobart alumni.

After passing the bar, I should be moving back to my hometown of Rochester where I recently accepted a position with McConville, Considine, Cooman and Morin, P.C. as a litigation associate.


Majors: Greek and Classics
Current Position: Doctor of Pharmacy candidate
Current Town: Rochester, N.Y.
Age: 22

When I started at HWS, my plan was to use this time as a stepping-stone to medical school.� With this in mind, I got involved with the Biology department and also ended up with a minor in Health Care Professions.� But I think my educational experience is really indicative of the interdisciplinary approach here at the Colleges; I also pursued majors in Greek and the Classics.

I'm at St. John Fisher College now, and have matriculated in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy there.� After four years, I plan to graduate with a Doctorate in Pharmacy.

I interned at the New York State Agricultural Experiment station, where I studied plant pathology, specifically working with viruses in cabbage. I also spent time as an intern at the Geneva General Hospital Pharmacy.� This work taught me how to clinically process research data, and has been helpful as I've started my studies here at St. John Fisher.� However, my experiences at HWS made me realize that I'm much more interested in pursuing a field that involves patient contact.� My time as an RA, EMT, and Senior Intern at the Office of Admissions showed me that helping through face-to-face interaction is something that I truly enjoy and wish to pursue.

My Greek advisor, Associate Professor of Classics Leah Himmelhoch, was a great resource for me. She actually started her collegiate career as a pre-med student before deciding to pursue Greek, so she provided me with some valuable perspective. Professor of Biology Thomas Glover was also instrumental in assisting me to secure the internship at the Agricultural Station. Both professors were great assets as I charted out my path while at HWS.

Being a Health Care Professions minor was useful as well; I felt this well-rounded approach to healthcare gave me an edge over many other applicants to the pharmacy program. Additionally, my writing-intensive background in Classics and Greek definitely helped me to express myself in my written works.

For the future, I hope to narrow down my focus within the field of pharmacy, perhaps narrowing my concentration to a specialty practice. Ultimately, I look forward to being able to make a difference in the lives of those that I come into contact with as a pharmacist.


Majors: Economics, Latin American Studies
Current Position: Associate at Lynch Sosa and Associates
Current town: Panama City, Panama
Age: 22

I can't really say I had concrete plans coming into college.�I kind of just assumed that as time went by and I took different courses and experienced new things I would figure it out. And it worked out for me, which I think speaks to the interdisciplinary approach at HWS.

I am currently working for a company called Lynch Sosa and Associates in Panama City, Panama.�It's a business development, government affairs and media relations firm, so we assist American companies who are interested in coming into Panama to get contracts for various projects.�

I lucked out landing this job right out of college, but I also�worked several worthwhile jobs and internships during my time at HWS that I feel strengthened my resume.�I majored in Economics and Latin American studies, so those are both very applicable to what I'm currently doing.

Hobart and William Smith were very helpful in getting me where I am today.�For one, I feel the level of education I received was very good, and I formed some great relationships with professors.�Also, career services and the alums that they put me in touch with were instrumental in helping me get the internships that I had, which included time at Lexington Insurance after my sophomore year and Customer Portfolios after my junior year.

I can't say that I know exactly what I'll be doing in the future. I'm happy where I am now, but it's hard for me to know where I'll be 2 or 3 years down the road.�I do plan on going to graduate school, probably to pursue an MBA.


Major: History
Current Position: U.S. Program Manager for Oasis
Current Town: Brooklyn, New York
Age: 26

I did not have a career path in mind when I entered college; I was jealous of my peers who seemed to have everything figured out so early in life. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do. I realize now that I was the lucky one because I could dabble in a little bit of everything. Even upon graduation I didn't know what career path I was aiming for, though after spending a semester abroad in Galway, Ireland, I knew I wanted international travel to be a part of it.

Currently, I am the U.S. Program Manager for Oasis, an outreach program of Flying Kites, (www.flyingkitesglobal.org), a not-for-profit agency that raises the standards of care available to the world's poorest children. Our home and school in Kenya, Flying Kites Leadership Academy, focuses on giving children the tools they will need – education, imagination and resolution – to succeed in and contribute to a complex and changing world. I worked for Oasis on the ground in Kenya; in the states, I raise money to fund the program, marketing to potential long-term donors and sources of funding.

My path to Flying Kites was indirect. In February of 2009, I went to a career fair; Flying Kites had a booth and I picked up a brochure. I was impressed with their approach to childcare which focuses on providing exemplary care to a small number of children vs. adequate care to a large number. By late March, I made my decision to volunteer with Flying Kites at their orphanage in Kenya, and I returned home in May of 2010. Because of the extended length of my trip, I took on responsibilities and projects beyond those of a typical volunteer. Those duties included daily trips to children's homes in the slum communities, including Africa's largest slum, Kibera.

While HWS did not have a role in my decision to go to Kenya, they have been supportive since I communicated with them while in Kenya. From donating clothing to the children to connecting our organization with alums in similar industries, HWS Colleges have taken an active interest in Flying Kites and what we do.

In the next couple of years, I hope to go to graduate school to get my JD/MPH with a concentration in Global Health and International Development.�After that, I would love to find a position working with either a NGO or government-run organization as part of a team that implements and monitors policies and programs in developing nations, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan African countries.


Major: Psychology
Current Position: Master's Candidate in Psychology
Current town: Houston, Texas
Age: 22

I have known since high school that I wanted to study psychology, but I initially thought I would be drawn more toward the clinical aspect of it. That changed after taking my first college-level�women's studies class as well as social psychology classes with Assistant Professor of Psychology Jonathan Iuzzini (pictured here). Once I experienced those classes, I realized my interests were more in social justice, issues of identity and activism. This influenced both my extra-curricular involvement and my decision to do an Honors thesis focused in social psychology while�incorporating feminist theory.

I am now in the masters in general psychology program and the women's studies certificate program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. I am also working as an instructor's assistant at a local YMCA in their childcare department and as a graduate assistant.

I didn't know I would be moving to Houston until after graduation. I met my current graduate adviser during the Honors process last year; Prof. Iuzzini suggested her as the outside examiner on my oral Honors exam committee. When I met her in April, she encouraged me to apply to work with her at UHCL. I am now her advisee, a research assistant in her Social Issues lab and�her graduate assistant. The Honors program allowed me to make connections within my field of interest outside of HWS. Working closely with Assistant Professor of Psychology Jonathan Iuzzini as my Honors adviser also allowed me to benefit from his professional connections and the opportunities they provided.

When�I finish with my masters in 2012, I hope to continue on to a Ph.D. program in women's studies. I am in the process of applying for a graduate research grant that would enable to me to conduct international research for my masters thesis and possibly even my doctorate dissertation. My experience studying abroad in South Africa as an undergraduate was fantastic, and I would love to be able to return there once more as an academic.

*Anna Comerford '07, Stanford University graduate student

Major: sociology and economics
Current position: grad student at Stanford
Current town: Palo Alto, California
Previous positions: research assistant and senior statistical programmer at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, N.J.
Age: 25

I came to HWS wanting to study everything: dance, Spanish, the social sciences. Professor Jim Spates was an unexpected influence at this early stage - I loved the readings he chose for us to do over the summer before I entered HWS, and I loved the speech he gave at our orientation in 2003. I was scared to take the advanced Spanish class I had been placed into, so I decided to see whether I could find a place in Professor Spates' course. I found myself in introductory sociology with Spates and introductory economics with Professor Pat McGuire, and I loved the way the two subjects complemented one another. I loved� sociology for the questions it seeks to answer about differential access to resources, and economics for its powerful quantitative methodology. I ended up choosing these two professors as my advisers, and decided early to pursue a double major.�My favorite courses in college were econometrics and research methods in sociology, and I started thinking about pursuing research as a job someday.

I am a first year graduate student in sociology at Stanford University. I am studying inequality in a broad sense, specifically in the area of education in the United States. �I am also interested in studying organizations, the policy applications of sociology, and quantitative research methods.

My path toward graduate school definitely started at HWS, but it was not a straight one. Just as Professors Spates and McGuire were influential in sparking my initial interest in their subjects, Professors Jo Beth Mertens and Renee Monson were incredibly important mentors to me later in my career. They twice saw me through the graduate school application process, first applying for a Ph.D in economics straight out of HWS. I did not have success in the admissions process, but I think this was partially because the fit was not exactly right for me. I knew a Ph.D was my eventual goal, because I am passionate about research and teaching, but I did not have a great sense of where I could make the best contribution. �In an attempt to hone in on my research interests, �I worked for three years as a research assistant and eventually a senior statistical programmer at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, N.J. Professors Monson and Mertens directed me toward this opportunity, and there is a great connection there for HWS alums. At Mathematica, I got the chance to strengthen my research skills, and narrowed my focus from policy issues broadly to inequality in educational access and outcomes. I realized these issues were best tackled from a sociological perspective, and so I applied to graduate school again, this time in sociology.� I had much more success in the application process this time, and I chose to attend Stanford.

As I have mentioned, the professors were essential in identifying my passions, developing my skills, getting a job, applying to grad schools, everything.

I am pursuing research and teaching, and I will definitely be happy doing that for the rest of my life.

*Zachary Alton '09
Double Major: Political Science and Environmental Studies
Current Position: Northeast Regional Organizer for Oceana's Climate and Energy Campaign
Current Town: Boston, Mass.
Age: 24

Coming to Hobart in the Fall of 2005, I was clueless as to what I was going to study and what direction my life was heading in. I gravitated toward political science and took courses with some of the finest professors at the Colleges. I found myself to be particularly passionate about environmental policy and decided to major in both environmental studies and political science.

When I graduated, I took a position with Fieldworks LLC, a progressive political consulting firm. I spent a year traveling the country working as a director on various grassroots political campaigns that focused on a wide range of issues from local ballot initiatives to projects that pushed for comprehensive clean energy legislation nationwide. Through the connections I made working with Fieldworks, I took another position as an organizer for Oceana Climate and Energy Campaign, which is working to bring an end to offshore oil drilling (find out more at stopthedrill.org).

My independent study in my senior year with Prof. Beth Kinne that focused on bringing attention to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing helped prepare me for my current position at Oceana. The research I did with Prof. Kinne at the Finger lakes Institute helped mold my current views on offshore drilling, and for that I thank her. On the political science side of things, Prof. Stacey Philbrick-Yadav was an extremely valuable resource during my time at the Colleges. She was not only a fantastic professor, but a great friend to me while I was transitioning from a lost high school graduate to a Hobart man with a strong moral compass. �

Looking forward, I hope to one day head off to law school, but for now, grassroots organizing seems to be a perfect fit for me. I enjoy working for a non-profit organization that maintains progressive environmental goals for our country that are on par with my own. I owe a debt of gratitude to HWS and its faculty for steering me in my current direction.

*Michael Ash '09 -- Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

Majors: English, Creative Writing Concentration
Current Position: Assistant Language Teacher
Current Town: Tottori-shi, Japan
Age: 23

Before coming to HWS, I was faced with The Choice: to stick with a subject at which I excelled or to pursue my passion. I chose to study English, rather than math, despite it being the supposedly less-affluent path, and I have yet to regret my decision.

Over my four years at HWS, I took many life-changing courses. I will always remember Professor Holly's fascinating lectures on seeing the entire universe in a single bean, just as I will never forget Professor Parker's inspirational talks on training yourself to not just write thought, but think writing. All of the English Department professors engaged me with great texts, and to this day I'm grateful.

I fell in love with English because I consider myself an expressive person. Communication allows us to connect as humans, to exchange ideas, to share our perspectives. But how we express ourselves comes down to choice; the whole 'choosing' part is what separates the good from the bad, what makes writing an art form with infinite possibility.

My minor was Asian Languages and Cultures, so when it came to finding work, I knew my dream job would utilize my knowledge in both specialty subjects. Needless to say, when Professor Holland of the Japanese Department mentioned the JET program, I knew I'd found my fit; I wanted to become an English teacher in Asia. The paperwork was extensive, but I slogged through it. (Professors Holly and Holland agreed to write recommendations.) And after a lot of waiting around, a high-stress interview, and a lot more waiting around, I was elated when JET offered me a position as an Assistant Language Teacher.

I have lived in Japan since August 2009 and will continue to do so until August 2012.

I can't begin to do justice to my new life, but in sum, I teach English as a second language to students ages four through 15. The little kids are awesome. I'm attempting to integrate myself into a foreign culture everyday (though I definitely stick out); I'm studying Japanese feverishly, aspiring to someday take the JLPT (Japanese Langauge and Proficiency Test); I'm practicing (aikidou), a peaceful martial art.

I've found many Japanese people have been impressed with my understanding of their culture, for which I have to thank the Asian Studies Department at HWS. Japanese society is ritualistic, has deep and subtle nuance, so being polite and respectful is of paramount importance. The Japanese language program at HWS is a rare experience in which I would encourage everyone to participate, the program that equipped me with the necessary skills to integrate myself comfortably into Japanese society. The class meets everyday--T/Th with Professor Holland focuses on grammatical and structural analysis; MWF with Isida is the actual application of the language with a native speaker. (I would like to add that in the 1 1/2 years I studied under Isida, I only spoke Japanese; not once did we converse in English--which has I allowed me to pick up so much more of the language so fast, now that I live here and use Japanese everyday.) I am truly indebted to both of them.

Someday I aspire to teach English on a literary level in America, but I'm still making up my mind as to when this will happen. I intend to continue writing as much as my heart's content, and in the meantime: enjoy my remaining two years in a country that's so different than my own.

*Courtney Jones '09

Current City: New York City
Current Position: Business Development at Film Movement
Major: Studio Art
Age: 23

Ever since I was young, I always knew I wanted to study the fine arts, however after visiting a number of colleges in high school, I quickly learned that an art school wasn't for me. I needed a school with more variety, and HWS, with its liberal arts curriculum, was just that school. After my first year, I enrolled as a studio art major, with a double minor in media and society and into the Writing Colleague Program.

After graduating in 2009, I traded in the Finger Lakes for the concrete cityscape of New York City. I now work at Film Movement, a company dedicated to the distribution of award-winning independent and foreign films. Because FM is such a small company (there's about 10 of us in the office), we all have the privilege (and sometimes burden) of wearing many hats - truly putting HWS' liberal arts education to the test. I handle business development for the company, which means I'm constantly looking for new revenue streams for the company through sponsorships, partnerships, innovative business ventures - the list goes on. In addition to the business side of things, I've been able to put my creative talents to use as the in-house graphic designer for the company, designing materials such as DVD cover art, advertisements, and promotional sales and marketing materials.

However, before I was developing business ventures and designing anything for the company, I had to pay my dues. Like most everyone, I needed to first prove myself as an intern. My father, who has worked in media sales his whole career, introduced me to FM. A few years back he crossed paths with the company as a consultant. I was immediately drawn to the idea of FM, and after much research and a few interviews, I landed an internship during the summer of 2008. It was an amazing experience, and even as I went back to school, I made sure to stay in touch with the company, following their activity through social media and other outlets. In the spring of my senior year, a position at Film Movement opened up. I was asked to apply for the position, and the rest is history!

Everyone knows that horrible cliche, "they made me who I am today." Forgive me for perpetuating its use, but I've got to say it rings quite true for my experience at HWS. As I mentioned, I went into college knowing I was interested in majoring in art - however, the reality is, art is pretty general. It wasn't until I started taking courses such as photography, philosophy, art history and film studies, where I learned that "art" wasn't confined to a canvas. Art was media. Art was film. Art was graphic. I have no one else to thank but my professors for broadening this world of interest for me. And of course, there's the Career Services Office, who dedicated an unnerving number of hours to helping me perfect my resume, practice interview etiquette, and help put me in touch with a number of HWS alums in the New York City area, who told me their stories, and gave me advice on my future.

And speaking of my future - it has much in store for me, I hope. I love my experiences right now, and each day continue to learn something new about both the industry and about myself. However, one day soon, I hope to continue what I started during my semester abroad, which is my desire to explore other cultures by working and living internationally - maybe at a Film Festival, or as a Film Sales Agent, or maybe as a homeless backpacker (let's hope the third choice is my last resort). However, I figure as long as I continue to learn and love what I do here each day, my time in NYC isn't done quite yet.

*Scott White '08
Current City: Denver, Colo.
Current Position: Graduate Student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver
Major: Public Policy/Philosophy
Age: 24

When I began my first year at HWS, I was certain that I wanted to attend law school after graduation. After several years of interdisciplinary study however, I was unconvinced that I would ultimately find that career path fulfilling. The strong interdisciplinary curriculum at HWS exposed me to many subjects and material that I had never contemplated, and forced me to think outside the box. I increasingly became interested and enamored with the study of philosophy, and found myself in Demarest Hall quite often. I decided to couple that interest with a major in public policy, and found that the combination provided a very interesting framework for examining the world. Most importantly, I learned how to analytically examine arguments, and then express critiques of those arguments succinctly.

I am currently in my final year of graduate school at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. I am pursuing a master's degree in global finance, trade, and economic integration, with a concentration in financial analysis. While this program is heavily centered in quantitative methods, (something I avoided like the plague at HWS) I have found my past study at HWS to be invaluable.

My path to graduate school was shaped significantly by my experiences at HWS. I had the wonderful opportunity to study in South Africa and immerse myself in a completely different culture. This experience directly influenced my decision to study global economics.

Reaching graduate school could never have been achieved without the generosity of the HWS faculty, and the diligence of the Career Services staff. Professor Rimmerman, Professor Yadav, and Professor Oberbrunner all wrote letters of recommendation for me, and Nancy Caves in Career Services went above and beyond to see ensure that paperwork came through on time. I certainly was treated as a name and not a number. I am particularly grateful for the lifelong friendships that I was able to cultivate while a student at HWS, which have infinitely benefited my social and intellectual growth.

Upon graduation in June, I hope to be employed in a consulting, investment banking, or foreign policy capacity.

*Alexandra Cody '10
Current City: Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Current Position: Language and Cultural Assistant
Major: Public Policy, and Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Age: 22

I came to HWS knowing I wanted to continue studying Spanish. The Spanish department was small enough so that my Spanish received the individual attention it needed, varied enough so that I was able to study Spanish and Latin American history and culture through mediums such as theater, and flexible enough so that my area of study catered to my specific interests. My independent study with Assistant Professor May Farnsworth on gender, dictators, and Spanish theater was by far one the most interesting topics I have studied.

My first year I took Professor Craig Rimmerman's "Democracy and Public Policy" class and knew immediately that I had to be a part of the public policy department as well. I was fascinated by how government policy can affect people so differently. My public policy concentration was international affairs, which fit perfectly with my Spanish major.

My junior year I studied abroad in the Dominican Republic. It was the perfect destination for both of my majors. As a Spanish major I was able to better my Spanish skills while simultaneously living in a culture I had studied through literature, art, and theater. As a public policy major I was able to experience firsthand how government policy affects different groups of people. This was most apparent while teaching English at a local public elementary school as part of my "Servicios Comunitarios" class.

After my experience teaching English in the DR coupled with my experiences with local Geneva youth through America Reads and Big Brother Big Sister, I knew I wanted to work with kids after college. Not only are children unbiased reflections of their respective societies, they are incredibly fun to work with making them both easy and enjoyable to learn from.

I am currently working as a language and cultural assistant in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain. I am contracted through the Spanish government to teach bilingual classes. I work closely with three-, four-, and five-year olds, bringing English into the classroom at the earliest possible age; I also teach science in English to second and third graders. Working with young children is very challenging because they are at such an early stage of development, but it is also the most important time in a child's life because they are so impressionable.

As an employee of the Spanish government it is very interesting to see how the government has shaped its current policies to emphasize American culture and language in the classroom at such a young age. I feel like I am a catalyst between the two countries, bringing both cultures and languages together. Being the connecting piece enables me to be a true global citizen, something I learned to value during my time at HWS.

I attribute my desire for learning and in turn my love for teaching to the amazing faculty at HWS. They truly opened my eyes in a way I can only hope to reciprocate for my students one day.

*Joseph Jameson '07
Current City: New York City
Current Position: Associate Producer, Meetinghouse Productions
Major/Minor: English/Media and Society
Age: 26

As a native of Indianapolis, I love my home state. I had a very positive experience growing up, but I wanted to leave the state for college to see what else was out there. I decided that I would look primarily out east, and I wanted a good liberal arts college because I wasn't sure what I wanted to study. I also wanted a school with a good rowing team. Hobart was the right fit for me.

Throughout my years at Hobart, I would often make short films for fun with my friends, and eventually I was able to find courses where I could submit short films for class credit, which was a dream. After a few semesters I realized what my academic strengths were and decided to major in English and minor in media and society. I immersed myself in as many media courses as I could, studying everything from the basics of filmmaking to practical film editing courses to media and society classes that showed me how different forms of media can be a successful and an important tool in our lives.

After graduation in 2007, I drove to my aunt and uncle's in New Jersey; I wanted to work in production in New York City. In the summer of 2007 I began interning for a talent management firm called Pipeline Talent, specializing in getting work for directors, producers, and writers in TV and film. Through them, I was able to get a few jobs as a production assistant on set for TV, and eventually worked as a production assistant on a feature film starring James Gandolfini called "The Last Kiddie Ride." That was a great experience, but I decided working on a movie set wasn't quite what I was looking for.

After less than a year, I had made several good contacts that would refer me to other jobs. In early 2008, I landed a job at a small production company called the Manhattan Bureau where I edited and filmed corporate videos. There I got to use the practical skills that I fell in love with at Hobart, editing and shooting. I worked at a very similar small production company that same year called Simba Productions where I was a production manager, editor, and photographer.

Later that year, I used those same skills to land a job at News12, a news station in Westchester, N.Y., where I filmed and edited news packages. But I could definitely tell this environment wasn't for me.

In December of 2008, my cousin told me to contact her friend who worked at a TV production company in Manhattan. I sent my resume and after a brief interview, I was hired as a production assistant at Meetinghouse Productions who produce a very successful TV show called "The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest" on truTV. Here I finally felt like I was in my element, working with like-minded people doing something that I enjoyed. From day-to-day I would interview celebrities and comedians on camera, write scripts for segments of the show, and research potential footage for the show. I found that I was able to give creative input to a television show that was in the No. 1 slot on its network.

In August of 2009 I was promoted to associate producer for the same show. During my time at Meetinghouse I have been able to assist on projects in development, travel to other cities for comedy conventions to interview celebrities and comedians, and I have developed a strong interest in producing for a television show. I hope to continue down this path and eventually become executive producer for both TV and film.

It's hard to believe it's been almost four years since graduation, but I've learned a lot and met a lot of people. Some people in my industry like to say, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." While this is sometimes true, I learned at HWS to do what I love, and that's what I'll continue to do.

*Jesse Leiter '09
Current City: Hong Kong
Individual Major: China in the Global Economy, Minor: Economics
Current Position: Regional Product Manager, Asia Ex-Japan Equity Research, JPMorgan
Age: 24

Playing college hockey was the sole reason I decided to attend HWS (…okay fine, the beautiful campus didn't hurt either). However, a push from my father to learn Mandarin Chinese (I thank him every day for this) soon altered that original reasoning. My collegiate objectives became completely restructured and within a year or so, I was one of the few lucky enough to know exactly what I wanted to do.

I found both the study of economics and international relations incredibly tangible. Being able to understand why things are the way they are and trying to see how the world and dissimilar markets operate through different cultural lenses seemed applicable toward succeeding in any desired profession. It would make one more aware, and in an increasingly more connected world, this was surely relevant.�Being able to understand influences on global pricing, how companies strategically cut costs to grow margins by sourcing from overseas, the headwinds that may result from an appreciating currency in emerging markets for an importer in a developed market, or even the fundamentals in the valuation of different asset classes, seemed crucial in grasping not only global economies but ultimately, what drives economical, political, and social outcomes in the world. �Realizing the increasing growth disparity between developed and emerging markets, China certainly held the crown in my mind in terms of potential for change and opportunity. �Thus the rising importance of Mandarin Chinese initiated my interest in the language, eventually leading to an overwhelming passion for studying the people, culture, and history.

With this in mind, the financial route offered me the best of both worlds (finance and Asia). The Office of Career Services helped me earn an internship at Oppenheimer and Co; a boutique investment bank in NYC. During my time there, I quickly learned that developing a unique niche would differentiate myself against competing candidates—and if I wished to compete with them (especially during an economic downturn!), having a niche was practical and necessary. With support from the most remarkable professors at HWS, I designed an individual major, later titled "China in the Global Economy," by combining economics with international relations, Mandarin language and Chinese history.�Next, Career Services introduced me to several senior JPMorgan alums.�I made it through the interview process and following my study abroad in Beijing, returned for JPMorgan's summer analyst investment banking program. I was placed into U.S. Equity Research covering internet and media companies.

My experience was invaluable and HWS alums helped make it that way.�I quickly learned that this was the industry I wanted to be a part of for many years to come.�I also knew that leveraging my ability to speak Mandarin would come in handy at such a global institution. After graduation I entered JPMorgan's full-time analyst class in the summer of 2009, within U.S. Equity Research, as an analyst and product manager. I have since been placed in a new role in Hong Kong.�The increased level of responsibility here keeps me motivated and I'm doing whatever I can to continue overlapping and better integrating my experiences in the U.S. with the newer Asia business model. �

I've come to realize that the maturity growth trajectory from ages 18 to 24 can be astronomical. To think I'd be close to where I am today (literally in Hong Kong) just three or four years ago was crazy talk.�Commitment and intellectual curiosity can work wonders, but I also loved what I was doing. I enjoy making an impact and I am forever grateful for my experiences at HWS. The connections I've made from being a HWS alum are a rarity.�After being in Hong Kong for just three weeks I had already attended an HWS alumni dinner. Incredible.�

My future plans:�To work hard and continue to enjoy what I do.�

*Morgan Baird '08
Major/Minors: Architecture Major and History and Art History Double Minor
Current Position: Employed by Jamestown Boat Yard
Current City: Newport, R.I.
Age: 24

I decided to go to William Smith mainly because I was recruited to play lacrosse. I didn't know what I wanted to study until one of my teammates recommended the architecture program, which caused me to look into it and eventually to decide to major in it.

I was a goaltender on the Heron lacrosse team for four years, under the ever-inspiring Coach Genovese! Playing on an athletic team while at HWS is like having a full time job. As a student-athlete, I learned to balance the two priorities. It took time to learn how to excel in both areas, but the resources from my team and my academic advisers made it all possible, and I learned valuable work ethic and time management skills.

The class that most influenced the direction of my career was the 3-D design class taught by Professor Aub. There is no bigger confidence booster than learning to use the wood and machine shop, and being allowed to use it after completing this class. Even if you take the class and then never step foot in the shop again, it is an introduction to the world of working with your hands. Besides being applicable to the world of art and architecture, it's a class that includes practical knowledge and building. I think taking an art class at HWS teaches students that it is possible to do what you love and make a successful career from it.

The introduction to world architecture class taught by Professor Mathews is also great. At the end, you get to do a design project of your choice. Students came up with all kinds of interesting things that incorporated design. A friend of mine in the class, Matthew Oppenheim '08, built something that resembled a tree house for gnomes. That blew my humdrum drawings of ideas for a barn renovation out of the water! This class was my first exposure to the concept that architecture, and the world of design, is not something that is limited to just buildings. This was also the concept that inspired me to go down the less traveled avenue of yacht design.

I have an almost unexplainable interest in and love for boats, and I wanted to take my love of boats and turn it into my profession. So, I enrolled in the Landing School in Arundel, Maine, for an intensive one-year program on yacht design. The classes taught me how to put together a proper design presentation, gave me excellent material for a portfolio, and prepared me for work at a yacht design firm or in the marine industry. At the end of the year, each student designed his or her own boat from start to finish, including the internal structure, composite laminate schedule, general arrangement inside, and propulsion, etc. I designed a 46-foot cruising sailboat.

Currently, I live in Newport, R.I., where I work at Jamestown Boat Yard. Most of my time at work is spent on the water, and the rest around the yard hauling, moving, cleaning, rigging, and doing interior or mechanical projects on 40-60 foot sailboats. I'm glad to be working in a field related to what I plan to pursue; this is one of the stepping-stones I will use to get there. For now, I think the hands-on experience of working on boats is quite valuable. I never thought I would have the opportunity to actually be paid to do what I love!

In the future, as things start to pick up again in the marine industry, I hope to work for a yacht design firm or in production management. This winter, I'll be taking some time off to drive from east to west, as far as British Columbia, with my dog and my skis. I plan to ski every major resort out west and all the not-so-big ski stops along the way, and I'll be writing about it on my trip website/blog (http://www.skiistowest.com/). While I'm out there, I'll also be looking into boat builders and design firms on the West Coast.

*Benjamin D'Innocenzo '10
Majors/Minors: Art History and Studio Art/Economics and Business, Race and Culture
Current Position: Analyst at UBS Investment Bank/MBA candidate at St. Mary's University
Current City: London
Age: 22

I arrived at Hobart and William Smith with the intention of studying art and the hope of studying abroad for one of my semesters. These intentions were seen all the way to fruition in the form of two majors, one in art history and one in studio art, as well as a semester in South Africa. Unexpectedly, I also ended with two concentrations, one in economics and a self directed minor in business, race and culture, derived from my experiences abroad. This is the amazing thing about Hobart and William Smith, you can arrive with developed passions and interests and find whole new ones during your four years!

The two most influential and life changing passions I discovered during my time at HWS were in world culture and business, which is really how I arrived to where I am today. I knew that in order to pursue these newfound interests further I would need to make a big move, which is why I decided to pursue an MBA in international business at St. Mary's University in London.

As part of the master's curriculum at St. Mary's, a yearlong full-time work placement is required. I decided to pursue mine with UBS Investment Bank. I have been with UBS since August 2010, and though exceedingly challenging at times, it has already been a truly enlightening experience. Working for a Swiss company with such a unique culture has allowed me to develop a much wider perspective on what it really means to be part of a global market.

My next move after London will be to Bangkok, Thailand, where my coursework with St. Mary's will continue for a semester at Naresuan University. It's exciting to be gaining a truly international education.

*Alexandra Bowers '09, MAT '10
Major: Mathematics
Double Minor: Spanish and Hispanic Studies and Education
Current Position: High School Mathematics Teacher
Current Town: Nantucket, Mass.
Age: 23

Being a teacher is something I have always aspired to be. As a little girl I dreamed about having my own classroom with my name on the door and eager young minds to teach. When I began my college search during my senior year of high school I knew I wanted to study education. Choosing to attend Hobart and William Smith gave me the opportunity to study and take classes in a variety of disciplines in addition to being involved with sports and other co-curricular opportunities. HWS allowed me to do all of this while I also pursued my certification to teach. At the end of my first year, I applied to the education program, declared my major in mathematics, and also declared a double minor in education and Spanish and Hispanic studies. I believe the liberal arts curriculum provided an important foundation for my teaching.

In my courses at the Colleges, I began to expand my knowledge of education, mathematics, and Spanish and Hispanic studies. I soon decided that continuing my education after graduation and studying education at a concentrated level was the next necessary step. Following my dreams, I applied to the master's in education program at HWS. Being accepted to the program and continuing my education for a fifth year was the most rewarding educational experience and opened the path to the start of my career.

After graduation, I was offered a teaching job at Nantucket High School and moved from my home to this island off the coast of Cape Cod. These days you can find me in room 203 (my name is on the door) teaching geometry, pre-calculus and personal finance. Every day I'm thankful to HWS for my education and for the abundance of support and encouragement that I received from the countless professors, coaches and administrators during my five years at the Colleges. Looking forward, I see myself teaching and educating others who want to be teachers in mathematics and other educational philosophies. Eventually I will return to graduate school, but for now I am enjoying being Ms. Bowers.

*Nathan Kress '07, MAT '08
Major: History
Minor: Public Policy
Current Position: High School History Teacher
Current Town: Jacksonville, Fla.
Age: 25

Recalling some of the major forces that guided my college search process is a fun stroll down teenage memory lane. Perhaps not unique from your average 17 year old, I put freedom and choice as a top priority. HWS, with its now dated, but not irrelevant admissions tag line of "totally and ferociously liberal arts" immediately caught my attention. As a high school student who was too intrigued by too many things to commit to any one in particular, HWS offered a curriculum of flexibility and variety instead of the strict requirements so common among other schools. Further, the excellent abroad programs and intercollegiate athletics, both of which I took advantage of, sealed the deal. One early decision application later, I was Geneva bound.

Sometime between student government, Greek life, various clubs, a semester abroad in New Zealand and four years of varsity rowing, I enrolled in the HWS education certification program. Education had always interested me, but at no point was I ever fully certain that teaching was the field I wanted to pursue. The program gave me the opportunity to spend time in local schools and eventually led to full-time student teaching.

Midway through college I applied for the master's program offered at HWS. This fifth year MAT program couples graduate students with faculty members at the Colleges as they work toward earning their master's degree. I worked primarily with Professor McNally on my thesis, a project that allowed me to incorporate my undergrad history major and education classes as I evaluated (ripped apart) high school history textbooks for their inadequacies. My findings proved both interesting and valuable as I would soon be applying them to my own students.

Halfway through the MAT program, and soon after finishing a final student teaching placement, I began applying for teaching positions. While the HWS program had certified me to teach in New York State, I sought to work in an independent school. For me, the freedom of teaching at a school without standardized testing offered more independence in the classroom, something I strongly wanted.

Staying in touch with the sport of rowing, something I had now been doing for more then a decade, was also important. My teaching and athletic training at HWS (between student teaching and assisting the crew team during my graduate year) helped to make my applications to schools more attractive.

Currently, I teach at the Episcopal High School of Jacksonville (Fla.). I teach courses in 9th-grade world history and 11th-grade U.S. history. (In fact when I arrived here, the 9th- grade textbook was the same one I had examined during my MAT year. Upon my suggestion we have since switched books). This year, I have also designed a senior elective course titled "Debating Current Events" where I argue daily with soon-to-be college students. In addition to teaching, I am the program director for the school's rowing program and the men's varsity coach.

*Andrew Wickenden '09
Major: English
Minor: Cognition, Logic, and Language
Current Position: Graduate Instructor and First-Year MFA Candidate (Fiction), Western Michigan University
Current Town: Kalamazoo, Mich.

My plans coming in to HWS were vague. I was interested in psychology, computer science, English and creative writing, philosophy--basically everything. Which is to say, HWS was really a great fit. The liberal arts curriculum allowed me explore all of these avenues in my first year and decide, so I thought, which I wanted to choose. But it was in "Literary Consciousness" my first fall semester and "Intro to Creative Writing" my first spring semester that my major--and eventually career path--chose me. It was in these classes that my longtime interest in language, literature, and storytelling manifested into an aesthetic and intellectual passion, which was later deepened and instilled in several fiction workshops and an honors thesis in fiction. It went from something I had an interest in, to something I had to do.

Still, I was uncertain whether to take the academic route that an undergraduate degree in English offered, or the corporate path. During my sophomore and junior summers, I interned at publishing houses in New York City to get a feel for what I could do with my skills and interests in the publishing world. However, with the guidance of my faculty mentors at HWS, I ultimately decided that a master of fine arts program in creative writing was the right fit, providing the time and further guidance to write my own work, rather than edit someone else's.

After graduating in 2009, I had the opportunity to remain on campus, writing and editing for the HWS Office of Communications, while continuing to hone my application materials and writing portfolio with my mentors at HWS, polishing them as best I could so I had the best chance of taking my work to the next level. In 2010, I was accepted to Western Michigan University, where I am now teaching first-year composition, working with celebrated fiction writers like Thisbe Nissen and the 2010 National Book Award winner Jaimy Gordon, and writing. I still have two and a half years before I earn my degree, during which time I'll travel abroad as a teaching assistant in WMU's intensive month-long creative writing course, the Prague Summer Program; continue teaching composition; and attempt to complete for my thesis a collection of short stories worthy of the time and effort my teachers have taken to instruct me.

My success so far is in no small part due to the guidance, friendship, and care shown to my by the HWS English department; in particular, Professor David Weiss, Professor Emeritus Jim Crenner, Assistant Professor Karl Parker, and Associate Professor and Chair Melanie Conroy-Goldman.

*Rebecca Gutwin '06
Major: Mathematics
Minor: The Good Society
Current Position: Business Manager at The RehabGYM
Current Town: Colchester, VT
Age: 26

As a first-year at William Smith, I had no idea what I wanted my major to be. I sampled a variety of classes, including Latin, economics, astronomy, computer science, sociology, and philosophy, before I finally decided to narrow in on the one subject I was interested in the most: abstract mathematics. What attracted me to math was the complex problems I encountered and their unique solutions I discovered along the way.

After graduation, I only had a vague idea of what I wanted to do. My mom had started a physical therapy practice--The RehabGYM--in Vermont the summer before my sophomore year, and I had been working there between my semesters at HWS. I continued working at The RehabGYM once I graduated but wanted to explore my options in the field of mathematics before committing to any job long-term. I knew that I didn't want to teach with my degree, so I took the other most popular route among mathematicians and applied to the National Security Agency.

Working at the NSA was an exciting prospect. I had a lot of fun going through the application process (one of my visits consisted of decoding a complex problem right in front of my interviewers!) and was eventually offered a job in their Cryptanalysis Development Program. However, during the time it took for the NSA to process my application, I had spent over a year working at The RehabGYM and my job responsibilities had increased. By the time I received the NSA's job offer, I had purchased a house and was the sole marketing director, network administrator, bookkeeper, payroll supervisor, web developer, and business manager at The RehabGYM. Talk about encountering and solving complex problems! I realized that everything I loved about mathematics could also be found in the world of business. At that point, I decided to remain in Vermont with my family and pursue a small business career.

William Smith was instrumental in preparing me for my variety of roles at The RehabGYM. The assortment of classes I completed during my undergraduate education equipped me with the tools necessary to tackle a wide range of complicated systems. I hope to make enough time at some point to pursue an MBA and perhaps one day own a small business myself.

*Ben Crosky '07
Major: Architectural Studies
Minor: Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Current Position: Founder of SolYoga
Current City: Williamstown, Mass.
Age: 26

I came to Hobart because of the "magic three." I was interested in architecture and Hobart offered one of the few liberal arts programs for architecture in the country. The fact that I could play for top-level soccer and squash teams sealed the deal. I think knowing there were wineries nearby also added to the allure.

I'm now running a travel company, called SolYoga, which specializes in and is founded on yoga. We collaborate with yoga teachers to create yoga inspired adventures around the world. Our trips are a fusion of yoga/wellness, adventure travel, service learning and experiential learning.

After a number of amazing jobs, including working in a physical therapy office, working in Barcelona in numerous capacities, at a bar, as a tour guide, at a yoga studio, and as a hotel receptionist (my shortest job ever--it lasted one night until they found someone with a work visa), I landed in Boston, Mass. I worked for Smithsonian Student Travel, immediately tasked with planning student trips to the Presidential Inauguration, coordinating logistics for the more than 6,000 students we sent to attend. I left Smithsonian Student Travel after a year to launch my own company that was more geared to my passion for yoga, adventure, learning and community.

Right now I am focusing on the launch of my company, with humble but realistic hopes of being the leader in our growing industry within a few years. One thing I've learned, something which architecture is a great teacher of, is that no amount of planning can predict the doors that will open by constant creation. Maybe SolYoga will continue to fulfill my aspiration for years to come, but more likely than not, something else will come along, inviting attention and changing my direction in aspiration. All I can really aim for is the ability to keep creating with good intention.

*Kirsten Cooper '10
Major: Asian Languages and Cultures
Minors: International Relations and English
Current Position: English Teacher
Current City: Fuzhou, China
Age: 22

When I applied to HWS, I knew that I was interested in taking classes in the Asian studies program and that I wanted to study abroad. The reason I chose to go to HWS was based heavily on those two opportunities. My first class was Chinese 101, and after that first class, I was hooked. The language was so interesting to me, and so completely different than any other language I had studied in the past. Sophomore year, I declared my Asian languages and cultures major. In my junior year, I studied in Beijing at Peking University for a semester, and the moment I stepped on the plane to come home, I was determined to find a way back. �

During my senior year, I spent most of my time finding ways to get back to China. I applied for a Fulbright Scholarship to study in southern China, but didn't get it.�I applied to grad school and was accepted but was denied scholarships. But I persisted.

Currently, I am in Fuzhou, China, teaching English at the Sunshine Future English training school. I have classes ranging in age and skill level; children as young as 4 and as old as 18. I will admit, the classes with the very young kids are challenging, but definitely the most fun. I run around the classroom singing and dancing, trying to get them all to do the same thing! What's not to like about the job? I will be at this school for at least one year, and then I hope to travel to another city. I enjoy Fuzhou, but I want to see more of China.

My end goal is to get more experience with the Chinese language and pursue a job with the U.S. government in China. I know that eventually I will be homesick but for now I am hoping to stay in China as long as I can.

*Kaitlyn Hamilton '10
Major: Sports in Society
Current Position: Graduate Student at Millersville University and Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Franklin and Marshall
Current City: Lancaster, Pa.
Age: 23

Going in to my first year at William Smith I had no idea what to expect. I knew that my first challenge would be to make the field hockey team, and with that my college career would start. I came to William Smith not really knowing what I wanted to major in, which is why I chose to attend a liberal arts institution. As I began taking classes, I found out I had a real interest in many of the subjects offered. Sophie Dennis '07 had created a major titled Sports in Society, and I was interested in doing many of the same things she did. So I decided to pursue that individual major and take a variety of courses that fit my interests.

Throughout my life, I have been involved in athletics. I can't imagine not being part of the sports world. While at HWS, I worked field hockey camps over the summer and in the athletic communications office and for William Smith Athletics during the school year. I was also a four-year member of the field hockey team. Playing and working in sports helped me learn how to balance my time and schedule, which is crucial for the fast-paced world we live in today.

My HWS experience definitely played a huge role in how I got to where I am today. The professors, especially my adviser, Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens, William Smith Athletics Director Deb Steward and Head Field Hockey Coach Sally Scatton were very beneficial in my career path and I know will continue to be in the future. Today I'm lucky to have a mentor, Missy Mariano (Franklin and Marshall head field hockey coach), who was a four-year assistant coach at William Smith. The ties and friendship one gets by going to a college like HWS is remarkable.

Currently, I'm pursuing a master's degree in sports management from Millersville University and I am the assistant field hockey coach at Franklin and Marshall College. I'm focusing on finishing my master's degree within the next year while also gaining coaching experience through the work I do at Franklin and Marshall. In the future, I would like to be a head coach or an athletic administrator at the collegiate level. I want to be able to give back to college students like my professors, mentors, and coaches have and still do for me today.

*Jawad Cipriani '08
Major: Critical Social Studies
Minors: Education and Peer Education in Human Relations Double Minor
Current Position: Undergraduate Affairs Officer
Current City: New York City
Age: 24

During my college application process, I was uncertain of exactly what I wanted, needed or expected from my college experience. However, upon a wintery visit to Geneva and a stroll past the igloo on the quad--coupled with the interdisciplinary program and the small size of the college community--I knew that Hobart and William Smith was where I wanted to spend the next four years.

I started at HWS as an economics major, but after taking courses like Economics and Gender, Labor Market Issues, and Women and International Development, I knew that my passion was not for economic theory but rather for studying social inequity. Luckily, I was able to keep Chris Gunn as my major adviser after I switched to critical social studies. It was through his advising and the interdisciplinary nature of the program that allowed me to incorporate Making Connections, and other courses from sociology, anthropology, education and English to create my concentration in Marginalized Populations. I also chose to double minor in Education and Peer Education in Human Relations.

Upon graduation, I knew that I wanted work in student affairs but I was unsure how I wanted to approach the field. After a number of inquiries, cover letters and resume revisions, I was offered the position of Undergraduate Affairs Officer at Prep for Prep in New York City, and I have been here for almost three years. At this educational nonprofit, I counsel undergraduate students through issues of academics, financial aid, internships, advanced degree research, and study abroad. These are all skills I learned through my time at HWS as an RA and as an intern in the Office of Intercultural Affairs. I also use my personal experience as a student leader--captain of Hip~NotiQ's and program coordinator of LAO--to talk to my students about balancing academics, extra-curricular activities and a social life.

In addition to my role at Prep for Prep, I am also a part of the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service (FELPS), a selective nine-month professional development program, sponsored by the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service. This program is helping me to develop my career path and strengthen my networking abilities.

I have recently been admitted into Syracuse University's School of Education as part of the Master of Science in Higher Education program and I hope to start their program this fall. After which, I plan to pursue a career in student affairs. I do not believe that I would be at this point had it not been for Chevey Devaney, Jim Burruto, Cerri Banks, Alejandra Molina, Katie Flowers, and Donna Albro. These people have served as mentors and they are also inspirations for the work that I want to do as I move forward. They provided me with the support system I needed to be successful in the classroom and advice on how to make responsible choices in the way I impact the world at large.

I am very grateful for the number of significant and genuine relationships I have built in the HWS community, and I realize more and more how strong our community is and how far it reaches out to help its own.

*Duncan Paddick '07
Major: Public Policy
Minor: Political Science
Current Position: Graduate Student at SUNY Cortland, Teach for America
Current City: Binghamton, N.Y.
Age: 25

Coming out of high school, there were only two things I knew: I enjoyed basketball and I had no idea what to do with my life. Hobart appeared on my radar as the best academic school to satiate these two things. On the one hand, I had basketball, my comfort zone. On the other hand, I was going to get a great liberal arts education and be able to find my niche.

The expression "jack of all trades, master of none" typically carries a negative connotation. However, at Hobart I felt as though I was encouraged to experiment with as many different interests as possible. I embraced the renaissance mantra of my school. I played basketball at Hobart, announced Heron soccer games on the radio, coordinated the intramural program, and participated in weekly meditation sessions with Tenzin Yignyen. My academic track featured an array of classes such as Tibetan Buddhism, Sexual Minority Movements, Finger Lakes Ecology, Irish Studies, and Environmental Policy to name a few. Ultimately, I settled in to public policy as my major, but the answer to the proverbial question, "What are you going to do with your life?" still eluded me.

Initially upon graduation, I began my professional career at Cornell University. I taught a physical education course in basketball and assisted in the intramural and recreation department. Not long after I started at Cornell, I received a phone call from Hobart Basketball Head Coach Izzi Metz '98 asking if I would like to join him on staff as the assistant coach. The answer was easy and soon I was back in Geneva.

Coaching allowed me to utilize the skills crafted over four years at Hobart. Participating in the Napier Leadership Seminar as a student-athlete helped hone the necessary tools to coach just six months after graduating. Additionally, announcing soccer games for WEOS and coordinating the Colleges intramural program provided organizational and public speaking experience to succeed as a young coach. During my two years of coaching, I was able to really think about where I wanted my career to take me. I eventually decided that I wanted to take my teaching skills from the gym to the classroom, and, through my array of experiences at Hobart, I had the utmost confidence in my ability to do so.

Today, I'm finishing up a master's degree in health education at SUNY Cortland, and I recently accepted a position through Teach For America teaching middle school math in Charlotte, N.C. I believe Hobart's multidimensional approach to education equipped me with the necessary tools to be a creative, flexible and successful teacher.

*Alex Kahn '09
Major: Anthropology and Sociology
Minors: Environmental Studies and American Studies
Current Position: Law Student, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law
Current City: University Park, Pa.
Age: 23

When I chose a college, I selected a place where I felt I could become involved. That made Hobart and William Smith an easy choice for me. As opposed to attending a huge university where introductory classes generally exceed the size of my graduating class, HWS offered an intimate learning experience both in and out of the classroom. At HWS, I was able to be a member of the varsity rowing team for four years, and work in both the residential education and admissions offices, all while succeeding in the classroom and forming close relationships with several professors.

After graduating from HWS in 2009, I went on a journey of sorts. I moved to Norman, Oklahoma in the summer to begin law school at the University of Oklahoma. But, before classes began, I decided to take the year off in order to make sure that being an attorney was what I really wanted in my life. I moved back to my home state of Virginia and worked a variety of jobs (car salesman at Lustine Toyota, electrician's apprentice at Buhl Electric, mover with Gentle Giant Moving Company, and dog whisperer at VIP Boarding Kennel). After several months of working seven days a week, I decided that I did in fact want to further my education. I gained admission into the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and am currently a 1L. My time both at HWS and in the "real world" has made my transition to law school an easy one.

Hobart and William Smith remain a large part of my life in a number of ways. Whether it's checking the results of the rowing team or keeping in touch with some of the very best friends I will ever have, I will always look fondly upon my time at HWS. Even recently, when I was looking for a summer internship for 2011, Athletic Director Mike Hanna proved to be incredibly helpful and compassionate, and he reminded me that "once a Statesmen, always a Statesmen."

*Katie Michalek '10
Major: Economics
Current Position: Sovereign Risk and Advisory Analyst at J.P. Morgan
Current city: New York, N.Y.
Age: 22

As a first-year at HWS, I was not sure what I wanted to do after college. I originally thought I wanted to be a math major, but after I took Principles of Economics with Assistant Professor of Economics Feisal Khan, I decided that I wanted to major in economics. It seemed like a cool and interesting way to apply my math skills. Throughout my first year in college, I started to think about what I wanted to do after HWS. I was never 100 percent sure, but I thought maybe graduate school or perhaps something in business.

During my sophomore year, I started to visit career services and met with Bob Murphy, the director of the Career Services Office.�Through the help of Bob and others at CSO, I had the opportunity to intern at two phenomenal companies.�In the summer of 2008, I interned at an international corporate retail company, DFS, in San Francisco, and in the summer of 2009, I worked at J.P. Morgan in NYC. These two experiences along with the guidance I received at the Colleges, most notably from my adviser, Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens, and several other professors, were extremely beneficial to the development of my career path to date and my future goals and aspirations. �

Currently, I work at J.P. Morgan as a Sovereign Risk and Advisory Analyst. The role involves quantitative and qualitative economic and political analysis of various emerging and developed market countries. As a part of the Country Risk Team at J.P. Morgan, I assess the creditworthiness of various sovereigns as well as advise governments in order to assist countries in achieving the highest possible government debt rating from public rating agencies such as Standard and Poor's, Moody's, and Fitch. I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of advisories to the governments of Mongolia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Ireland, Montenegro and Angola. I could not ask for a better opportunity straight out of college. �I am gaining an invaluable knowledge of the global economy and international markets.

I have been with the firm for nearly a year, and I am still learning a ton every day. I would eventually like to pursue a graduate degree in economics or public policy, as I feel much of what I do now on a daily basis is providing me with a solid foundation for such a degree.

*Evan Brown '08
Majors: Environmental Studies and Geoscience
Current Position: Graduate Student at Columbia, Sustainability Management Program
Current City: New York City
Age: 24

Coming into college, I knew I wanted to study the environment. As I continued in my studies, I became very interested in the geoscience classes I was enrolled in. I wound up graduating as a double major in geoscience and environmental studies, and had the opportunity to gain experience through multiple summer internships at HWS, including the Finger Lakes Institute and Professor Halfman's Lake Research.

After graduating, I knew from my studies and activities on campus (including Campus Greens) that I wanted to work in the environmental field. With the help of The Salisbury Center for Career Services, I quickly found a job as an environmental geologist for a consulting firm in northern New Jersey, very close to where I grew up. In my search for a job out of college, the career services staff found numerous opportunities for me, but my first interview was my last.

I spent the next two and a half years working on site remediation projects, cleaning up contaminated sites primarily in New Jersey and New York City. I frequently found myself in personal protective equipment working with contaminated soil and groundwater in New Jersey, around the World Trade Center site performing air quality monitoring, and working on various projects for the Air National Guard and Department of Defense. As I worked my way up, I realized that I wanted to get back into "going green" and began my graduate school search for sustainability programs. The Career Services Office was also very helpful in reviewing my graduate school application materials, offering insightful comments, and supporting me every step along the way.

Currently, I'm enrolled in Columbia University's Masters of Science in Sustainability Management Program, and living in NYC. After I graduate from Columbia, I will hopefully find a job as either a sustainability manager at a company, helping them to "go green" while saving money, or back in consulting where I can utilize both my new sustainability skills as well as my site remediation experience.

*Meg Stirling '10
Major: Media and Society
Minors: Writing Colleagues Program and Dance
Current Position: Assistant Media Planner at Merkley+Partners
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 22

I applied early decision to Hobart and William Smith after my first visit to campus during the fall of my senior year in high school. During my college search, I was looking for a liberal arts college with a wide range of courses, small class sizes, a dance club, a study abroad program, and a strong sense of community. I found all this and more at HWS, and I knew right away that it was the place for me.

As a first-year, I was very uncertain as to what I wanted to study, and I had no idea where I would land after college. I took classes in many different disciplines during my first year at the Colleges-writing and rhetoric, religion, philosophy, political science, psychology, dance, and English (just to name a few). After my first semester, one of my professors recommended me for the Writing Colleagues Program. I was excited to have the opportunity to study the writing process and the facilitation of student writing development. By my sophomore year, I was incredibly intrigued by a course that always seemed to fill before I was able to enroll-Intro to Media and Society. Once I was finally in the class, I discovered my fascination for media studies, and I declared Media and Society as my major.

During my junior year, I studied communications at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. During my time in Denmark, I took media classes such as "International Advertising," and "News Media in Transition." The following summer, after having studied media in a European context, I interned at an advertising agency near my home in Connecticut. During my senior year at HWS, I knew that I wanted to begin a career in advertising after graduation. Although I was busy with classes and my internship at the President's Office, I scheduled many meetings with Career Services and made time to network with HWS alums in the advertising industry. Just before graduation, I secured an intern position at Merkley+Partners in New York City.

I am currently working as an Assistant Media Planner on the Mercedes-Benz account at Merkley+Partners—an Omnicom advertising agency in Manhattan. In a really general sense, I help plan advertising based on budget, target audience, and product launches. Once the media is planned, I order it through a media buying agency. After the media is purchased, I actualize our media plans and provide the client with broadcast overview summaries. On the Mercedes-Benz account, we plan both corporate and local media. On a local level, I maintain the media plans for more than 50 markets, or regions that contain a cluster of Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

I strongly feel as though my liberal arts education from�HWS has prepared me for my career in advertising.�As a media and society major, I took classes in many different disciplines, and received a very well-rounded education. This has definitely helped me to get ahead, as my job depends on written and verbal communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning skills. In the future, I plan to continue my career in advertising and to eventually become a media director.

*Andrew Fosbrook '10
Major: Economics
Minor: Public Policy Studies
Current Position: Account Specialist at Greenough Communications
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 22

I hoped for one thing from Hobart College and between its size, organizations and attitude, I found just was I was looking for; the opportunity to try new things. I will be the first to admit that I learned just as much outside of the classroom as I did within, which was exactly what I sought from my college experience. Within moments of stepping on campus, I was implored to join the Hobart rowing team, with no prior rowing experience. During my sophomore year I joined Phi Sigma Kappa and had the chance to shape and develop the fledgling fraternity. I also managed the HWS ski team and aired my thoughts at student government meetings. Academically, I knew that I wanted to study economics, but Hobart's liberal arts curriculum gave me the freedom to explore many other fields without being bound by stringent requirements. Trying my hand at classes in sociology, law, media, political science, philosophy and creative writing allowed me to become a versatile learner and gave me the ability to approach complex problems from a variety of angles.

During my summers between semesters at Hobart, I interned with a venture capital firm in my hometown of Glens Falls, N.Y. With investments in every industry imaginable, I found a perfect complement to my education as I was thrown into the fire right away and began assisting clients from the financial side first, then eventually in marketing. Once I gained enough exposure, I realized that marketing and communications was the area best suited for me.

Now, I work for Greenough Communications, a mid-sized marketing and public relations agency in Boston's Back Bay. My liberal arts education gave me perspective to synthesize points of view that I utilize every day to benefit public and private companies across a wide range of industries. The variety that I experienced at Hobart taught me to change gears quickly as I shift between serving companies involved with law, research, finance and green energy. Further, as a company dedicated to crafting compelling stories for its clients, the skills I developed in writing and communications have allowed me to develop a multi-faceted approach to serving its needs.

I cannot stress enough the power of networking. Once I was released into the wild of the post-recession job market, my animal instincts kicked in and I began reaching out to Hobart and William Smith alums all over Boston. Eventually, I found myself speaking with Scott Bauman '87, senior vice president at Greenough, who helped me land a job. Now more than ever, I rely on networking to continue learning and to help the company succeed.

From coaches Mike Alton and Mike Hoepp '05 to professors DeWayne Lucas and Jack Harris--and of course, the Gearans--each individual with whom I built a close bond outside of the classroom was able to impart more wisdom than can be garnered from a textbook. As for the future, I feel confident that I have the skills in place to succeed, regardless of where it may take me. The whole of my experiences throughout college taught me that your life is your own story and there is absolutely no end to what you can do, as long as you keep an open mind, take it all in and keep exploring.

*Jenny Quirindongo '08
Majors: History, Sociology, and Latin American Studies
Current Position: Tenth Grade Social Studies Teacher
Current City: Bronx, N.Y.
Age: 24

Coming into college, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Helping other people has always been something I really enjoyed doing, and HWS only solidified my notion of how important contributing to your community is. Early on in my collegiate career, I applied to the education program and became certified to teach Secondary Social Studies. While taking full advantage of the liberal arts curriculum, I also fell in love with sociology thanks to Professor of Sociology James Spates, who truly made me feel like teaching was my purpose in life. Before I knew it I was also taking many Latin American studies courses, which ended up being my third major.

I am currently a tenth grade social studies teacher at a high school in the Bronx. The district I teach in is one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the United States, which makes my job a challenge every day. Social woes related and linked to poverty act as distractions for most of my students who have tremendous potential that I hope to unleash though teaching. I would not trade my job for anything in the world! It is definitely one of the most difficult things I have ever done, but it is also something I look forward to doing for a long time.

While on campus, I prepared myself for my long days as a teacher through a series of on-campus jobs and involvement in clubs and organizations. Over the course of my time at HWS, I worked at the Sports and Recreation Center, the William Smith Dean's Office, and Residential Education (both as a student worker and an RA for four years).

I would not be where I am without the support I received from my friends in the Latin American Organization, the people of Intercultural Affairs, and my professors. Looking back on my time at HWS, the education department was a tremendous resource for me.

Through the relationships I developed, I came to truly understand what I value in life. Professor Sherry Gibbon and Dean Cerri Banks taught me about the dedication the teaching profession requires. Professors Renee Monson and Laura Free helped me understand how I can contribute to society by fighting battles of injustice and inequality through teaching.

My goal for the future is to help get every student I teach to apply to and stay in college. I want the children of the Bronx to be able to attend institutions that provide experiences like studying abroad, and I want them to have the opportunity to work toward their goals. Eventually, I also intend to go back to school to pursue a PhD in education, sociology or history.

*Kieran "Pat" Parker '09, MAT '10
Major: English
Minors: Education, American Studies
Current Position: Academic Marketing Coordinator, HarperCollins Publishers
Current Location: New York, N.Y.
Age: 23

Like many high school seniors, I was torn in between a few different schools. I chose HWS because of the quality of education, its proximity to home, and the opportunity to continue playing a sport that I loved-football. After attending an informational session for the Teacher Certification Program in the fall of my first-year, I felt myself drawn to teaching. I was accepted into the program and spent 40 hours of the next four semesters in classrooms honing my teaching abilities. In the fall of my junior year I was accepted into HWS' Master of Arts in Teaching program; after graduating and saying goodbye to my closest friends, I came back to campus for my graduate year.

During my fifth year, I had the great honor of studying under my adviser Professor Charles Temple. In addition to Charlie's support, I spent my time working with the most fascinating and unique group of people: my other professors and MAT cohort.

All along, the staff in the Career Services Office helped prepare me for my professional future. With their guidance I fine-tuned my resume, completed two local internships, and networked with alums. While it seems a bit ridiculous to say now, the 1 1/2 months I spent unemployed felt like years. My days were spent writing cover letters, surfing job boards, and hoping for the best.

However, in July 2010, I accepted a position in Academic Marketing with HarperCollins Publishers. I have spent the last eight months interacting with educators, traveling across the country to academic conferences and promoting the company's titles for their classrooms. In my spare time, I volunteer at an afterschool program with students in Harlem, N.Y., helping them explore their creative writing abilities in the Young Authors' Club. I've also been pursuing teacher certifications in other states.

Hobart and William Smith have helped me open so many paths for myself; my life feels almost like a "choose your own adventure" story right now. There is strong likelihood that I will find myself in a classroom in the near future-either as a teacher or a student-but for the time being I am enjoying my work and have been successful at it. I don't know what the future holds for me and, if I'm being honest, I find it terrifyingly exciting.

*Alexandra Connell '10
Major: Psychology
Triple Minor: Education, Child Advocacy, and Peer Education in Human Relations
Current Position: National Program Coordinator at Project Eye-To-Eye
Current Town: New York, N.Y.
Age: 23

Arriving my first year I was not sure what I wanted to study or what career I wanted to pursue. I knew that Hobart and William Smith's liberal arts education would allow me to explore a wide range of possibilities and help me find my passion. I just had no idea it would happen so quickly into my college career.

At the end of my first year I was given the opportunity to establish and coordinate HWS Project Eye-To-Eye. That summer I was trained at Brown University at the Annual Project Eye-To-Eye Organizing Institute, which was truly life changing. I arrived back on to campus in the fall of my sophomore year with a mission to recruit HWS students with language-based learning disabilities and ADHD to work with Geneva Middle School students with the same or similar learning disabilities. We held art rooms each week with 20 mentors working one-on-one with their mentees to cultivate self-determination, self-advocacy skills, and a sense of community.

During my time at HWS I expanded the Project Eye-To-Eye programming by founding a LD/Non-LD alliance group, creating a Project Eye-To-Eye Theme House, planning Disability Awareness Month events and working with the Colleges to host Project Eye-To-Eye's Summer Program, Camp Vision.

When I think about my time at HWS I have the deepest admiration and gratitude to my amazing professors. Together they allowed me to foster my passion for disability empowerment through fascinating progressive critical thinking in the classroom and inspiring me to feel that I can make a true difference.

The friends that I acquired during my time at HWS are truly the reason why I am in such a good place today. They were there for me during very hard times and pushed me to stick with my goals. They are amazing individuals and I feel blessed to have them in my life.

I currently live in New York City and have been working full time for Project Eye-To-Eye as the National Program Coordinator. I manage a staff of 30 part-time student workers located in 12 states across the country. I will also be starting at Columbia University Teachers College this fall to pursue my master's in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education in a program I had the opportunity to design called dis/Ability Studies.

We joke at the Project Eye-To-Eye National Office that Hobart and William Smith Colleges is taking over Project Eye-To-Eye. I have the pleasure of working everyday with one my best friends Shena Vagliano '09, who was a founding mentor of HWS Project Eye-To-Eye Chapter and since graduating has been working for Project Eye-To-Eye as the Assistant to the Executive Staff.

*Teddy Tanzer '10
Majors: Political Science and American Studies
Current Position: Media Assistant at National Media, Research, Planning and Placement
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 23

Before arriving at Hobart I already knew that I wanted to be a political science major, but once I got there that decision was only reinforced. My first semester on campus I took Intro to American Politics with Professor Deutchman. Towards the end of the semester Professor Deutchman encouraged me to apply for the Day on the Hill program. This two-day program is designed to introduce HWS students to possible internship and job opportunities in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the event has great networking opportunities with alums and friends of the Colleges. While on this program Professors Deutchman and Lucas Introduced me to Will Cox '06. Will suggested that I apply for an internship with Congressman Jim Saxton, who he then worked for. A few weeks before the end of my second semester at Hobart, I heard back from the Congressman Saxton's office and they told me I had the internship.

After a great summer in Washington, I knew that was where I wanted to be after college. I went back to Hobart for my second year and began taking a lot of political science classes. The summer after my junior year I was a research intern at the National Republican Senatorial Committee with Mike Reed '06. The internship at the NRSC was a great opportunity to gain some experience, and show that I was willing to work hard. When I began my job search in the spring of my senior year I reconnected with some of the people I worked with at the NRSC. They were very helpful and made me aware of a few opportunities. The most promising of these opportunities was with a political ad agency called National Media. A month or so before graduation I had a phone interview and got the job. I started two weeks after graduation.

To say the least my first few months at National Media were interesting. It was somewhat of a trial by fire, as a result of all the business from the midterm elections. Leading up to the election I assisted media buyers with placing buys nationwide for radio, television and cable. In addition to helping with the buys, I was also responsible for making sure that things went smoothly when clients wanted to change the advertisements they had been running. Overall it was a great experience, and I am glad to be working at National Media.

In the future I plan to stay in Washington and pursue a master's degree in either communications or government.

*Deirdra Evers '08
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Aesthetics
Current Position: PhD Candidate at Brandeis University
Current City: Waltham, Mass.
Age: 24

I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I began college. If you had asked me then, I would have told you that I wanted to major in chemistry and eventually go to medical school. While I loved science, ballet was my true love. If I couldn't dance, I wouldn't go to college. I decided to go to Hobart and William Smith because it was one of the few schools in the northeast that fit all of my requirements and I couldn't resist the beautiful campus. So off I went, starting out on a path at HWS that I thought would lead me to medical school. I quickly learned that sometimes (maybe even most of the time) life does not go according to plan.

Halfway through my sophomore year Professor Christine deDenus, a faculty member of the chemistry department, approached me about doing summer research in her lab. I thought about it for a semester and decided to apply to the Summer Science program. After making some decisions that would shape the rest of my life, I found myself working for Professor deDenus doing inorganic chemistry. After that summer, I came to the realization that I loved chemistry and that maybe medical school actually wasn't for me. I had thought that I was majoring in chemistry to gain an edge in medical school admissions, but as it turned out, I chose chemistry for the sake of being a chemist.

While at HWS, I was also heavily involved in the dance department. Being raised with classical ballet, I was unsure of what a college ballet class could offer me. What I found was unbelievable self discovery and awareness through movement. Professor Cadence Whittier's ballet classes were about more than just technique, they were about understanding movement. I found that as much as I thought I loved classical ballet, I loved modern and contemporary ballet even more.

After graduation I got a job as a chemist at PerkinElmer in Boston, where I made radio-labeled small molecules. I also performed GMP analysis for radio-labeled pharmaceuticals ready for clinical trial. After two years of organic and analytical chemistry, I decided I needed to go back to school. I am currently finishing up my first year of a Ph.D. program at Brandeis University working again in an inorganic chemistry lab. Dance has taken a backseat since graduation but I try to get to a dance class as often as I can. Hobart and William Smith prepared me to expect the unexpected and gave me the education and experience I needed to go far in my field. Because of the great professors, the once in a lifetime opportunities, and active and high quality learning atmosphere at HWS I am where I am today and I am looking forward to what the future has to offer.

*Ryan Conley '10
Majors: Public Policy and Urban Studies
Current Position: Production Supervisor, Pepsi Beverages Company
Current City: Albany, N.Y.
Age: 22

After finding out that I was accepted early decision into Hobart College, I began to think more seriously about my dreams and aspirations that I wanted to accomplish in college and throughout my life. Early on I thought that I wanted to pursue a career in politics, but I had no real direction or ideas as to what it was in politics that I wanted to be doing. Like many students though, my plans soon changed after my first semester. My first-year seminar, "Politics of Disaster," a class that focused on the then recent wrath of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast Region, helped to open up my eyes to the plethora of other majors and opportunities that Hobart and William Smith Colleges had to offer and that I could take advantage of. The seminar helped me to decide that I wanted to begin pursuing a major in public policy and urban studies. Throughout my college career, many professors and classes helped me form an understanding of much more than just the basics of public policy and urban studies. The backbone of my liberal arts education continued to define my experiences while in college and on a daily basis since I have graduated.

As I enrolled in the fifth course that nearly every senior has to take on, the one in which they have to decide what it is they want to do after college, I began weighing the advantages and disadvantages to my options, which seemed to be either enroll in graduate school or find a job opportunity in what continued to be a tough economic time. After deciding that I wanted to pursue the second option, I made every effort to utilize the resources that Hobart and William Smith have to offer, mainly the strong alum network and the Salisbury Center for Career Services. I worked what seemed to be day and night on new cover letters, applications and sending my resume out, I received word that an alum was coming to campus to do a presentation and conduct interviews for Pepsi Beverages Company. After deciding that this opportunity was something that I wanted to pursue and after interviewing with the company, I was invited to a second round interview in New Jersey, where I was later offered a job opportunity with PBC. I accepted the offer to begin a program in operations management with the PBC facility in Latham, New York. After starting with the company and completing a rigorous training program, I was promoted to the Quality Assurance Supervisor position and will soon be moving into the role of a Production Supervisor. My liberal arts education from HWS continues to support my decision making on a daily basis and has proven valuable in allowing me to offer more innovative approaches to cutting costs and reducing raw material consumption at my location.

The path that has led me to where I am today has been the result of hard work and choosing to take advantage of the many of the opportunities and resources that the Colleges have to offer. Throughout my four years at HWS I was continually reminded that my success while in college and after college started with my own personal work ethic and desire to overcome the many obstacles that life can present. During my sophomore and junior years, I took advantage of internships which I discovered through the Salisbury Center for Career Services that allowed me to explore career opportunities and form an idea of the type of job that I wanted to pursue. Many of the clubs and organizations on campus, like the Chi Phi Fraternity and the Hobart honor societies helped to shape my experience while at HWS and have continued to have lasting effects on my life.

As I am still establishing myself within PBC and continuing to develop myself to serve as a more valuable asset within the company and on various projects, I have begun to think further about my future aspirations. I hope to take the knowledge that I gained while at HWS regarding public policy, environmental sustainability and urban economic development, coupled with the experiences that I have been gaining on a daily basis with a Fortune 50 company like PepsiCo to develop and lead corporate social responsibility initiatives that can continue to head the companies of today toward a more socially responsible business path which takes into account the people, the planet and the profit.

*Rachel Henderson '06
Majors: Media and Society, Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Current Position: Account Director in the Public Affairs Group, Ogilvy Washington
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 27

When I came to HWS I was interested in two things - studying abroad and playing basketball. My love of sports started when I was young and there was very little else to focus on in the small town of Selinsgrove, Pa., growing up. I also had an extreme fascination for other cultures and worlds beyond my reach and I knew I had to get out and experience them firsthand. I chose HWS because I knew studying abroad was highly encouraged and I wanted a liberal arts education.

Attending Hobart and William Smith was the best choice I could have ever made. I did get to study abroad in Madrid, Spain during my sophomore year and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I continue to use Spanish at work and in personal settings to this day. Spain is a really special place and I plan to go back often. As time went on at HWS, personal injuries plagued my athletics experience, but it also allowed me to focus on other academic opportunities and planning for a future career. That's how I was introduced to Professor Iva Deutchman and the world of journalism, advertising and PR.

I'm really happy (and a little surprised) to be where I am. Ogilvy Public Relations is a global public relations firm with countless award-winning campaigns and creative people. As an account director in the Public Affairs Practice, I counsel clients (ranging from corporations and healthcare companies to non-profits) on how to build strong communications platforms to raise awareness for an issue, respond in times of crisis or manage their reputations. For the Lance Armstrong Foundation, I coordinated the global communications efforts for the first-ever Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland. For Kimberly-Clark's HUGGIES brand, I developed eight national partnerships for its corporate social responsibility program to raise grassroots awareness for the economic and health implications of diaper need. And over the past two years I have worked closely with a national health insurer, navigating a difficult news environment in the wake of healthcare reform. It has been an exhilarating five years with this company.

�When students ask me what I did to get where I am, I always think of four things:

1. ������Take advantage of the Career Center. I followed their guidance and counsel in planning for internships, developing a strong resume and building interview skills. They helped me secure an internship with CBS in New York City, as well as with my initial interviews with Ogilvy.

2. �����Internships are so important. If I had planned further in advance, I would have devoted more of my time to internships.

3. ������Network like crazy. It's because of the connections I made at HWS that I was able to secure my internship and my job at Ogilvy.

4. �����Give back or get involved in your community. When I first moved to Washington, I didn't know anyone. I served on the Board of Washington Women in Public Relations, providing pro bono communications support, attended industry events and made more friends and connections than I can count.

In addition, I owe so much of my success to countless professors who dedicated their time to mentor me. Linda Robertson really motivated me to find my voice in my early writing and introduced me to the world of advertising. But Iva Deutchman is largely responsible for molding me into the person and professional I am today and she was an amazing mentor during the Honor's process. She's still a good friend today.

*Orlando Patterson '10
Major: Sociology
Current Position: Head Football Coach and History Teacher
Current City: St. George, Va.
Age: 24

My competitive edge guided me to Hobart College for my undergraduate studies. Upon arriving on campus in August 2005 for preseason football, I was still unsure of what I wanted to study. After a serious injury early in the season, I was able to focus my energy on academics and do something other than just playing a sport. After Coach Scott Yoder signed me up to volunteer with Red Ribbon Week at the local elementary school, it became clear that I had a passion for helping children and adolescents.

Sociology became my vehicle of learning and understanding what community, sustainability and accountability can do for young people. I am currently interning at Bridgton Academy, one of the nation's only all postgraduate private schools for young men located in the lakes region of Maine. Bridgton Academy is a place where young men can prepare for the rigors of college and beyond; they take college preparatory courses and gain an extra year of athletic preparation.

The motto for Bridgton Academy is "the year makes a difference." The students here have time to prepare for what incoming freshman struggle with year in and year out. As an intern at the academy, I have started to understand the importance of teaching - it is an art that requires much patience. I am grateful to all of my professors at HWS - I finally understand what they go through every semester.

Beginning in August 2011, I will start a new position as the Head Football coach and History teacher at a prestigious prep school in Virginia. I never imagined one year removed from Hobart I would fulfill my dreams of becoming a head coach. When I interviewed for the position, I could recall the painful - but very helpful - Sociology Senior Seminar with Professor Jack Harris. The course taught me how to present myself as a professional and to firmly believe that what I think and say is true.

Although I may be one of the few – but fortunate - people doing what they love right out of college, I am nowhere near done. I plan to become a certified strength and conditioning coach to help athletes reach their full potential. I also plan to attain my masters in sociology and education. With that background and consulting experience, I want to assist prep schools in finding the best student athletes to represent their institution. Student athletes play an important role to colleges and universities, so I want to assist in molding adolescents to be the best model citizens before arriving on the campus of their choice.

*Angela Tallo '05
Major: International Relations
Current Position: Global Cash Specialist at Brown Brothers Harriman and Co.
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 27

Looking at colleges, I knew I wanted to study international relations and travel for a term abroad. �HWS was one of the only schools I found that had an International Relations major separate from political science, as well as a study abroad program that weaved seamlessly into the academic plan. �Once I visited campus, I felt immediately at home and knew HWS was the place for me. �Before I had even taken the tour, I remember sitting on the Adirondack chairs of what was then the William Smith Admissions House, looking at the lake in late August with my Mom. We just looked at each other and said, "Yep, this is it." �I knew early on that I wanted to be at HWS; the size, the community involvement, the feel was what I had been looking for and I only applied to one other college.

I am currently working at Brown Brothers Harriman and Co. in Boston, Mass., and have been there for 5 years. I am very fortunate to have a stable job in financial services and have been part of a great team. �My team connects external clients, internal teams and other institutions to process cash settlements throughout the day and reconcile internal cash accounts. �We handle a high volume of activity and our clients – mutual funds, banks, financial services firms, and private banking clients – depend on us for our accuracy, attention to detail and constant communication. �

When I first graduated, I wasn't sure what direction to go in – grad school, interning, or return home to work – and I ended up in Washington, D.C. I had a great experience interning for International Foundation for Electoral Systems, which unfortunately did not have a permanent position for me once the internship ended after the summer. �I returned to Boston and began looking for jobs, and BBH found me. �Once there, I realized that it wasn't necessarily the plan I had set out on, but thought, 'finance and banking is such a central piece of globalization and international relations that I can find my way back to my original academic interests' – I would just have to be creative about it. �While finishing my undergraduate degree in international relations, I had taken a number of economics courses; however, most of the financial industry was a mystery to me. To better understand my job and the bigger picture, I decided to go back to school. I attended Suffolk University part-time and graduated in May 2010 with a Masters of Financial Services and Banking.

Overall, I think HWS provided the building blocks that I need to start my career and be successful. �The interdisciplinary approach enabled me to constantly seek the bigger picture and broader implications of a situation or complex issue. �What I notice most, however, is how different my undergraduate experience was from most of my co-workers and graduate program classmates. �Most seemed to enjoy wherever they went, but do not have the ties to their alma maters that I feel toward HWS. �I'm very proud of HWS and I am happy to continue my involvement with the HWS community – on and off campus. �I made friends that I'll have for the rest of my life, but I am also continuing to build upon that network at business and social events here in Boston that connect alums.

*Brandon Baer '07
Majors: Economics and Public Policy
Current Position: Apollo Advisors
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 25

Hobart and William Smith Colleges were on my radar for a few reasons: (1) my sister, Jaclyn '02, recently graduated and loved it; (2) it is a great liberal arts college and (3) their lacrosse team competes on a division 1 level. �I will never forget the final visit I made to HWS; everyone was so nice, going out of their way to help.�I came to realize this was the norm and that was the clincher for me. (and for my brother Bradley, who is currently a junior).

After the first year, I decided I would major in economics.�Professor Rimmerman's Introduction to American Politics class inspired me to double major with public policy. The professors were always there for me via office hours, e-mail, phone, and each one was a mentor.�The personal attention is what makes this school special and everyone should take advantage of it.

I was able to compete for an internship at Lazard Capital Markets through the career services office and was selected as a summer intern prior to my senior year. The environment on the sales and trading floor was high paced, team oriented and competitive where one needs to communicate well to succeed. This was similar to being a member of the Hobart lacrosse team.

After a hard working summer, I was on my way to Washington, D.C. with Professors Pat McGuire and Craig Rimmerman to participate in the fall program for the first semester of my senior year. Having a successful experience at Lazard Capital Markets helped me to get an interview and ultimately obtain a fall internship with Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal's Public Law and Policy Strategies Group.�Here, I was able to discover how public policy would translate to the real world and during the mid-term elections no less. Our lobbying group helped to accurately predict future winners and how the outcome could alter current and future public policy initiatives. Washington, D.C. was a wonderful experience and I recommend taking full advantage of study abroad programs to help discover what you may want to do with your life.

After being able to explore possible careers routes, I decided to work in finance.�My intern coordinator from Washington recommended me to an old college buddy at J.P. Morgan. I was able to interview and earned my first job out of college working in the firm's equity finance department. �I learned a great deal about equity, bond and loan swaps over nearly four years and this helped in obtaining a new opportunity outside the firm.

I recently began working for Apollo Advisors, via Gravitas focusing on collateralized loan obligations and other senior debt in the capital structure.�My future plans include working hard, learning as much as I can (I am a Level I candidate in the CFA program) and most importantly, enjoying what I do. ���

*Danielle Powers '10
Major: Political Science
Minor: Environmental Studies
Current Position: Market Data Analyst at Thomson Reuters
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 23

I knew coming into HWS that I did not have a clue about what I wanted to do post-graduation. I took advantage of office hours, met with advisers from different departments, and spent time mulling over the course catalogue. After visiting New Orleans with my first-year seminar that studied the politics of disaster, I narrowed my concentration to American politics, and declared a minor in environmental studies. I went from having vague ideas about what I wanted to accomplish, to feeling confident about the direction of my undergraduate studies.

Post graduation, I took a temporary position at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. I had participated in a job shadow with Dr. Janice Cooper in January 2010, and was asked to come back as a research assistant in July. At the National Center for Children in Poverty, I surveyed state directors on how policies promote or inhibit access to comprehensive care and services for disadvantaged youth.

In November, I moved to the Markets division at Thomson Reuters. I was not an economics major, or minor, but learned invaluable principles with Professor McGuire in Washington, D.C. Each one of my professors played an integral part in making a liberal arts education challenging and rewarding. At HWS, I was able to explore fields I was interested in, and was encouraged to pursue those I did not. It is because of this interdisciplinary approach to education that I have been able to enter an industry I had relatively little previous experience in.

I had three internships during my time at HWS, and spent hours at the Salisbury Center to improve my resume, cover letter, and interview skills. My adviser, Professor Deutchman, who demands excellence from all students, helped me to achieve my personal best. In addition to the support I had on campus, I am extremely thankful for the alums in New York, who have been receptive to my e-mails, and have offered advice and ideas during this transition to post-collegiate life.

I have the opportunity to work amongst colleagues who are eager to share their insights, and interact each day with individuals around the world. I hope to pursue graduate school and live abroad, but for now…NYC is a great fit for me. ���

*Dan DeNose '10
Individual Major: Rhetoric of Leadership
Current Position: Program Coordinator, Brick City SERVES
Current City: Newark, N.J.
Age: 23

It was the longest wait list in Hobart and William Smith history, I am to believe. I never felt so anxious in my life. I remember thoughts ran through my head like an Olympian track star, saying, "What if I do not get into Hobart? What would I do?" My family in both Geneva, N.Y., and Newark, N.J., reassured me that all things would work out; however, we understood that it took action. I called admissions once a day for six weeks, wrote letters, asked alums that I knew to write and call on my behalf.

It was a school day at Geneva High School, and I received a call saying that William "Bill" Warder from Hobart and William Smith admissions wanted to interview me. The day of the interview, I prayed that a door would open for me. All I needed was a chance, an opportunity, and I would make sure all the efforts behind me would not go in vain. In the interview I told Bill about my life, the miracles, the giant support I had from people who believed in me, and who saw the potential I had to achieve my goals, and dreams. Later that week, I received a call saying that I was accepted.

Since that phone call of acceptance, my life story has been like no other thanks to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The great leadership by the Board of Trustees, President Gearan, the Provost, the Deans, faculty, administration, and others -- all took part in shaping my wonderful college experience. Hobart has prepared me for the world, and I must keep looking forward to the change that I will make in the world.

Soon after graduation, I returned home to Newark to work as an aide to Mayor Cory A. Booker. I managed the mayor's daily schedule by briefing him before each of his speaking engagements, and made sure to keep him on time for his arrivals to the next event. My role has now switched, I am a program coordinator for Brick City SERVES. It is part of a coalition that was started by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Cities of Service, which aims to increase the service movement at the local level, connecting local needs and issues to willing volunteers. Booker was one of the first mayors to join the efforts. In Newark, we answered the call by first weatherizing 100 homes in the city by the hands of volunteers, and hosted the eastern regional NCAA March Madness. There, we were able to have more than 1,000 volunteers register to be ambassadors for the city of Newark. The coalition started with 10 cities and now it is more than 100 cities.

My future is in God's hands. I have faith and peace for the outcome, and I look forward to one day returning to HWS as a commencement speaker! I have big dreams. Dreams that I believe are bigger than me, but I understand I have to be patient. Thank you HWS for what you have instilled in me.���

*Adam Croglia '10
Double Major: Political Science and Intercultural Communication
Current Position: Graduate student at Syracuse University
Current City: Syracuse, N.Y.
Age: 23

Hobart and William Smith strike the perfect balance between coursework, service learning and (most valuable to me) mentoring by faculty and staff. The most useful lesson I learned at HWS, through a mixture of the three preparation tenants, is to actively engage in the relentless pursuit of dreams. I don't like to think that my dreams changed during my time at the Colleges, but they were certainly focused, funneled, and filtered through the rigors of a liberal arts academic experience. HWS gave me the knowledge and conviction to quantify aspirations to gain worlds of experience and to live a life of consequence.

At HWS, I double majored in political science and my own individual major creation - intercultural communication. Besides my academic pursuits, I was an active member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, Hobart Student Government and the Geneva Fire Department. My most memorable experience was interning at the Institute of International Education in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, thanks to funding provided by the Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Award. I worked closely with government and educational officials to set up two TOEFL testing centers at universities in rural Vietnam. This experience - made possible by the enormously generous alumnus Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. '63, P'94, L.H.D.'08 - served as the culminating experience of my HWS education and was sincerely a springboard to my graduate career and beyond.

Right now, I sit at my desk as the government relations intern at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. I am pursuing a dual-master's degree from the Maxwell and Newhouse schools of Syracuse University in a program called public diplomacy. I am moving to Washington, D.C. in January 2012 for the final semester of my graduate program and to begin my career in public affairs.

I credit the direction and realization of my path thus far to deliberate rearing by a few notable people. Dean Eugen Baer, President Mark Gearan, Secretary Karen Vanderlinde, Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas and Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman. I recognize their guidance and support; there is nothing I appreciate more.

My story is not unique. Many HWS students gain that final push, courage to persevere, and confidence in their convictions from personal guidance and mentoring from members of the Hobart and William Smith family. To these inspiring and dedicated educators I say thank you.
*Megan Rechin '11
Individual Major: Science Journalism
Current Position: Procedure Writer for National Grid
Current City: Syracuse, N.Y.
Age: 21

My mom will tell you that when I was little, all I wanted to do was be at school. Unlike most kids, who would cry because they had to go to school, I cried because I had to go home. So, when I graduated from high school in 2007 and got accepted to HWS, my dream of living at school came true.

I can remember my first day of classes. I showed up way too early and was sitting on the steps of Coxe Hall in the late summer sun and President Gearan walked by on his way to work. He saw me sitting there and told me he had never seen anybody so excited for class that they showed up an hour early at 7:30 in the morning. Little did he know…

For the rest of my years at Hobart and William Smith, I did everything possible to involve myself on campus. As a first year, I was elected as Class President, got a job as a photographer in the Office of Communications, made it to every Campus Greens meeting, made best friends on the second floor of Comstock and finished the year knowing that I was in the perfect place to get my education. As a sophomore, I took harder chemistry classes with Professors Miller and Bowyer, learned that taking writing and English classes were not the same from my adviser Cheryl Forbes, became an RA, and started planning to study abroad in Madrid, Spain. As a junior I went to Europe for the first time and spent a whole semester speaking Spanish and came up an idea for my Honors project as a senior. And, during my final year at HWS, I completed my individual major in Science Journalism, finished an Honors project on the Chemistry of Culture about foods in Buffalo, N.Y., went to New York City with the Colleges Chorale and began to finally think about life after college.

Now, just three months after graduation and an intense job hunt, I have landed a full-time position as a procedure/technical writer for National Grid in Syracuse, N.Y. The job calls on the skills I learned by taking science and writing classes. I am writing National Grid's technical procedures and will eventually train other employees on procedures in both New York and Rhode Island.

I owe my current position, my fantastic experience at HWS and my life to a lot of wonderful people so I would like to say thank you to my family, my advisers at HWS Cheryl Forbes, Justin Miller and Walter Bowyer, my best friends, and all the staff at HWS who helped me branch out into the Geneva community. These people have shaped me, smartened me up, prepared me for life and taught me that every single day is a gift.

*Michael Erickson '10
Major: English
Current Position: Field Executive for the Chi Phi Fraternity National Office
Current City: Atlanta, Ga
Age: 22

During my first year as a Hobart student, I quickly gathered that the Greek Life at HWS was anything but stereotypical. The fraternities were a social arena where college males came to share their thoughts and ideas, broaden and heighten their college experience, become leaders, and overall become better men. At the epicenter of these fine organizations was the Upsilon Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity.

I joined the Chi Phi Fraternity during the first semester of my sophomore year with 13 of the best men I've ever met. These guys became the closest friends I've ever had, a "lifeline" so to speak, truly my Brothers in every sense of the word. During my tenure within the Chapter, they elected me to serve as our Vice President and our Judicial Chair, thus being on the Executive Board all three years that I spent as an active member. Even though these leadership opportunities were undoubtedly beneficial, it certainly wasn't the core of my fraternity experience. The bonds that I made with my Brothers, the care that I felt each time I walked into the Chapter House or into a Brother's room, and just the fact that I knew that I belonged to something large than myself, all made my college experience whole. As I look back and reminisce about college, two things come to the front of my mind: my a cappella group, the Hobartones; and on a heightened degree, my fraternity.

Since the day I graduated, I knew that I wanted to give back to Chi Phi in some way. Shortly after graduating, I discovered a position that opened in Chi Phi National Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. I applied for the job, interviewed, and was offered the position of Field Executive. My duties are to travel the country and meet with the many chapters of Chi Phi, providing consultation visits and educational programming to further better their chapters. Within the next year, I will travel to 20 chapters in California, Oregon, Nebraska, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, New York, and Massachusetts, and conduct educational programming in cities such as Jacksonville and Reno.

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to this year. My overall career aspiration is to work in the entertainment industry, hopefully residing in the Los Angeles area. But for now I'm enjoying the position I currently hold in Atlanta, assisting Chapters across the country in finding that incredible fraternity experience that I found in my own chapter at Hobart.

*Amanda Daley '10
Major: Public Policy
Current Position: Research Assistant at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 23

Unlike most incoming first years, I was not very excited to begin college. I knew I wanted to be on the swim team for one year and that I wanted to study some sort of science, but other than that, I had no direction. Attending HWS was one of the best decisions I ever made.

I have always had a strong interest in math. My first-year seminar, The Human Faces of Mathematics with Professor Paul Kehle, not only captivated my interest through math, but also showed me there are always different ways of looking at the same issue. As a junior, I had the opportunity to be a teaching colleague for the same seminar with Paul. Once again, I was able to look at something from a different perspective. As Paul was also my advisor for my first few years, he continued to encourage me to try different things and sign up for classes I wouldn't have picked on my own.

My initial interest in science did not wane, but through classes like Biomedical Ethics with Professor Eric Barnes and Children with Disabilities with Professor Mary Kelly, I was able to investigate health issues from a non-science prospective. Because of this, I decided to major in public policy with a concentration in health care and minor in both philosophy and public service.

My classroom experiences helped me sort out my academic interests; however, my involvement in William Smith Congress as Treasurer and as a four-year member of the William Smith Swim Team taught me important life skills and allowed me to explore my interests even further and develop leadership skills. Coach Kelly Kisner not only spent countless hours helping me figure out how I could participate in all my activities successfully, but mentored me in every aspect of my college experience.

On campus, I combined my interests in public service with health care and created an independent study project on promoting nutritional awareness in Geneva Middle School. The summer before my senior year, I interned in the development office at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass. This opportunity showed me yet another side to health care, and reinforced my desire to work in the non-profit health care sector. As a senior on campus, I worked as a Match Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters; this allowed me to see the administrative side to non-profit organizations.

I currently work as a Research Assistant with the TIMI Study Group at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass. I am working on an FDA regulated international drug trial with 21,000 patients. Each day, I communicate with hospitals and physicians all over North America as they enroll patients into the trial. I have been able to combine my interests in health care and public service, as well as the skills I attained through my experiences in the classroom, William Smith Congress and the swim team in my career.

In the future, I would like to get my Masters in Public Health and continue working in the non-profit health care world. My four years at HWS prepared me for the future more than I had ever realized.

*Austin Kana '09
Major: Environmental Studies and Public Policy
Minor: Mathematics
Current Position: Junior Analyst at New West Technologies, LLC
City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 24

HWS was a natural choice for me as I was looking for colleges for a number of reasons. The Colleges had the nationally ranked sailing team I was looking for, a very strong environmental studies program, plus it didn't hurt that my sister was an earlier graduate of William Smith. Early on I had a couple of inspirational professors in public policy, and from there I decided to double major in environmental studies and public policy.�Senior year I was able to combine both of these studies in a very rewarding project I completed with the City of Geneva, where I helped benchmark the energy usage of their municipal buildings for energy efficiency upgrades. �

After graduation I did a brief stint interning at a lobbying firm in D.C. where I worked on clean energy issues.�While there, fellow Hobart graduates Matt Tarduogno '08 and Adam Goldstein '08 helped me land a full-time position as a junior analyst at New West Technologies, LLC, which is a contractor of the U.S. Department of Energy. Here, I work to commercialize clean energy technologies out of national labs and universities, and bring them into the market. Our work aims to fund research and development. �

Recently, I have decided to make a bit of a career change and follow my passion of sailing. Next fall, I will attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to study naval architecture and marine engineering.�While I am still unsure about most of my future, I have always had the dream of running my own yacht design firm. But that is still many years away, and until then I will enjoy the challenges that Michigan will have to offer.

*Laura Mallozzi '07
Majors: Economics and Public Policy
Current Position: Private Wealth Relationship Associate at Credit Suisse
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 26

The ability to figure out my future over the course of four years was what drew me to HWS. I knew that attending a liberal arts institution was a wise choice because it would expose me to a diverse yet intimate community. Similar to most college first-years, I was not sure of the direction I would take and where I would be at graduation. My first-year seminar taught by Assistant Professor of Economics Feisal Khan not only interested me, but left me with so many unanswered questions. I caught myself thinking a lot about how our economy works - I needed to know more.

I was a regular visitor in the hallway where the Economics Department offices are in Stern Hall. I continued enrolling in economics courses - later declaring it my major. I spent fall of my junior year in Boston interning at Fiduciary Trust Company. This is where I was first exposed to the private banking and wealth management businesses.

Following graduation, I worked for a private company as a wedding planner. It was a great experience and I learned the basics of running a small operation. I saw this as an opportunity for me to apply what I learned at HWS and try to improve the company operations. In 2008, I was hired by Credit Suisse and moved to New York City. After working in several capacities within the bank, I recently joined a wealth management team advising corporate executives and high net worth families on all aspects of financial planning.

My experience at HWS is what I attribute to my success today. The professors in the Economics Department were always supportive. They consistently challenged me, which made me realize my potential as a young professional. It is more than just an intimate community at HWS - it is a family. I am looking forward to the next HWS Young Alum event in New York City!

*Sarah Kirchoff '06
Major: Art History
Current Position: Manager in University Communications at the University of Rochester, Freelance Graphic Designer and Artist
Current City: Rochester, N.Y.
Age: 27

I entered college wrongly convinced that I was destined to be a genetic biologist, but all it took was one biostatistics class to confirm that biology wasn't for me after all! I realized pretty quickly that I felt more fulfilled by creative endeavors than scientific ones. I joined the Colleges Chorale and the layout staff of the Herald, as well as started taking studio and art history classes. In the end, I was much more at-home in the art history classes at Houghton House than anywhere else on campus.

Currently, I serve as a project manager in University Communications at the University of Rochester. I oversee a team of editorialists and designers, making sure that the many internal publications get printed on time, on-budget and meet university standards. When things get busy, as they often do, I'm overseeing upwards of 40 projects at a time.�

In addition to my full-time job, I started my own freelance graphic design and jewelry business soon after graduating from HWS. I sell my handcrafted pieces at local art shows and festivals throughout the summer and fall. I also work with clients in the Rochester area – including start-ups, individuals, non-profits and established businesses – to formulate creative graphic solutions that fit a variety of needs. I give back to the community by volunteering my graphic design services to the Friends of the Rochester Public Market.�

My personal and professional growth hasn't slowed since graduating from HWS. I realized during my junior year that I wanted to add on to my art history degree, so I pursued further training at the Rochester Institute of Technology where I completed a two-year, intensive graduate graphic design program. The road to getting my first job wasn't necessarily an easy one: it took me more than six nerve-wracking months to accept a position in my industry. In 2008, I started my first full-time job as the Communications Program Manager of an educational non-profit, working as a one-woman communications/web/marketing/design department for three years. I wore many hats at my first job, and through that I was able to identify my strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes – and bring this important information to my most recent job search.

I made so many important realizations and connections at HWS, I could go on for days about how much my undergraduate career molded and contributed to my current professional path. The academic preparation provided me by the art history department was top-notch. Professor Lara Blanchard taught me the basics of how to catalogue, approach, organize, and understand art, while my honor's thesis adviser Professor Michael Tinkler patiently walked me through the process of writing my first long, academic paper.

Beyond just my major, I enjoyed the support of the rest of the faculty and staff. Professors like Bob Cowles from the music department nurtured us by establishing safe places to be creative and explore varied interests. The best part is, my connection to HWS wasn't severed when I left campus: I still have close relationships with my professors. On a more practical level, the Career Center was also an invaluable resource for me. I used it as a networking tool during both my 2008 and 2011 job searches.

Next year, I'll begin my MBA at the University of Rochester, focusing on gaining business sense to complement my creative skill set. Ultimately, I hope to open my own gallery space for Kirchoff Design, showcasing my own work as well as pieces from other talented, struggling, local artists. The gallery would include space for an artist collective free for community use. I also hope to teach art history or graphic design in a university setting down the road... perhaps the Art History department at HWS will be hiring in 10 years?

*Joe Bochynski '08
Majors: Studio Art and Mathematics
Current Position: The Rhode Island School of Design Master of Fine Arts painting program
Current City: Providence, R.I.
Age: 24

My studio art practice is influenced by the contrasting activities that I encountered everyday at HWS. Vigorous campus activity (including being a four-year member of the Hobart cross country team), coupled with demanding course material, is to thank for much of my curiosity and creativity.

As architects of this environment, the HWS faculty and staff should be thanked as well. Hobart Director of Athletics Mike Hanna's continuous enthusiasm is mirrored by Fisher Center Director Betty Bayer's rigorous keynote introductions. Working with these individuals while I was at HWS was meaningful, and I would encourage others to do the same.

The Honors Program was the main thing that helped my transition from HWS into the "real world." Art Professor Michael Bogin politely required the best from me, just as curators and bosses have done since. The honors oral exam taught me how to speak about my artwork and prepared me for studio visits and graduate school interviews. I often think about it when the inevitable question comes up in conversation: "You're an artist? �What do you do?"

As a somewhat idle artist since leaving Geneva, I have run the usual checkpoints on my way to being accepted into a MFA graduate program. Commercial printing with carcinogens, professional art gallery wall fly, and, naturally, data-entry specialist have been some of the positions I've held, especially since the 2008 economic downturn. This was a necessary and educational process that guided me to my next endeavor-The Rhode Island School of Design Master of Fine Arts painting program, which I began in the fall of 2011.

Besides completing my MFA degree, one of my future ambitions is to be so famous that wearing white tube socks with dress pants is accepted as institutional critique.

*Molly Rosenthal '11
Major: Public Policy
Minors: History and Education
Current Position: Sales and Marketing Associate at LivingSocial
Current city: Washington, D.C.
Age: 22

Coming to college, I wasn't sure of much except that I didn't want to be a math major. I figured I would be an English major because I loved to read and write. However, after attending my very first class at HWS, Democracy and Public Policy with Professor Craig Rimmerman, I realized there were many other paths I could take that would allow me to build on my strengths. From there, I loaded my course schedule with interdisciplinary public policy classes and never looked back. Meanwhile, I had the opportunity to learn a variety of new skills through my other coursework, on-campus jobs, and extracurricular activities. At the end of my four years at HWS, I felt confident that I could use this skill-set to do pretty much anything!

Currently, I am a sales and marketing associate at LivingSocial in Washington, D.C. (no, not Groupon). I work with merchants from all over the country to promote their businesses through the daily deals that millions of subscribers take advantage of every day. Though working for a successful and rapidly expanding Internet company was not what I had in mind as I began my post-grad life, I couldn't be happier. I love going to work every day and challenging myself to use the skills I learned at HWS in new and exciting ways. That, and my office boasts a ball pit and video game room!

I never could have gotten my job at LivingSocial without my on-campus experiences. My job as a tour guide and senior intern in the Office of Admissions helped me develop many of the skills I use at work on a daily basis. "Selling" HWS to prospective students is remarkably similar to selling LivingSocial to prospective businesses. On top of that, the emphasis that all my professors placed on effective communication has benefited me tremendously. In job interviews, and now at LivingSocial, I find myself drawing upon the communication skills I developed and practiced in and out of the classroom at HWS.

It is hard to pin down my aspirations for the future because I love what I'm doing right now. That being said, I would love to pursue my public policy interests in some way down the road. I don't yet know what that will look like in practice, but I hope to make a positive contribution to improving public education in America. That, and I am on a constant quest to be a contestant on Jeopardy!

*Michael Pruchniewski '09
Major: Economics
Current Position: Business Development Manager for Sugarmade, Inc.
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 24

I had never heard of HWS until Coach Mark Taylor called me after a summer hockey tournament in Massachusetts. Even though I wanted to play college hockey, academics were important to my family and I - so I asked around about this school in Upstate N.Y. A number of people recommended HWS because of its strong economics program, and I decided to attend because of the school's academic reputation as well as the opportunity to play hockey.

Hockey didn't end up working out for me, and I decided to study abroad in London to explore potential career opportunities. This was the first time I had been out of the country, so it was a chance to do something new, which would become a theme for me. Around the same time, a group of guys and I helped to start re-chartering the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

When I got back from London I decided that I was not going to go to law school and that I would apply to business school. Economics Professors Tom Drennen and Alan Frishman told me about the Colleges' partnership with the Simon Graduate School of Business and their MBA program. The market was terrible at the time, so I looked at the opportunity cost and decided to apply.

Currently, I am the business development manager for the northeast for Sugarmade, Inc., which is a new public company based in San Jose, Calif. I work out of a home office just outside of Boston, which allows me to travel around New England and the surrounding areas. Sugarmade manufactures 100 percent tree-free paper products using bagasse, which is the byproduct of sugar manufacturing.

I'm on the ground level of this start-up that is going to re-shape the paper industry. We're building something from scratch and figuring it out as we go because we are creating standards for a new product. I'm lucky because I get to work with a lot of really smart and really interesting people, so I am taking in a lot of information.

There were a number of alums and professors in the economics department who were influential in my progress through the Colleges. The alumnus who had the biggest effect on me was Lee Jokl '05; Professor Tom Drennen connected me with him. Lee and I corresponded for close to two years before we finally connected in Arizona. Lee gave me his perspective along the way, which really helped me succeed because I had candid insights from someone who just went through what I was experiencing.

As for the future, I plan to enjoy myself and see where this roller coaster takes me. Sure everyone has a plan, but does that plan really ever work out? And if it does, is it because we make decisions based on what we think is the right thing to do, or what we really want to do? Erik Van Slyke '85 asked me that question when I told him I thought I wanted to be a consultant. He was right - and now I aspire to do what makes me happy.

*Elizabeth Covino '11
Majors: Physics and Psychology
Current Position: Technical Services Problem Solver
Current City: Madison, Wisc.
Age: 22

The summer leading up to my first year at college, I spent a lot of time trying to decide what I actually wanted to do with my life. I have always been interested in health and nutrition so I signed up for the first-year seminar, Nutrition: Issues and Controversies with Professor Joel Kerlan. I decided that in case I wanted to pursue a career in the health professions, I should sign up for courses associated with the pre-med track, so I also signed up for Calculus I and Physics I. Taking advantage of the liberal arts curriculum, I decided to major in psychology in order to round out my course work.

Second semester, I began privately tutoring a few of the faculty members' children in high school physics, and then some of the students in Physics I at HWS as well. When I received an invitation by Associate Professor Ted Allen to apply as a teaching fellow for the physics department, I decided to apply and began working in my sophomore year. At that time, I was not registered for any physics classes, in fact, I thought I was done with physics classes after taking Physics II that past spring. Somehow, Associate Professor Steve Penn convinced me to take his Math Methods class. I was petrified of the class and thought that it was going to be too difficult for me to understand. Although that class was challenging and required a lot of commitment, it ended up being one of my favorite classes. After that, I took at least two physics classes every semester - I ended up taking one more physics class than I needed for the major and participated in the summer research program.

The combination of psychology and physics seems to be a strange choice for a double major, as there is not a lot of obvious overlap between the two fields. However, looking back on my experiences and coursework, that is what made this pairing the perfect choice for me. The combined skill sets required for the two disciplines ensured that I could explore a wide variety of careers. My psychology classes taught me about the inner processes of the human brain and behavior, as well as how to be a strong writer, critical thinker and presenter. My physics classes taught me how to think logically, deal with difficult math problems, and perhaps most importantly, to effectively deal with feeling completely lost when attempting a problem.

Currently, I work as "technical services problem-solver" at Epic Systems Corporation, a medical software company in Madison, Wisconsin. Each workday varies greatly and usually involves a variety of different responsibilities. My job description includes anything from programming to customer service. In order to meet these demands, I find myself relying on all of the skills I learned during my time at HWS.

I'm still not sure what career I want to pursue, or how I'm going to get there. I suppose that is the real benefit of my undergraduate education; no matter where I decide I want to go, Hobart and William Smith have provided me with the necessary skills to get there.

*Myles Hunt '11
Major: Arts and Education
Current Position: Puppeteer/Performer at Walt Disney World
Current City: Orlando, Fla.
Age: 23

When I came to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2007 I knew that I wanted to broaden my skills and knowledge in ways to make people happy, especially children. My passion for Jim Henson and his lovable Muppets always fueled that drive. I eventually joined the Education Department with the goal of learning what makes my target audience click, the children.

I loved witnessing the myriad of ways they could learn and what they enjoyed most out of school. My motto, teaching through laughter, always made me want to go above and beyond the realm of general education. Ergo, my major, Arts and Education, was chosen. This major allowed for me to practice as much art and still teach throughout Geneva and abroad.

Prior to my studies abroad I was fortunate enough to intern with the famous Jim Henson Company in New York City for the summers of 2009 and 2010 in which were the most exciting and exhilarating summers of my life. I was able to build Muppets, props, and experience the community on 123 Sesame Street! (Elmo is quite amazing in person).

Hobart and William Smith Colleges also gave me the privilege to study abroad in the marvelous country of New Zealand. My motto stayed with me and I was able to teach and study puppetry throughout the majestic landscape while experiencing a world unlike any other. Upon graduation, I had discovered my calling, became certified to teach in New York State, interned with an iconic company and traveled the world. How's that for an education?

Currently I am living and working in Orlando for the Walt Disney Company as a puppeteer and character performer. I am being paid to make families laugh, smile and live in magic. I love it and am grateful to have such a rewarding starting job. In July I attended the National Puppetry Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, and eventually auditioned for Disney while staying on the Georgia Tech campus.�

My future goals are to continue my motto and broaden its possibilities beyond puppetry and see where it can go. I wish to continue exploring the endless possibilities and discover the new ways that families and children can learn and laugh. I would love to eventually bring together a troupe of performers; educators and artists to simply have fun and explore ways to continue making people smiles, laugh and learn in a modern age!�

*Gil Carr '06
Majors: Architectural Studies and Environmental Science
Current Position: graduate student at Alaska Pacific University
Current City: Palmer, Alaska
Age: 27

I had a vague sense of what I wanted from the college experience, no more than that, really. I wanted a flexible education, not locked into some track. I wanted to go abroad, I knew that. I was interested in the environment, in civil engineering, maybe architecture? A whole lot of other things held my interest. In the world of a high school senior looking to go to college, it was all tenuous at that point.

I think HWS helped shape, define, and expand my interests. I think that's what college is for. I found, to a certain extent, that what your undergraduate degree is in is less important than the fact you have a degree. It shows you can work to put all the pieces together and make something. I ended up with a double major in architectural studies and environmental science and a minor in history.

For many fields and pursuits, an undergraduate degree is not the end of the
line. To get some of the positions I want, and to love what I do, I came to the conclusion that I needed a master's degree. Thus, as of fall 2011, I enrolled in a master of science program in outdoor and environmental education at Alaska Pacific University.

My "problem" seems to frequently be that I'm interested in just about everything, and can see myself in various roles, jobs, and fields. I feel that the early 20's are absolutely an appropriate time NOT to have a 20-year long career. That will come with time. Following my own philosophy here, briefly, and in no particular order, after graduating HWS: I worked out west at Philmont Scout Ranch and the National Outdoor Leadership School; I've worked in the green insulation market; I've hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, Georgia to Maine; I've managed a teambuilding and rock climbing center. Also, I've worked at a vineyard making wine, at a restaurant, and have worked back at HWS with the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program. I feel that all of these things build on a base of experience that will serve me throughout life. I believe it's all been useful, positive experience.

I think the biggest resource that HWS has provided me is a group of friends after college. I'm still closest now with some of the people I lived with at HWS. This is no small matter, they are my support group, sounding board, and when we get together, a huge source of fun. Keeping in contact is always hard, but important.

The future is wide open and I'm an optimistic person. First, I want to finish my
Master's degree. The focus will then shift to a stable and longer-term career somewhere with a high quality of life and access to the outdoors and family. Pretty simple goals, no?

*Paula Foote '07, MAT '08
Major: Psychology
Minor: Education
Current Position: Extended Studies Teacher (K-2)
Current City: Geneva, N.Y.
Age: 26

I decided to attend William Smith for two reasons: the College's exceptional liberal arts reputation and its nationally known basketball team. The big selling points for me were the small class sizes and the competiveness of the team. As I entered my first year at William Smith, I was undecided on a major. I knew I enjoyed being active in sports and helping children, so eventually I decided to pursue education.

Currently, I'm the extended studies teacher at West Street School in Geneva, overseeing the enrichment opportunities for kindergarten, first and second grade students. In addition, I coordinate an afterschool program at Hobart and William Smith called BOOST, which enables local students to take part in enrichment opportunities and get help with homework. During the summer months, I'm the director of Kids College at HWS, which allows me to stay connected to students and community members throughout the year.

I have also been involved in basketball for the past three years, coaching at both the modified and junior varsity level. One day, I hope to coach at the varsity level. I truly enjoy sharing what I learned as a student-athlete at William Smith.

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs at HWS helped prepare me for the real world and the grueling interview process that comes with job searching. My advisers, Helen McCabe and Mary Kelly, were great resources in this regard. Furthermore, my cohort of graduate students was advantageous because we were able to share our experiences with each other. Fortunately, I was offered two jobs and selected to stay in Geneva where I had already formed relationships in the local community and school system.

The connections to the faculty and staff that I made throughout my college experience are extremely beneficial. To this day, I still call upon those relationships to enrich the learning environment for my students. Hobart Athletics Director Mike Hanna '68, P'99 and William Smith Athletics Director Deb Steward have been generous with the donations of jerseys and sending HWS student-athletes to interact with my elementary students. In addition, I'm working with Assistant Professor of Education Mary Kelly on a new technology piece that will allow current HWS students to use Galaxy Tablets with our K-2 population.

In the future, I would like to expand the gifted and talented program at West Street School, as well as take the helm of the Geneva girl's basketball program. I would also like to continue building and maintaining relationships in the community and at HWS.

*Lee Jokl '05
Major: Economics
Current Position: Co-founder of Citelighter
Current City: New York City
Age: 28

My decision to come to Hobart was really a no-brainer. Given that both of my parents, my grandfather, and four of my uncles had all attended HWS, I never really saw myself anywhere else. Like any good liberal arts student, I came to Hobart with my eyes open and a willingness to try many paths before deciding on the one that best fit my interests (i.e. I didn't really have a definitive plan). I learned that the science of economics was what interested me most, but I also found a love for the Spanish language, which I studied extensively and have continued to learn ever since.

Currently, I am the co-founder of a start-up education technology company called Citelighter, which I founded with a friend from business school. Citelighter is an online tool that facilitates students, particularly college students, in completing research projects. While it has only been about six months since I left my corporate job and moved from Phoenix, Ariz., to New York City, I've not only learned a tremendous amount about starting a business, but I've seen real progress with the company, which now has thousands of active users and partnerships with cool companies like CollegeHumor Media.

Since graduating from Hobart in 2005, I've been fortunate enough to utilize both my economics and Spanish education in the five states that I've lived (including Puerto Rico). As a direct result of the HWS economic department's strong reputation, I was accepted into the MBA program at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in 2006 and afterward went on to work for an IT consulting firm called CGI.

The HWS alum network has been an incredible source of contacts and information. During business school, several HWS alums worked with me to provide contacts and recommendations during my job search. One even hired me as a consultant. The professors themselves, particularly Professor Tom Drennen, have also been a huge help throughout my post-HWS life and I'm happy to say that we still keep in touch.

While it's hard to say exactly where my career will take me over the next few years, one consistent goal of mine is to be able to provide meaningful scholarship opportunities for future HWS students. Being a recipient of the Trustee Scholarship, I greatly appreciate the opportunity it afforded me and look forward to paying that forward in the future.

*Emily Webster Boddy '05
Major: Public Policy
Current Position: Yoga Teacher
Current City: London, England
Age: 28

I had always planned to study political science at Hobart and William Smith, and ended up graduating with a major in public policy (concentration in children and families), and a minor in political science. I found remarkable teachers at HWS and one in particular, Associate Professor of Sociology Renee Monson, guided me to the realm of welfare and social policy – a combination of my interests in politics/social justice and child welfare. Influenced by coursework and community service projects, I pursued jobs in the area of social work.

I enjoyed my work, first clerking at a child custody court in Connecticut, and then working with inner-city youth in Boston. However, I found that to be effective and sustainable in this field, I needed to develop my own capacity to care and serve without attaching to outcomes. I left Boston in 2008 for a short-term job working on 2008 Democratic Campaigns in California. With space and distance, I gained perspective and decided to train as a yoga teacher. I moved to India in the summer of 2009 where I stayed for one year. I trained as a yoga teacher, meditated, studied Vedic philosophy and lived and served at an orphanage. I met my husband in India, and we have settled in his native London.

I am now establishing my yoga practice here in London, both as student and teacher.� The common thread between what I set out to do as a student at HWS and my current career path is that I have come to understand that social justice starts from within. Yoga and meditation are practices I can offer to help people develop awareness and self-care, and then offer that care to others. It's about making people fit to lead and capable of having compassion for themselves and for the greater society. I hope to begin to integrate yoga and service into my life in London, as I had done in Boston, developing programs to advance access to yoga to under-served and at-risk populations here in the UK.

The philosophy at HWS, particularly the goal system, encouraged me to try new things and to diversify my interests. I developed a comfort zone that has enabled me to go off the beaten path and take risks for my own development and for that of society at large. Professor Monson, among others, pushed me to do far more than I thought I could, and that continues to be a reminder in life that I can always go beyond what I think is my edge.��

*Walter Cruz '11
Major: Architectural Studies
Minor: Studio Art
Current Position: Fellow for Dipont Education Management Group
Current City: Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Age: 22

Before starting at HWS I knew I wanted to study architecture. It was a field I had wanted to pursue for quite some time. When I learned that the Colleges offered a major in architectural studies, I knew it was the place for me. HWS allowed me to pursue my interests at a small institution. I commend all of the exceptional professors in the art and architecture departments. The courses they provided were beyond challenging and thought provoking, they helped me think about my surroundings more critically and not accept circumstances at face value.

During my short four-year stint in Geneva, I tried to develop former interests and explore new ones. My first-year roommate introduced me to the game of rugby. This was definitely one the best things I took part in. I dipped my hand into everything, from being the president of the Latin-American Organization to co-founding a music drive to supplement the lack of instruments at the newly renovated Boys and Girls Club. The push for community service on campus was by far the most fulfilling aspect of Hobart and William Smith for me. There is nothing like being able to engage the community outside of campus. My senior year, I was hired to work for the BOOST! after school program. I was able to make a difference in the lives of some of the children in the local community, which further sparked my passion for helping others.

Like most seniors, my last semester at HWS was filled with thoughts and concerns about what post-grad life had in store. Toward the end of the semester I was granted a fellowship with Dipont Education Management Group. Not only was it relieving, it was exciting. I was given the opportunity to continue helping students while getting a chance to live on the other side of the world. Since being in China, I have begun to conduct an independent research project aside from serving as a junior college counselor. Thanks to the experiences provided at the Colleges, I've been off to a successful start in Nanjing.

If there is one thing I've learned thus far, it's that sometimes guidelines work better than solid goals. I don't know what's in store for me in the future. I do know that I want to keep on helping people and continue to strive towards making a difference. There's a whole world out there and someone has to see it. Why not me?

*Nick Hoagland '07
Major: Economics
Current Position: Graduate Student at the Simon School of Business
Current City: Rochester, N.Y.
Age: 28

When I first came to HWS in 2003, I did not know what I wanted to do after college. I remember thinking that I would ultimately end up back home in New York City in finance, but was quite certain that I would never join the Peace Corps.

It became apparent that four years in Geneva passed by too quickly and I soon found myself embarking on the next opportunity. While a student at HWS, I particularly enjoyed studying abroad in "the other" Geneva, Switzerland, as well as being on the rowing team. I volunteered for the local fire department and engaged in a variety of other endeavors throughout my college experience. While these experiences were amazing, the best part about HWS was, and still is, the people. The professors and staff encouraged thoughtful, intelligent, and challenging discussions while the students were encouraging, friendly and entertaining. The Colleges attract the most amicable and interesting people from all over the world.

In January of 2007, I decided that having grown up in New York, I did not want to rush straight behind a desk and looked for opportunities to help others. After several conversations with people who were formerly involved with the Peace Corps, I changed my earlier opinion and decided to apply. In less than a month, I was accepted and encouraged to leave immediately after graduation as a business development specialist in the French speaking sub-Saharan Africa. This intimidated me, particularly due to a lack of confidence in my language skills.

I was sent to Dinguiraye, Guinea, as a small business adviser for more than two years until ordered to evacuate by the U.S. State Department. My primary assignment was working with micro-finance institutions to improve their overall efficiency in collecting savings and providing credit. Given my economics major and business background, I also contributed other needed skills such as teaching, volunteering in health clinics, basic IT skills, and working with farmers, women, and students. I thoroughly enjoyed my two years in the Peace Corps and would recommend it to most recent college graduates.

After returning from Africa, I began working in midtown Manhattan for two finance companies. The most notable was opening a U.S. office for a well-established European private equity fund. After working on a variety of projects, I noticed that my colleagues all had advanced degrees and decided it was time to return to academia.

Since I have lived in New York City for most of my life, I wanted to pursue an MBA somewhere else. Given my past experience in upstate New York, but most likely due to the proximity to the Finger Lakes wineries, I decided to enroll at the Simon Graduate School of Business. Over the summer, I moved to Rochester, New York where I am currently studying finance and entrepreneurship. In the future, I would like to use my past experience to value, finance, and solve complex business problems for entrepreneurial projects.

*Elise Cooke '06
Major: Biology
Current Position: director of annual giving programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 27

When I came to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the fall of 2002, I had my sights set on beginning medical school after graduation. I hit the ground running with classes to fulfill the requirements, such as biology, organic chemistry and biostatistics. Needless to say, after four years of a diverse schedule of classes-my minor was French and Francophone Studies-and a study abroad trip in Australia, my steadfast goal of medical school had petered and I realized that I had many other interests. That didn't slow my medical profession ambitions, but I was not set on medical school. Instead, I graduated with the hope that real life experience would steer my career.

After two years working as a research study assistant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, I realized I did not want to be a medical professional. I knew I wanted to remain in the healthcare industry, so I made a career change and was hired as an annual giving officer in the development department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. I have been with this department for three years, and am now the director of the Annual Giving Programs for the hospital.

My path was eye-opening, confusing and exciting all at once. I had never considered a career where I wasn't a medical professional, so I was excited to explore everything and remove my blinders. That being said, it was unnerving because I did not know if I would be good at something outside of medicine. Needless to say, I did a lot of networking, and was lucky to find an opening and start my new career. I had a steep learning curve and worked hard to land my current position.

As for my aspirations for the future, I have many, both career-centric and regarding my personal life. I'm currently in school part-time at New York University, pursuing a master's degree in public administration with a focus on public and non-profit finance, so between that, meeting new people all the time and simply living in New York City, my list of interests and future aspirations is always growing. With that said, my future aspirations are quite simple: health and happiness for myself and loved ones, complete fulfillment, little to no regret and to know that I have made a difference whether it be raising money for cancer research and the hospital, advising a friend on relationship issues or just simply making someone laugh.

*Andrew O'Donnell '09
Major: English and Environmental Studies
Current Position: 12 Meter Challenge crew member
Current Location: St. Maarten
Age: 25

I was very excited to be accepted to Hobart as an early decision applicant. Associate Director of Admissions Ruth Teague '77, P'02, P'04, P'07 and my adviser from the Salisbury School had a very positive and influential impact on my decision process. I lacked the forward outlook some students have when applying to schools, but they believed that Hobart and William Smith would be a good fit me. I discovered that HWS is an institution where a growing mind is encouraged to explore and find a path.

An influential factor in my life at HWS was the Hobart rowing team; I knew I wanted to row, compete and be a part of a highly respected team.

Initially, I found myself engaged with the beauty of the HWS campus and the accepting nature of the community. I could not take enough classes or meet enough people. I truly feel that HWS helped me blossom; it taught me a love of learning and gave me a hunger to continue my education.

After graduating, I wanted to pursue my passion for environmental sustainability. This brought me to the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale where I helped host the Green Investing Symposium at Bloomberg, and was introduced to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. At the Cary Institute, my duties ranged from studying how people reacted to the Climate Gate scandal, to examining gas chromatography, and assisting several senior scientists.

Currently, I am working for a yacht racing company, called 12 Meter Challenge, in St. Maarten in the Caribbean, a wonderful opportunity for me to get back to the water. We take guests on former America's Cup 12 Meter race boats and give them a taste of racing. As a crew member, my duties range from fiberglass work and rigging to guest safety. Previously, I had been sailing and racing on several boats, including sailing a Swan 65 to Maine for Hurricane Irene where I and two other crew members endured a 66 kt. breeze. Additionally, I joined fellow Hobart graduates William Gammell '09 and Rob Crane '09 on the TP52 racing yacht Decision for the New York Yacht Club Cruise. Team Decision won in both fleet and class competitions!

In the future, I hope to explore positions in business, investing and marketing, as those are passions of mine. I also want to continue to stay hungry for learning and education.

*Annalise VanHouten '09
Majors: English and American Studies
Current Position: sales and marketing, Simon and Schuster Publishing
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 24

Growing up in Geneva, Hobart and William Smith Colleges was originally the last place that I wanted to apply. My mom convinced me to do it anyway, and I'll be forever grateful. Although my decision to attend HWS didn't come until the very end of the college search process, I've never doubted that it was the right one. I was looking for a smaller school that offered a liberal arts curriculum and had plenty of study abroad options, but it wasn't until I came to the HWS Accepted Students Open House that I felt like I had found a school that really cared about its students. The personal attention shown to me by the admissions staff, the faculty, and the current students was what convinced me that HWS was the school I wanted.

My time at the Colleges was spent mostly in the English department, but as I came to know the faculty and develop wider interests, I decided the field of American Studies was something I was fascinated in too. My professors were amazing and really devoted their time to helping me hone my strengths and improve my weaknesses. I spent a semester in England and through Career Services had the opportunity to do countless internships.�By the time I graduated, even though I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do career-wise, I felt confident that the skills I had gained over the years would be immensely transferable.

For the past year and a half, I've worked as part of the sales team at Simon and Schuster, a major publishing house. My experience in the corporate world has been invaluable; I have had the opportunity to witness and learn from the constant changes that are happening as the publishing world begins to embrace digital technology. I work in the children's department, which is a fun and exciting environment, and I deal with all types of people on a daily basis. My favorite part of it all is being surrounded by others who love reading as much as I do.

The road to my current job was not easy. When I graduated in 2009 the market was really tough, and I ended up having to move to NYC initially without a job. I had two suitcases, a sublet from Craigslist, and the hope that all the experiences I had been through would amount to something. It took a lot of persistence, daily e-mails with Career Services, and more cover letters than I care to remember, but it all paid off in the end and I survived to tell the tale! Looking back, it was probably the bravest thing I've ever done, and I owe it all to the ways I grew not only as a student, but as a person during my four years at the Colleges.

There are so many things I want to do and see that it's overwhelming at times. I am interested in continuing in the digital or academic marketing side of publishing, but I'm also interested in higher education and university presses. My inability to narrow things down is the good and bad part of having that liberal-arts girl always inside me, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I know that my desire to keep trying new things, go new places, and challenge myself in different ways stems from my Hobart and William Smith education, and I know with equal confidence that because of my amazing experiences there, I'm going to have some pretty terrific adventures ahead of me.

*Matt Lyttle '06
Major: Religious Studies
Current Position: Coordinator, Volunteer Fairfax
Current City: �Alexandria, Va.
Age: 27

When I started at HWS there were only two things I wanted to do: play lacrosse and become a Presbyterian minister. I quickly learned that I wasn't going to play lacrosse on anything more than the club team. That, however, allowed me to get involved in other activities at HWS. By the second semester of my first year I was plugged into chorale, Hobartones, many community service groups, and I started playing the guitar. Being involved in community service made me realize that I wanted to help people. Gradually, over the next three years, my dream changed from a career in ministry to working for social change. I started interning with various nonprofits and found that I really enjoyed the work. �By the time I graduated I had a pretty clear picture that I would have a career helping others.

After graduation, I worked for a few different places. In 2008, when my wife, Jessica Werder '04, and I were looking for a new challenge, we decided to join the Peace Corps. We spent two years living in Nicaragua as community health promoters. What I loved about the Peace Corps, among other things, was the amount of time you have to think. There's plenty of work to be done, but when you are a volunteer you find yourself walking for hours, riding buses across countries, and sitting in your house with no electricity. It was during that time that I was able to focus my interests and skills into a career path that I could really enjoy: emergency management. HWS taught me how to be aware of the world around me, as well as myself. It's a skill that comes in handy when dealing with complex, stressful situations.

Now I work for a nonprofit called Volunteer Fairfax in Fairfax County, Va., a community engagement and service learning office for the county. Here, I coordinate disaster volunteerism in our area. This is a perfect match between my community service experience and my newfound interest in emergency management. I'm also working on a master's degree at George Washington University and I find that my classroom experience at HWS makes me one of the most engaged students in my GW classes. HWS taught me to challenge myself, my classmates, and even the professor.

I'll be finished with my degree in December of 2013. I'm not sure what I'll do when I'm done. When HWS teaches you that you can do anything, it becomes difficult to settle into one path. I may stay here, or I may try to find a job with the U.S. government responding to disasters internationally. I also have developed contacts at large companies with their emergency management departments.

I'm incredibly grateful for the education I received and the values that I gained. I hope someday that I can give back to HWS by offering internship and job opportunities to those interested in my field.

*Max Silberlicht '10
Major: Movement Studies
Current Position: Graduate Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Lynchburg College
Current City: Lynchburg, Va.
Age: 23

My plans coming into college were to succeed in school and dedicate myself to becoming the best lacrosse player I could be. I never was able to answer the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" That just isn't me; I enjoy living in the moment, and dedicating myself to the moment. With that being said, a large part of my decision to choose Hobart was its reputation in both the lacrosse world as well as the corporate world.

As my college career went on, I became more aware that I wanted to become a coach. The thrill of game day, the hard work in practice and the weight room, and the camaraderie�of being on a team was something that I was all too aware of having a definitive ending point. So, I made the decision to tailor my schooling to have the greatest understanding of what it meant to be an athlete so I could stay as close as possible to these great aspects of being a college athlete. With the help of Associate Professor of Dance Cadence Whittier and some nudging from Associate Professor of Dance Michelle Ikle, I became a movement studies major with a psychology minor, so that I would have a greater understanding of the two parts that make up an athlete-the body and the mind. From that point on, my schooling was designed and structured in a unique way to educate myself to become the most informed coach I could be.

Not surprisingly, I am currently coaching.�I'm a graduate assistant lacrosse coach at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va.�We're a Division III program that plays in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

I ended up in central Virginia for most part because of Hobart Lacrosse Coach T.W. Johnson who was kind enough to help me with my job search and pointed me in the direction of Lynchburg.�Being here has also allowed me to work on my M.Ed.; I'm one semester away from completion.

Moving forward, I will continue to rely on the Hobart family�as I keep striving to reach my career goals. My aspirations for the future are to be a head lacrosse coach at an NCAA affiliated school, where I can give committed young men the chance to be college athletes. I look forward to attempting to create great experiences for these young men, and teaching them the responsibilities of being a student-athlete at the collegiate level.�This game and the people associated with it have has made me the person I am today, and I hope to help other young men use lacrosse to reach their fullest potential.

*Jalisa Whitley '11
Major: Public Policy and Sociology
Current Position: Technical Assistance Coordinator at Alliances for Quality Education
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 22

When I came to HWS I planned to be a lawyer. I researched the required courses to be on the pre-law track the summer before my first-year and set up to enroll in the required philosophy classes. To say the least, I hated them. I was panicked because I had wrapped my whole identity around being a lawyer, and now I didn't know what I would do if I didn't even enjoy the first introductory classes. I talked to my first-year advisor and she suggested that I take Introduction to Public Policy and Introduction to Sociology based on the work we had been doing in my "Seeing Whiteness" seminar. I fell in love and started my journey from Marx to Ira Katznelson, studying the intersections between identities such as race, class, and gender and the social policies designed to alleviate social inequality.

I went on to double major in public policy and sociology and double minor in political science and peer education in human relations. All these experiences shaped my desire to work on social policy and fueled my decision to move to Washington, D.C., after graduation.

I currently work at Alliances for Quality Education, a minority woman owned and operated consulting firm that aids government, HBCU, and nonprofit programs and organizations that are working to eliminate health and educational disparities. As a technical assistance coordinator, I provide assistance to state departments of health, hospitals, health centers, VA's, military bases, and medical residency programs as they aim to implement a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration grant including substance abuse screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment programs.

I also have the pleasure of being involved in a great volunteer program. I teach literature on Thursday nights in a college preparatory program called Higher Achievement Program. This program connects middle-school children with older role models who serve in both a mentoring and teaching role to low-income D.C. area students.�

Getting here was hard work. D.C. is a city that's run on young people who largely work for free. This is both a blessing and a curse. It's an empowering experience to be surrounded by people who are young and just as passionate as you, but it also means that�you have to be relentless in your job search and preparation.�To get my foot in the door, I interned during my senior year with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and during the summer after my senior year with the Center for American Progress. There were countless alums, philanthropists, and co-workers that agreed to have informational interviews with me that instilled life long lessons, leads, and encouragement. I couldn't have gotten to this place without their help and the connections and preparation that Career Services, Global Education, and my professors provided during my time at the Colleges.�

In the fall of 2012, I hope to enroll in a Master's in Public Policy program at either American University or the University of Maryland.�

*John Heavey '09
Majors: English/Media and Society
Current Position: MA Candidate in Cinema Studies at NYU
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 25

When I decided to come to Hobart and William Smith, I had nominally bought into the idea of a "small liberal arts school" but didn't really have a full understanding of what that meant-it sounded attractive enough and allowed me to rationalize the fact that I didn't know what I actually wanted. Honestly, what I was looking for from my college experience was some sort of vocational training and preparation for a career, specifically in my case, a career in film. So in each class my first year, I was poised only to absorb those pieces of information that I thought would prepare and guide me to this preconceived notion. However, I quickly found that by taking classes like Latin, Buddhism, Metaphysics, Existentialist Journeys, Sociology of the City and a wide array of literature courses, I couldn't avoid abandoning some pigeonholed idea of future job aspirations, eventually letting go and immersing myself in a more genuine, deeper human education.

Ultimately, as I grew and developed as an individual, my interest in film persisted, and I am currently pursuing it more directly through a master's program in cinema studies at New York University. While this program is based predominately in theory, history and criticism, I have continued to pursue a hands-on education in film production through jobs and internships. As a student, I landed a few production internships (one of which was with two Hobart alums), and then upon graduating, I was offered the opportunity to hone my creative skills at the Hobart and William Smith Communications Office, writing and producing video content for the website. However, it was between this job and graduate school that I got my first real break, working on the set of an Adam Sandler movie filmed on Cape Cod (to be released Summer 2012). There, I worked as a production assistant, and got tremendous, authentic insight into a Hollywood, big-budget set and shoot. While the grunt work and 15-hour-days, six days a week were far from glamorous, it was incredible to be on set everyday, chatting with the writers, directors, producers and actors; not only privy to a major film production, but also contributing to it.

Currently, I am supplementing my graduate education by interning at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and working for an independent production company (Verisimilitude Films). On the one hand, the work at Lincoln Center opens me up to a whole world of cinema of which I was unaware and offers me the chance to see films that should be but are difficult to see, and on the other Verisimilitude gives me the chance to get my hands dirty, reading scripts, developing film ideas and working directly with writers, directors and producers on their projects, as well as having a sounding board for my own writing. Ultimately, it is my intention to produce my own stories, so a background informed both by a more erudite, theoretical understanding of how films are told and imbued with meaning as well as a pragmatic insight into how a film actually gets made, should offer me a fair shot.

In sincerity, I have to credit Hobart and William Smith with getting me to where I am today, as well as wherever I may end up. In addition to the knowledge gained, my experiences with the Hobart rowing team and Kappa Alpha society all contributed to a more mature state of mind and composition of character. In the course of my studies at HWS, I came across the notion of Paideia-the Ancient Greek process of educating students deeply, not training them, but tapping into and developing their very human nature; this truly is the function of the interdisciplinary liberal arts education Hobart and William Smith offers. And moreover, it was very successful in allowing me to shape the way I think about the world, relationships, society and life-the rest is all left to hard work.

*Colleen Richards '11
Major: Individual Major - Sports Business and Society
Current Position: administrator at Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Current City: New York City
Age: 22

I originally wanted to major in economics and go into the finance world, but after a few semesters I found myself struggling with my economics classes and really enjoying my sociology and creative writing classes. I have a passion for sports, so I ended up creating my own major with guidance from William Smith Soccer Coach Aliceann Wilber, Associate Professor Jo Beth Mertens and Professor Jack Harris called Sports Business and Society.

Currently, I'm working full-time at the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). I started as the marketing coordinator for Team Challenge and now I'm the executive associate to the president of CCFA.

I had many internships and shadowing opportunities in the marketing and event planning field during my time at HWS. In 2009, I had an internship at the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation thanks to help from the Career Services Office and Richard Geswell P'10, P'12, the president of CCFA. I really enjoyed working for the foundation and kept in touch with my supervisors. When they informed me there was a job opening, I applied right away. On the last reading day of my senior year, I got a call from Rhondell Domilici, the executive director at the Greater New York Chapter, offering me a job. After six months, and a half-marathon season later, I was offered the opportunity to work directly with Mr. Geswell as his executive associate. I interviewed, accepted the offer, and started off the new year with a new position in the national office of CCFA.

Utilizing Career Services and networking with alums as well as parents of current students certainly helped me get to where I am today. I really stress to my peers to network and do as many internships as possible, whether its summer, winter, or during the school year. The more internships you have, the better perspective you'll get on the field you want to pursue.

In the future, I would like to continue working at CCFA as well as get a master's degree in sports business/management. I hope to someday have a career in sports marketing for a large sports organization or league, or work for a non-profit that is related to sports. I would love to find a way to combine my marketing skills, non-profit experience, and my passion for sports. I feel that will ultimately help me live a fulfilling life.

*Dan Boysen '11
Major: Political Science
Current Position: Finance Assistant
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 22

"Got the job offer, accepted immediately!" is the text message that I sent to Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas after learning that I had landed a job as a finance assistant with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The close relationships I built with Professor Lucas and other professors at HWS have allowed me to use them as career consultants, discussion partners and friends to bounce ideas off of. In a few years, I hope I can send a different text, one that says I'm now a finance director for a Democratic campaign for Congress, and helping usher in a new class of leaders with bold plans for our nation's future.

My path to the DCCC began during my sophomore year when I participated in the HWS Day on the Hill program and networked with the ever-expanding group of alums in the area. Following my sophomore year, I was a finance intern for my local Congressman, John Larson in Connecticut. After graduation, I moved to Washington, D.C., and landed another internship for the political consulting group, The Frost Group. This internship provided me a fantastic opportunity to build my resume and land the contact who recommended me for the job at the DCCC. Without a doubt, my internship was absolutely crucial in getting the position.

I am thankful for the close relationship that I developed with my professors. Professor Lucas was not only the strongest critic of my work but also my biggest supporter while providing invaluable advice and friendship. Professors Paul Passavant, Iva Deutchman and many others all pushed me to hone my critical thinking skills and create forward-thinking solutions. It consistently astounds me how many professors stepped forward to contact their former students and friends, or to take time out of their schedules to provide me with career advice or simply have a lively political discussion over dinner as my time at HWS came to a close.

Whenever I have been asked to describe my path to HWS, I am always hesitant to give the whole description for fear of giving the totally wrong impression. To be honest, when I applied, toured and interviewed at HWS I had no intention of attending because I longed for a larger school environment. However, upon a more thorough review of my college options I decided to make the commitment to HWS, and as cliche as it sounds, I couldn't be happier that I looked past my initial reaction.

*Libby Greene '10
Major: Psychology, Religious Studies, and Women's Studies
Current Position: Master's Candidate at Harvard Divinity School
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 24

As an incoming first-year at HWS, I had plans to study psychology and religion and go directly from my bachelor degree into a Ph.D program in clinical psychology. Over the course of my time as an undergrad, I developed a keen interest in women's studies, and became more interested in the field of religious studies. I traveled to the Dominican Republic in my junior year, a semester abroad that quickly moved me outside of my comfort zone and provided an opportunity to redefine the roles I structured for myself as a human being in this quickly shrinking world. An honors project in my senior year opened my mind and directed my curiosity toward religious ethnography, and I contemplated career paths beyond and outside of psychotherapy.

Away from the academic arena, I kept busy on the Heron soccer team. I grew as a student, an athlete, and a leader alongside my teammates, and as I stretched the limits of what I thought I was capable of, I developed focus, determination, perseverance, vision, and confidence. These characteristics continue to shape the way I engage the world today. I could not have anticipated the ways that being on that team challenged me, and I cannot express the gratitude I feel every day for having had the opportunity to be part of such an excellent program with such an impressive legacy.�I would not change the four years I spent in the Heron uniform for anything.

After graduating from William Smith, I spent a year traveling, coaching soccer, and spending time with family. I coached the William Smith JV soccer team in the fall, and traveled to Au Centre, Haiti, to work with a school through the help of Doug Mockett '63 and Bob O'Connor, vice president for institutional advancement. Most of the year, I spent with family in Atlanta, Ga., and in the spring I flew to Burkina Faso, West Africa, to surprise my girlfriend, Stephanie Czajkowski '08 and propose to her. (She said yes.) In my downtime that year, I applied to divinity schools to study religion. (The schools said yes, too.)

Currently, I'm at Harvard Divinity School studying religion, ethics and politics as a master of theological studies candidate.�The HWS community-the students and faculty who currently occupy the campus as well as the expansive network of families, alumni, and alumnae-have been tremendously supportive.

I'm not yet sure what I'll do when I grow up. Right now I'm thinking about a career in psychotherapy or one in academia.

*Rob Crane '09
Major: Economics
Current Position: Olympic Athlete
Current City: Darien, Conn.
Age: 25

I decided to attend HWS because it met all the criteria I was looking for in a school. First of all, HWS offers an economics major which was what I was interested in academically. Then there was the opportunity that I could both sail and play ice hockey. These three things were high on my priority list, and there were very few schools that had all three. However, just having all three did not immediately seal the deal. What pushed me over the edge was my visit to the school. I visited on a rainy fall day, and despite the gloomy weather, the school had enough charm and sense of community that I decided to apply early decision. Once accepted, I never looked back.�

Upon entering college, I had planned on graduating and pursuing a job in the business world. The path I'm on now is much different than I ever would have imagined. Currently, I'm training to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I will be representing the U.S. in the Laser Class Sailboat.

I decided to pursue an Olympic Campaign in the spring of my senior year. What pushed me in that direction is the simple fact that attempting to compete in the Olympics is an opportunity that few ever get. If I let it pass me by, it had the potential to be a regret for the rest of my life. I wasn't going to let that happen.

My path to the Olympics started a long time ago, even if I didn't realize it. I have been sailing all my life. I sailed as a kid, in college, and then embarked on a full time Olympic campaign after graduating. All of the practice and life experience I garnered along the way contributed to where I am now, and being a part of the sailing team at HWS is a major contributing factor in my recent success.�

In the immediate future, my goal is to win a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. After the Olympics, I see myself setting down a different path. The life of a professional athlete can be amazing, yet at times very difficult. Due to the nature of sailing as an Olympic sport, I spend less than three months at home in a given year. All the traveling is very draining. Additionally, sailing, unlike other mainstream professional sports, is not a financial windfall. Due to the lack of long-term financial viability, remaining in the sport as a lifelong career is not realistic. My hope is to embark on a career in the business world following the 2012 Olympics. I will likely continue to sail for the rest of my life, just not on the full time basis I do now.�

*Sarah Mantell '06
Major: Asian Languages and Cultures
Current Position: Acupuncturist and Owner of AcuHealth of the Finger Lakes
Current City: Geneva, N.Y.
Age: 27

Initially, I thought I wanted to travel and teach for a while before starting graduate school for traditional Chinese medicine. I applied and was accepted into the teaching program, but after taking an introductory religious studies course with Professor Lowell Bloss, I confirmed that my passion was truly in Asian medicine and culture. Thus, I declared my major and developed an independent study at a local acupuncture clinic my sophomore year, spent a semester in India during my junior year, and participated in the Freeman Foundation summer study in China. All of these incredible experiences formed and shaped me as a person, as well as a practitioner of holistic medicine.�

Currently, I'm an acupuncturist. I've been blessed with the opportunity to practice a medicine I love, in the town that I love, surrounded by the people I love. Teaching my community and the surrounding areas about the benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine is a responsibility I do not take lightly. Bringing wellness and awareness to the Finger Lakes is what I strive to do daily.�

I tried planning my path, but the universe shoved me in the direction it intended. After visiting and applying to graduate schools up and down both coasts, I landed in our back yard at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. It opened its doors shortly before I graduated from HWS, bringing with it some of the most phenomenal practitioners in the field. This three-year program allowed me a second opportunity to travel to China to study at a teaching hospital in Hang Zhou. I graduated in 2009 and started my private practice, AcuHealth of the Finger Lakes, shortly thereafter.�

The interdisciplinary approach to education at HWS has been instrumental in managing each and every facet of running a business. From managing the books and billing, to writing articles and developing presentations, I'm reminded daily how grateful I am for the flexibility, ingenuity and passion I acquired through my education from such dedicated professors. �

In the future, I hope to further grow and share my practice, continue my education, travel, be happy and be healthy.

*Trevor Moore '07
Major: Architecture
Current Position: Olympic Athlete
Current City: Naples, Fla.
Age: 27

Entering college I had two goals; one involved narrowing down, and pursuing my intended major, which was civil engineering. As many young people quickly realize, plans and interests change. The benefit of attending a liberal arts college was that I quickly found myself pursuing architecture with a double minor in environmental studies and geoscience.

My second goal, which fortunately didn't change, was to be a member of the HWS sailing team. I wanted to follow in my brother's footsteps, win a national championship, and be named the college sailor of the year.

It was through an enormous amount of hard work and team commitment that our sailing team won the 2005 Team Race and Coed Dinghy National Championships, and had three more top-three finishes in the years to follow. To culminate four years of school and sailing, I graduated with a degree in architecture, won the Everett B. Morris Trophy as the College Sailor of the Year, and was co-recipient of the "Babe" Kraus Award as Hobart's Senior Athlete of the Year.

Currently, I'm training for the 2012 Summer Olympics. I'll be competing in the sport of sailing, class 49er. To be chosen to represent the USA on the 2012 Olympic Team, it took an enormous amount of drive, dedication, determination, and desire. Ultimately, it started with a dream.

The biggest resources HWS offered me were the experiences I gained with the sailing team, and the knowledge that coach Scott Ikle passed on to me. Also, the Napier Leadership seminars that Director of Hobart Athletics Mike Hanna '68 organized were priceless.

Looking forward, now that Erik Storck and I have made the Olympic team, our plans are to bring home an Olympic Medal in the 2012 games. Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what I will be doing after the games, as I think this moment will be a life-altering event. I hope this experience will open up a variety of doors for me. As such, I can't say for certain what I will be doing, but perhaps I will find myself doing one more Olympic campaign, or looking into boat or sail design.�I feel the options are endless and will decide on the best option when the games are through.

*Kelsey Bair '11
Majors: Political Science and American Studies
Current Position: Assistant Account Executive, Ogilvy PR
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 23

Since studying the presidents in elementary school, I've known that I wanted to live in Washington, D.C. and work for Ogilvy Public Relations. I've always loved the corporate culture and reputation of the agency and knew that I would thrive in that environment.

Although it may seem like a roundabout journey, choosing to attend HWS was my first stop down the road to living and working in Washington, D.C. I wanted to go to a liberal arts school where I had the freedom to explore different disciplines and stray from the typical political path. I fell in love with the history and traditions of the Colleges and being on a gorgeous lake didn't hurt either. I applied early decision and never looked back!

I caught "Potomac Fever" while attending the HWS Day on the Hill led by professors DeWayne Lucas and Iva Deutchman. Getting to experience the city for even that brief period and listening to the alums had me hooked, and I did everything I could to secure an internship in D.C. for that summer. I ended up working first at a policy consulting firm and then for a lobbying group the following year.

Today, I am proudly living in Washington, D.C. and working for Ogilvy PR, and my experiences at HWS gave me the tools to make it happen. I am able to translate the themes of the interdisciplinary curriculum, see things from multiple perspectives and utilize the time management skills I learned at HWS to the client work I do at Ogilvy.

I want to encourage all students to take advantage of everything The Colleges have to offer as they create their own road map.

*Nick Wallas '08
Major: Russian History and Society and Environmental Studies<br>Current Position: Healthy Convenience Store Initiative Coordinator, Capital District Community Gardens<br>Current City: Troy, N.Y.<br>Age: 25
When I started college my only plans were to meet new people, build experience and learn interesting things. My time at Hobart William Smith Colleges gave me the ability to pursue my own interests with curiosity and intellectual rigor, which eventually turned out to be food and agriculture. Although farming classes were not offered by HWS, my advisors, Suzanne McNally and Eugen Baer encouraged me to frame these topics in light of the classes I was taking in Russian history and environmental studies, such as "Food Systems in History." With this liberal arts education, I felt well equipped to pursue my interest in and passion for food, and for this I am indebted to HWS. �
After graduation I went to work on an eight-acre, organic produce farm in southeastern Vermont. It was there that I learned the true power of food; how a single meal can bring people together, how good food can be, and how a healthy diet and lifestyle can improve every facet of your life. It disturbed me that, nearby, there were low-income residents who could not access or afford the organic crops we produced. My friend, Christine Moskell '08, suggested I apply for Capital District Community Gardens' Veggie Mobile AmeriCorps VISTA position.
CDCG is a 36-year-old non-profit that nourishes healthy communities throughout New York's Capital Region with 48 community gardens and six other programs designed to improve public health and increase access to fresh, affordable food. CDCG's Veggie Mobile is a produce aisle on wheels that delivers fresh fruit and vegetables, at wholesale cost, to low-income housing facilities, senior and day care centers in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties. When my one-year VISTA service came to an end I was certain that I wanted to continue to work with CDCG to find innovative ways of increasing fresh food access in the community that I had come to call home. I happily accepted a full-time position as CDCG's Healthy Convenience Store Initiative Coordinator.
In my current position I helped build, from the ground up, The Healthy Convenience Store Initiative, a program that gives fresh produce a 24-hour presence in urban convenience stores, which are located in neighborhoods classified as 'food deserts,' or areas with limited access to fresh food. I am responsible for establishing service, making two produce deliveries per week to each store, designing customized refrigeration units and marketing materials, supervising interns and managing all of the program's administrative tasks.
For now, I plan on staying in Troy and working to expand The HCSI. I hope to offer more local produce variety in the future and am working with CDCG's Produce Project, a youth operated urban farm, to make this goal a reality. Since culinary skill goes hand in hand with a nutritious lifestyle I am looking forward to hosting cooking demonstrations for convenience store patrons. I find my work with CDCG important and fulfilling, and though at some point I would like to travel and eventually operate my own small farm, I'm happy with where I am and what I'm doing. When you love what you do, there's no rush.

*Laura Burnett-Kurie '08
Major: Psychology
Current Position: Women's Soccer Head Coach at Gustavus Adolphus College
Current City: St. Peter, Minn.
Age: 25

Before going to college I was interested in becoming a child life specialist, someone who works with children with chronic illnesses to ensure they keep up with their education and socialization during extended stays in a hospital. William Smith was a great fit for me as I could major in psychology, double minor in education and child advocacy, and receive my dual New York State teaching certification in elementary and special education, all while playing soccer at a very high level. However, being a collegiate soccer coach was always my "dream" job, especially after I had the chance to attend the NCAA Leadership Convention my during my sophomore year at William Smith. I never considered the possibility of fulfilling that dream until the spring of my senior year, when my mentor and coach, Aliceann Wilber, inspired me to start applying for collegiate coaching positions.�

Thankfully, I was offered the assistant women's coaching position at Gettysburg College.�Once I was in the field of coaching, I knew it was a place I wanted to stay.�

It was at Gettysburg where I gained experience with on-field coaching, recruiting, leadership development and working as a strength and conditioning coach. After two years, I knew it was time for me to go back to school to get my master's degree.�I ended up accepting the graduate assistant position as the assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Redlands. This was a great opportunity for me as I was able to coach at a top Division III school for women's soccer while also being enrolled as a full-time master's student.�After I finished my second season at Redlands this past fall, I knew I was ready to build my own program and become a head coach.�Thus, I started to look into NCAA Division III head coaching positions.

I have recently accepted the women's soccer head coaching position at Gustavus Adolphus College.�I feel Gustavus is a great fit for me as it is a small, liberal arts institution with Division III athletic programs and is very similar to all three of the institutions I have worked at or attended.

During my time as an assistant coach and working my way up the ranks of collegiate coaching, I have the opportunity to help student-athletes reach their full potential not only on the soccer field, but also in the classroom and all areas of their lives.�I have also learned, and am still learning, an astronomical amount from Coach Aliceann Wilber who is always there to help guide me.�Aliceann has been a huge part of my success.�Not only did she increase my understanding of soccer while I was at William Smith, but she has also showed me the amount of work, self-discipline and motivation needed to succeed in this field. Her support for me has continued post-college and has really helped me get to where I am today.�Four years after graduating, I can still call her up to ask advice about anything in my life and it takes a special individual to be there for so many of her soccer alums.

Also, at every institution I have worked at someone has spoken highly of a coach, administrator or faculty member at William Smith.�Having those connections helps when you are looking to move up the ladder.�

*Jonathan Bernbaum '10
Major: English
Current Position: International Inside Sales, EMEA at GoPro
Current City: San Francisco, Calif.
Age: 24

Arriving at Hobart in 2007 as a lifelong racer, I was driven by my passion for the sport of sailing. After a strong freshman year on the water and a bumpy road off it, I made the difficult decision to leave the HWS sailing team.

When this decision was made I had no clue what my future had in store. I matured in a family-owned backpack and luggage business, and if sailing wasn't going to provide the foundation for my career out of college, I wanted to pursue my own interest in the action sports and outdoor industries.

I currently work at GoPro; the manufacturer of the world's most versatile HD camera. I am one of the four members of the International Sales Team and focus on sales and logistics for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Besides the day-to-day interactions with more than 40 distributors, this position has provided an amazing opportunity to travel and learn from a wide range of partners and cultures.

GoPro has also provided me with the opportunity to stay in touch with my love for the sport of sailing. This has included spending days on the water with teams in the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, and the Extreme Sailing Series.

In hindsight, the road to GoPro seems almost simple (at the time it was anything but!). I had been applying for positions with numerous competitors of my family's backpack business, High Sierra. It didn't take long to realize this "conflict of interest" would prohibit my opportunities and I would need to look elsewhere.

While at the Sports Industry Association show in Denver in February of 2011, I introduced myself to the first company on my list, GoPro. After an impromptu meet and greet at the GoPro booth and an interview at the company's headquarters, I began my career with the fastest growing camera company in the world.

The intimate classroom and social environments I experienced during my four years at Hobart and William Smith taught me volumes about building and managing relationships. A handshake and a conversation can often be all you need to open the door that changes your life. This is a lesson that extends far beyond the classroom walls at Hobart and William Smith and my biggest thanks go to the experiences shared with professors like Laurence Erussard and my friends for nurturing this important skillset.

Looking forward, my plan is to ride the GoPro rocket for as long as possible. Whatever it is, my short time here has been amazing. It is challenging and evolving everyday. I love it! I look forward to the next chapters with the company and thank my time at HWS for providing a solid foundation for the future.

*Jaeger Kovich '09
Major: Architecture
Current Position: Golf Course Builder
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 25

Entering Hobart, I wanted to pursue economics and did for most of my first year, but quickly realized that working on problem sets wasn't for me. I always had a talent for the visual arts and liked to be creative, so I decided to combine those interests and began my studies in architecture. During my junior year, I was able to spend the term in Boston as an intern at Mungeam Cornish Golf Design. By the end of my first day working in the golf course business, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.�

After my internship in Boston, I have been in non-stop pursuit of my dream to travel the world designing and playing the best golf courses. I spent that summer at a top-100 course in Scarsdale, N.Y., caddying, working with the grounds crew and in the pro-shop. Once back on campus, every art project I did was inspired by golf. At the same time, Associate Hobart Dean Chip Capraro was offering a Readers College on golf course architecture, which I joined as a TA, and turned into an independent study by writing a thesis on the golden age golf architect A.W. Tillinghast.�

Upon graduation, I learned that due to the turn in the economy, the internship program with Renaissance Golf Design that I had been invited to participate in was not going to take place. So back to Scardale I went as a full-time caddy at Quaker Ridge. That summer, I launched a massive letter-writing campaign to every golf architect, contractor, and course superintendent I could think of, looking for my next opportunity. I got a few offers but nothing that showed any real promise, so the next winter I�began to teach myself Mandarin and�enrolled in heavy equipment operator school where I learned how to run all the machines that build golf courses, with the goal of joining the golf boom in China. Within two weeks of finishing equipment school, I took a job with a golf course contractor in New Jersey. I spent the next two years working in the dirt and trenches, renovating golf courses in the New York Metro area. Never giving up on my letter writing campaign or Chinese, the call finally came from Renaissance Golf Design.

Since Christmas Day 2011, I have been working for Renaissance Golf Design and my first project was to be a part of the design team for our 2016 Rio Brazil Olympic Golf Course design contest. While it was a great experience to work on plans in the office, my real job for Renaissance takes place in the field. In just a few weeks I will be on my way to Hainan, China, where I will help build our first two golf courses in Asia.

My goals for the future are pretty simple. I plan to continue building golf courses, learning the process, and writing about golf course education on my websites. I will also keep traveling the world, studying courses and architects, to refine my thoughts and theories on what makes golf courses fun and interesting.�

*Sophie Dennis '07
Individual Major: Sports in Society
Current Position: William Smith Field Hockey Assistant Coach
Current city: Geneva, N.Y.
Age: 26

I entered William Smith in the fall of 2003 wanting to major in economics, but not really knowing exactly what I wanted to do post-graduation. I fell upon the individual major program and translated my passion for sport to create my major, "Sports in Society" with Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens. From there, I knew that I wanted to pursue athletic administration.

After an internship with a minor league baseball team during the summer of my junior year, I realized that it wasn't the business of professional sports, but the opportunities in intercollegiate athletics that interests me. However, I didn't think coaching was something I wanted to do. But in the fall of my senior year, I decided to give coaching a try. I went on to get a master's degree in sport management from Ithaca College, while serving as a graduate assistant coach for Ithaca's field hockey team.

I am currently the assistant field hockey coach and coordinator of student-athlete wellness at William Smith. In the four years I've been back, what I enjoy most about working with our student-athletes is watching them reach their goals in the classroom and on the field as they develop into mature young women. In my role as the coordinator of student-athlete wellness, I am responsible for implementing our Peak Performance Plan, a leadership and life skills development program.

Having the opportunity to be part of the tradition and success of William Smith Athletics and working with Head Field Hockey Coach Sally Scatton, and all of our amazing coaches, inspires me every day. The coaches in our department are wonderful mentors who I know will be great resources throughout my future.

Looking forward, I am interested in pursuing the administration side of collegiate athletics as an athletic director, or as an administrator in a conference office.

*Michael Barlow '11
Major: Economics
Current Position: Credit Analyst at J.P. Morgan
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 23

I remember my first visit to HWS like it was yesterday. I had received a letter from former Hobart basketball coach Izzi Metz '98, saying he was interested in me coming to be a part of the program. On my visit, I was not only shown the campus, played pick-up with the team, but also had a chance to sit and meet with Bob Murphy in the career services office. I remember thinking to myself, "HWS won't only dedicate itself to my development while I am on campus, but also my development after I leave campus." This level of commitment transcended anything I found at the other colleges and universities where I had applied. Couple all this with a merit-based scholarship and HWS couldn't have been an easier choice.

Things happened fast my first year. While continuing to live my dream on the basketball court, I was fascinated to find that everything in the classroom was so interconnected - or in HWS-lingo, 'interdisciplinary.' I loved my poetry class in my first semester, and discovered that such intimate expressions were rooted in history. So I tried my hand at history - only to realize that the foundations of civilized history are rooted in political science. When turning my attention to political science I discovered it might as well be called economics. Economics turned out to be nothing but a form of philosophy. Philosophy soon became a form of expression, as similar to the art of poetry as it was economics in my mind, and then it hit me. I had gone full circle. Only at HWS could I tie my self-reflective anthology from creative writing into my econometrics final project on regression analysis.�All the while playing the sport I loved. Leaving campus felt unnatural. But�career services was there to help with that.�

The network of alums who maintain a relationship with career services is outstanding and unparalleled. Through this network, I was able to meet alums at J.P. Morgan's corporate headquarters in Manhattan and land a summer internship in investment banking. I was fortunate to get a full-time offer from the firm after my summer internship and went into my senior year with a job offer under my belt.�

In my position as a credit analyst, I manage the credit risk exposures within J.P. Morgan's Investment Bank. I do this through�in-depth client due diligence in the form of live transaction packages and portfolio reviews. The work is demanding and my learning curve remains vertical one year into the job. The firm has also provided me a foundation to carry on the ethos of community engagement instilled by HWS. Through Chase Community Giving, J.P. Morgan Good Works, and most recently NYC's Student Sponsor Partners, I have been able to give back to the community.

I am just finishing my first year at my first job, and am in no way sure where I will be in five years. Maybe I'll remain in the fast-paced lifestyle of corporate America. Maybe I'll find myself an employee of a non-profit. Perhaps I'll be living the challenging but rewarding life of an entrepreneur. Wherever I land, I have no doubt I will be employing the interdisciplinary skills I acquired at HWS.

*Rachel Sumner '08
Major: Psychology
Current Position: Ph.D Candidate, Human Development at Cornell University
Current City: Ithaca, N.Y.
Age: 26

My plans when I arrived at HWS were vague ("help people"), but they became clearer after I joined�America Reads as a tutor during my first semester. Katie Flowers, the director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, believed in my skills as a leader, and eventually I was coordinating the America Reads sessions for one group of students and tutors, then the 100 or so tutors. Wanting to maximize the effectiveness of our tutoring program, I started a campus chapter of First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides books to low-income children. We distributed thousands of books to children in the Geneva community during the next three years, and it was awesome. I also did a summer internship at First Book's headquarters in Washington, D.C., an experience that taught me about service on a national scale.�

I spent my first three years at HWS thinking that I'd pursue a career in the nonprofit sector, but as a senior psychology major, I decided to do an honors project and conduct independent research. Suddenly a career as a researcher seemed appealing, and I realized that I could achieve my goal of helping people by conducting research in psychology.�

I'm currently a second-year graduate student, working on my Ph.D in Human Development at Cornell University, and I was recently awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

To get where I am today,�I spent two years working as a research assistant. The study I worked on tested a social psychological intervention as a tool in reducing the racial achievement gap in middle school. When I was hired, they said that they'd seen many applicants with a strong background in psychology, but my application was unique because of my extensive experience in schools. My record of service at HWS was also a key part of my successful NSF fellowship application. As a student at HWS, I took advantage of the service opportunities because it was rewarding and fun; I never expected that those experiences would prove to be so valuable after graduation.

When I started applying to graduate schools, Assistant Professor Julie Kingery was a wonderful resource. As someone whose enthusiasm for psychology is matched only by her kindness, she helped me think about what I wanted in a graduate program and what steps I'd need to take to get there.

Now that I'm in a graduate program, I'm conducting research aimed at improving academic contexts and experiences for stigmatized populations. In the future, I plan to become a professor so that I can share my enthusiasm for psychology and research with students.�

*Caleb Campbell '11
Majors: Political Science and Public Policy
Current Position: Field Organizer for Obama Campaign
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 22

After graduation, I moved to D.C. with four of my best friends from college, and got an internship at the Center for American Progress, thanks to several alums from HWS. I then went to work at a polling firm alongside a William Smith classmate of mine, and stayed there for a few months. But at the beginning of March, I got the call to serve President Barack Obama and work on his reelection campaign in Florida, so I am now working as a field organizer and have never felt more in my element. Every day I have the luxury of travelling around Florida and talking to people, sometimes in a one-on-one setting and sometimes in front of large groups, and telling them why I support the President, and why it's important to vote in the upcoming election.

Of course, I wouldn't be here, or be good at my job, without the constant support of my friends that I made at HWS, and the never ending advice I receive from my advisers— Professor DeWayne Lucas in the Political Science department and Professor Rimmerman in the Public Policy department. Every day I pull something from a lecture or a paper or something that I did with them, and all my professors at HWS for that matter, and I can't thank them enough.

When I entered Hobart, I knew I was going to be a political science major; I was that token kid who wanted to major in political science and then go to law school, but my path took a bit of a turn when I took Professor Craig Rimmerman's Democracy and Public Policy course the first semester of my first year. I love to talk, and I love to talk about politics, but what I didn't know was that I loved to talk about policy and how it has developed over the span of the past several decades. Thanks to his undying commitment to his students, Professor Rimmerman took me under his wing, and next thing I knew I was a double major in political science and public policy.

Perhaps the one thing about HWS that I value more than any other, is that no decision I ever had to make was one I made alone. I would normally say that I was fortunate, but it wasn't luck, it was the environment that the faculty and staff work so tirelessly to create that made my four years at HWS so amazing. I was surrounded by more than just professors and students, I was surrounded by a community of people that shared my values, but also challenged me to ends I couldn't possibly prepare for. People knew me for more than just a name; they knew what I liked and didn't like, what I was good at and what I struggled with, and most importantly they all were personally invested in my education, and wanted to see me succeed.

As for the future, unless Hogwarts really does exist, or I have the opportunity to go fight 23 other randomly selected young adults in a controlled arena to the death, my road to the White House continues! Since the third grade I have known that I am going to run for President someday. Vote Campbell!

*Minerva Muzquiz '07
Major: Women's Studies and Sociology
Current Position:�Executive Assistant to the Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School
Current Town: New York, N.Y.
Age: 27

When I arrived at HWS in 2003, I was determined to be a scholar, an athlete and a musician. I was drawn to HWS for its wealth of opportunities and its closely-knit community of students and professors. By my sophomore year, I was on the field hockey team that made it to the Division III NCAA Tournament semifinal round. In my junior year, I studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, and later helped organize a statewide women's conference on campus. My four years at HWS allowed me to pursue my goals while also helping to identify new ones.

This past year, I completed a master's degree at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy—a division of The New School in New York City. At Milano (much like at HWS), there is an emphasis on social justice and an overall philosophy of not accepting the status quo. I've devoted a large share of my graduate studies to various client and community engagement projects. Urban poverty issues, gender issues, and community development issues have always been key interests of mine.

I started at the Milano School with a work-study position that has led to recently being hired as executive assistant to the Dean. In this position, I have gained valuable experience dealing with matters of administration while acquiring perspectives on complex issues pertaining to higher education policies.

Before coming to New York City, I worked at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y. My experience there helped me to qualify for a job in the archives of the New York Philharmonic, where I assisted in digitally preserving, and posting online, Leonard Bernstein's personal collection of scores, letters and recordings. Working at the New York Philharmonic was, as anyone can imagine, a very special and memorable honor.

For fun and recreation, I play regularly on a women's Ultimate Frisbee team, which this year got to compete in the national championship tournament in Sarasota, Fla. This fast-growing sport has taken me around the world, but nevertheless, I miss the days of playing Frisbee on the Quad at HWS.

I'll never forget my great HWS colleagues and fantastic professors. They continue to be invaluable resources for me after leaving Geneva. I am proud to come from such a beautiful campus at the top of Seneca Lake with such a strong community of passionate and dedicated individuals.

*Mike Ellis '10
Majors: Biology and Environmental Studies
Current Position: Resident Biologist with Third Millennium Alliance
Current Location: Reserva Ecologica Jama-Coaque, Provincia de Manabi, Ecuador
Age: 23

Coming into HWS, I knew that I wanted to study biology and that I liked the idea of someday playing a role in the conservation of our environment, but I didn't really have much more direction than that. I didn't realize it at the time, but it was my first year seminar, "Bird Obsessions" with Associate Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander, that had the greatest impact on me. Before that class, I had never given birds a second thought, and I definitely never anticipated that one class about them would lay the groundwork for my current path in life, but here I am, studying birds in one of the most amazing places on earth!

After my first year at HWS, I more or less put my young interest in birds on the back-burner, finding new passions and expanding existing ones in restoration and conservation, evolution, sustainability, science education and environmental ethics, never really pausing to realize that these were all pieces of a larger puzzle. I also started to get involved in the research world, mostly through the Colleges' Summer Science internships, working on projects centered on everything from bush berries to plankton to the control of invasive aquatic plants. Throughout all of this, though, my interest in birds remained, and even grew slowly and quietly.

In my junior year, I got the opportunity to study abroad in Ecuador and Peru with Professor of Biology Beth Newell and Professor of Economics Scott McKinney. This was a life-changer. I fell in love with the tropics, their beauty, their cultures, and their diversity of habitats and organisms. Thanks to HWS, I've since had many more opportunities to pursue these passions. Through an internship with Associate Professor of Education Jim MaKinster and Crossing Boundaries, I twice traveled to the Kenyan highlands to study conservation in the region and the impacts of livestock management on wildlife. Then, soon after graduating, I received an email from Professor Newell regarding a position as Resident Naturalist at a tourist lodge in the Amazon of Peru. I applied, was accepted, and happily returned to the country where I would monitor Giant River Otters, Black Caiman, and parrots and macaws, among other things. Of course, everywhere I went, I did a little more birding, and the amazing avifauna of the tropics repeatedly blew me away.

I'm certain that without any one of these experiences I wouldn't be where I am today, but I absolutely would not be here if it weren't for one last email, this time from Susan Cushman, the director of biology laboratories, who told me about an internship opportunity with an ecological reserve in Western Ecuador. Though I had applied and was soon accepted to grad school for secondary science education, I decided that my heart belonged to the equator, and I headed back down to 0� latitude. My position as an intern at the Jama-Coaque reserve soon evolved into something more, due in no small part to my education at HWS, my resulting passion for birds, and the fact that my professors at HWS have always seemed to know me better than I know myself!

Now, I'm a resident biologist with Third Millennium Alliance, which owns and operates the Jama-Coaque reserve, and I'm investigating several aspects of avian community ecology vital to the conservation of birds in the Pacific Equatorial Forests—some of the world's most critically threatened habitats. (Check them out at www.3malliance.org). After just a few months of work, I've already made several exciting discoveries, including eight range extensions for birds that nobody knew were present in the area and the documentation of 11 at-risk and near-threatened species—one of the highest densities of these birds in the country, which has more than twice as many bird species as the U.S. despite the fact that Ecuador is 35 times smaller!

Though I can't be too sure where I'll be or what I'll be up to down the road (especially since South America has gone a long way toward teaching me to live life in the present), I'm hoping to use the data that I collect from my time here in Ecuador as a master's or doctoral thesis in ornithology or conservation. After that, well, wherever I end up, I'd be surprised if it doesn't involve conservation and birds!

*Nikki Wilbur '04
Majors: Economics and Dance
Current Position: Event Planner
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 30

I graduated from a performing arts high school in Virginia with absolutely no idea what I wanted out of college or life. My decision to not pursue dancing professionally fundamentally altered any plan I had for myself. All I knew was that I wanted a college education. I fell in love with HWS on my first visit. I loved the campus, the size of the classes and was impressed with the diverse opportunities that existed within the curriculum. I began taking general intro classes and quickly took to economics. I knew it would be a solid degree that could provide a great foundation for any career path I chose. Since I continued to take dance classes each semester, a double major in dance seemed to be a logical step.

Through these two disciplines, I began to plan my life course. The summer of my junior year, I did an internship at a small brokerage firm in Boston and loved the challenge and quick pace it required. I decided then that I would move to Boston after graduation and work for a financial services company. Two years after graduation, I had been working as a fund accountant and was completely bored and uninspired. Fortunately, my company was in the process of being bought out and I was being laid off. This time of transition gave me the unique opportunity to reevaluate what I wanted for a career. After some research and thought, I decided event planning had the distinct possibility of fulfilling my needs. It was creative yet relied on the fundamental elements my economics degree had provided.

Currently, I am the in-house event planner for the private economic, financial and business strategy consulting firm, Analysis Group. I plan and manage our Partner meetings and retreats and all of the Boston office's events, such as cocktail parties, case dinners, orientations, summer and holiday parties and various other events over the course of the year.

To get to this position, I have worked in various event planning roles – in alumni relations for a university, in marketing and events for a corporate law firm, as an operations manager for an independent event company and planning conferences for an independent broker dealer. I also have been involved with the HWS Club of Boston since I first moved to Boston. Recently, I took over as co-chair for the club and work closely with the HWS Alumni Office planning all of our local alumni events.

By maintaining a close relationship with Alumni Office and Career Services at the Colleges, I have been able to connect with other area alums that work in the same industry. Often times, if I am able, I try to work with companies or venues that have an affiliation with HWS alums. It is through these connections that I have been able to get to where I am today.

I have been fortunate enough to find a company that is generous, supportive and trusting of my experience to do my job. I look forward to all of the opportunities that lie ahead and know I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for the education and support I've received from HWS.

*Toby Lowe '10
Majors: English and Russian Area Studies
Current Position: Teacher and MAT Candidate, The Arbor School
Current City: Portland, Ore.
Age: 23

My plans upon arriving at HWS were to take classes that I thought might be engaging or interesting and go from there. Four years later, I managed to escape with a major in English and Russian area studies, and a deeper interest in the art of teaching. I was content to take the work my professors did for granted for the first three years of my undergraduate career, but during my senior year I became more interested in what life was like on the other side. I was fortunate enough that two professors new to HWS, Professor Jim Capreedy of the Classics department and Professor Eric Bulson of the English department, were willing to entertain my many questions. While I had always known and appreciated the work my professors did, I never realized just how much they did, or how complicated their jobs really were. As far as I was concerned, the only thing you needed to do to be able to teach was have a mastery over your subject and some willing students. It dawned on me, after a few classes filled with uninterested students, that learning subject matter was probably the easiest part of teaching.

In the spring months of my senior year, I began to look around for a program that might sate my curiosity about teaching, and was lucky enough to find the Arbor Center for Teaching, which had slots open for its 2010-2012 cohort. After a frenzied week of preparing the essays and creative portfolio required for the application, I sent it in and hoped for the best. Emails and interviews followed, and in May I was fortunate enough to learn I had been accepted. In August of 2010, I drove out to Portland, Oregon, to begin the next step in my education.

The Arbor Center for Teaching is a subset of the Arbor School for Arts and Sciences, which is a small independent K-8 school located near Portland, Oregon. The program cooperates with Marylhurst University and students who complete the program will receive Oregon licensure, a MAT, and two years of full time teaching experience in the classroom. I have just about a month left in my tenure at Arbor, and it has been an amazing experience. I team-teach a mixed age K-1 classroom with a lead teacher and I am also a full time student pursuing a master's in teaching. In addition to the rigors of spending nine to 10 hours a day in the classroom teaching and prepping, I'm also currently writing my thesis, which is about developing a system of assessment for K-1 mathematics which will support differentiation in my teaching practice.

I think it is a tribute to the liberal arts education that HWS espouses that I ever made it into teaching at all. Who could have known that I would find the inspiration to teach while taking a class about Ancient Greek comedies?
As for the rest of my life, it's a good bet it will be spent teaching, though I will need to complete the business of finding a teaching position first. I'm casting my net wide, from public schools in the Portland area to independent schools in St. Louis. I'm confident that the skills I learned at HWS and the Arbor Center for Teaching have prepared me to face any challenge and excel in any situation. For any students interested in applying to the ACT, you'll have to wait for the 2014-2016 cohort, but I recommend it. It is an intensive program, but the experience it grants is invaluable to anyone interested in teaching.

*Emily Anatole '11
Majors: Media and Society and Writing and Rhetoric
Current Position: Research Associate/Associate Editor at Ypulse
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 22

The ability to take classes in different disciplines is what first drew me to HWS. I knew I wanted a liberal arts education where I could explore a number of subjects and where my interests could evolve. After sampling classes across many departments during my freshman year, I realized that writing is what connected them all and inspired me, so I decided to become a writing and rhetoric major and to also pursue my passion for film through media and society.

I soon realized I wanted a career involving both writing and media, but I wasn't sure what this would entail. I then became very involved in HWS during my four years to help me figure it out. During this time, I worked as Professor Lester Friedman's assistant for several semesters and became actively involved in the media and society department, assisted students as a Writing Colleague, completed an Honors project in entertainment journalism with Cheryl Forbes, and spent my summers interning in fashion, entertainment, print, and online media. The combination of these experiences, coupled with my coursework, led me to several freelance gigs my senior year, which ultimately made me realize how passionate I am about online journalism, marketing, and trends. One of these freelance positions was at Ypulse — a youth media, marketing, and research company, and I was offered a job there two days before graduation.

Currently I work as a research associate/associate editor at Ypulse, where I help clients better understand the Millennial market through research, and assist them in targeting this age group. This means writing engaging and interactive online surveys and activities to understand youths' interests and habits, managing the clients' day to day needs, analyzing data from the surveys we conduct, and developing creative reports based on our findings. I work on the Macy's account, however, since Ypulse is such a small, collaborative company, I am involved in projects for numerous youth brands including MTV, Barnes and Noble, and Teach For America.

The other side of my job is in editorial; I work directly with the editor-in-chief to write the daily newsletter and original content, co-run our social media channels, as well as manage student freelance bloggers, and conduct interviews. Essentially I am able to write about media, which is a perfect fit for me given that I majored in these two subjects.

I realize my experience is quite unique and I am extremely lucky to have landed a job that fits my interests so well. A year in, it's still surreal to me, but one of the coolest parts of my job is that it builds on every class I have taken at HWS, and allows me to apply my background to the real world. From courses such as Writing Colleagues Seminar (I now manage student writers and edit their work) and Online Journalism (I report on youth news and trends) to Cultures of Advertising (I analyze ads and marketing campaigns every day), and Adolescent Literature (I stay up to speed reading and reviewing young adult novels), HWS couldn't have prepared me more for my current role and for what lies ahead, whatever that may be.

*Joe McDonald '07
Major: Comparative Literature
Current Position: Consultant at CampMinder
Current City: Boulder, Colo.
Age: 27

When I arrived at HWS in the fall of 2003 for Orientation, it was the first time I actually set foot on campus. I came sight-unseen from Colorado, and my parents, although supportive, thought I was crazy. My plans going into college weren't definite. Growing up, I had a broad variety of interests, including baseball, wrestling, student government, skiing and theater.

When I applied to HWS, it was during the “Are you a Fox or a Hedgehog” admissions marketing campaign (anyone else remember that?). I don't recall if I was a “fox” or a “hedgehog,” but I do remember that one of them “knows many things,” and this was me.

My broad array of interests gave me a great start at HWS, since I was able to try a lot of different courses of study early on. Ultimately, I whittled it down and realized my true interests were writing and literature, which is what I eventually studied-though it took a few late nights studying for economics tests to figure that out!

However, it was some of those classes that didn't directly relate to my major that really rounded out my experience at HWS – and finally, my resume – when it came time to find a job.

Right now, I'm working as a consultant at CampMinder in Boulder, Colo., that provides web-based business management systems to summer camps. We're still a small company so I get to wear a lot of hats. Much of my day consists of speaking with clients about how to implement best practices in summer camp management. In addition, I research different avenues for revenue and growth, which is really fun as well. Growing up, I never attended summer camp, but after working at CampMinder, I've seen how much kids can learn and grow from the experience. This is incredibly fulfilling to me.

After receiving my diploma, I moved to Boston where I worked in human resources for Wayfair.com (formerly CSN Stores), an online retailer. During my time there, I witnessed their meteoric growth and was a key member in opening offices abroad in Ireland, England, and Germany. After about two years, I landed in Seattle for nearly a year, and when I realized I'd had my fill of Seattle's weather, I decided to look around for a new opportunity. When CampMinder came knocking, I couldn't resist the opportunity to move back to Colorado. After meeting with my soon-to-be co-workers, I knew I had found a place that I could call home. I love my job, and I couldn't be happier.

Throughout my entire post-HWS career, my friends from HWS have been incredible resources and supporters as I crisscrossed the country. They're never more than a phone call away – and in the case of Jamey Mulligan '07, just a quick bike ride away – whenever I need advice or someone to bounce ideas off of.

I love where I am right now. I'd like to see CampMinder continue to grow as a company, and I see myself having an integral role in that growth. I plan on staying in Colorado and continuing to write in my free time. When I'm not working, you'll find me skiing in the winter and fly-fishing in the summer. And if I can fit in another 30-plus days of skiing this coming winter, well, I'll be okay with that, too. My education at Hobart cemented my sense of adventure and need to try new things, and I can't wait to get back to campus for a visit!

*Sarah Cummings '11
Major: China in the Global Economy
Current Position: Assistant Property Manager, The Bozzuto Group
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 22

I remember very clearly the day I was accepted to HWS and I was very excited and nervous for orientation. I was looking forward to continuing to study Chinese and excited at the prospect of spending a semester abroad. On the first day of my first year seminar, "Why Aren't All Countries Rich," I knew that I wanted to pursue an individual major after an upperclassman came to speak about studying both Chinese and economics and how he had created his individual major.

Currently, I am working in Washington, D.C., for Bozzuto Management, one of the six companies under The Bozzuto Group. I was recently promoted to assistant property manager at 909 at Capital Yards, a luxury residential property located by the Nationals' stadium. I am very excited for the challenge of this position, as I will be transitioning from a sales position to a management position. There is a great deal of residential development occurring in D.C. and it's great to experience that growth firsthand. I was always fascinated with real estate and development, and although the courses I took focused on development on a global scale, I was very interested in the prospect of working in real estate in a dynamic city like D.C.

I wouldn't have known about many of the opportunities and internships I've had without the assistance of the Salisbury Center for Career Services. Whether it's been interning at Bloomberg in New York City, DFS Group in Hong Kong, or J.P. Morgan in New York City, I've had incredible internship experiences while attending William Smith.

While it's hard to believe that it's been a year since I graduated, I have already had great opportunities at the Bozzuto Group and I'm looking forward to whatever opportunities I'm presented with!

*Martin Michaels '11
Major: International Relations
Current Position: Staff Writer for Mint Press
Current City: Minneapolis, Minn.
Age: 23

I was pretty sure that I wanted to study either philosophy or political science when I entered college. At the time, I had plans to go to law school. However, as I began to engage the broad course offerings at HWS, I soon realized that the interdisciplinary international relations major was a perfect choice given my burgeoning interests in Middle East politics.

At present, I am working as a staff writer for Mint Press, an online news publication based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was not a journalism major, but I believe, truly, that the courses at HWS challenged me to write critically and succinctly. I have no doubts that this facilitated my transition into news writing. In addition, I was always following current events, both as a matter of necessity for my course work, and because of my personal interest in social and political issues. This too, gave me the background necessary to understand the nuances of journalism writing.

My job search was most certainly an arduous one. After graduation, I had an unpaid summer internship in New York City working for a political action committee. Much to my chagrin, I realized at the end of the summer that I didn't have any leads for paid work, and moved back home with my parents. I sent out applications to dozens of NGO's and think tanks. I stayed hopeful and persistent, reaching out to friends and HWS alums.

My academic advisor, Stacey Philbrick Yadav was always helpful in suggesting organizations and people to reach out to. However, it was actually a friend I made while abroad in Jordan who suggested I apply to work at Mint Press, an independent news organization. I had never been to Minneapolis, nor had I any formal experience with writing as a journalist, but it turned out to be a great decision. The lesson I suppose is two-fold: Networking is absolutely necessary when finding a job, and sometimes you need to be open to trying something a little different. You may just find a great position that you had not considered.

I still have plans to serve in the Peace Corps before going to grad school. I have not made any exact decisions about my career beyond that point but I have enjoyed my work as a journalist thus far. I love to travel, so I could see myself working as a foreign correspondent for a news organization. When writing, I find myself most interested in stories that deal with human rights issues. Given this interest, I may also pursue work researching and writing for an international human rights group.

*Christina Amestoy '11
Major: Political Science
Current Position: Domestic Project Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 22

I've always been interested in politics and government, so I knew heading into college that I wanted to major in something in that field. Originally, I was leaning toward international relations or public policy, but after taking Intro to American Politics with Professor Iva Deutchman, I decided to major in political science with a concentration in American politics.

Right now, I am a project associate on the domestic team at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research in Washington, D.C. GQRR is a public opinion polling and campaign strategy firm that is hired by campaigns, organizations, and companies to create and conduct polls, analyze results, and develop strategies and messages. As a member of the domestic team, I work with Democratic campaigns at all levels across the country to help them run successful campaigns and win in November.

When I graduated in 2011, I didn't know exactly what type of job I wanted, but I knew I wanted something that would keep me directly involved in politics, and, ideally, involved in the 2012 elections. I had volunteered on the Obama campaign and worked on a campaign while abroad in London and loved the excitement. I also interned on the Senate Judiciary Committee and enjoyed the action in Washington every day. Unfortunately, this put me in the job market with basically every other political science graduate. After an entire summer of applying to every job that existed in Washington, I was offered an internship at GQRR. In January, I was offered a full time position and I love it.

William Smith was a great fit for me and I loved my four years there. My dad is a Hobart graduate, and I always knew that I would apply, but couldn't imagine how much I would enjoy the HWS experience. The different type of classes I took and the opportunities to choose and analyze my own topics, helped me stand out as an applicant and has made me more confident and successful in my job. On top of that, all my professors were always so happy to give me recommendations, no matter how many jobs I ended up applying for.

Like most people involved in politics, a lot of my future plans will depend directly on what happens on Nov. 6. Right now, I plan on staying and working in Washington for the next year and then going back to school in the fall of 2013, most likely for a master's degree in public policy. But until then, I'll be working late nights and doing what it takes right up until Election Day.

*Isaac Gilman '10
Current Position: Intern at the Michigan Association of Planning/Challenge Detroit Participant
Current City: Detroit, Michigan
Majors: Political Science and American Studies
Age: 24

I entered college unsure of what I wanted to study, but I knew I wanted to become a strong leader. As I pursued political science, I met Associate Professor DeWayne Lucas, who became my adviser and a great mentor. Under his guidance, I majored in political science and American studies. As my academic career progressed, my interest in leadership was sparked by the Colleges' commitment to civic participation, social equity, and suitability that provided a great ideological platform to follow for my future engagement in graduate school.

I recently graduated with a master of urban planning degree from the University of Michigan. This summer, I am working for two non-profit organizations. I have a part-time internship with the Michigan Association of Planning in Ann Arbor, and I am also a youth bike program coordinator for Urban Neighborhoods Initiatives, a neighborhood organization in Detroit. In August, I will be an inaugural participant of Challenge Detroit (http://www.challengedetroit.org/), where I and 29 other individuals will be living, working, playing, and giving in Detroit for one year. I will be working for Billhighway, which assists non-profits and small organization streamline their billing and fundraising processes. I am extremely excited for this next step, as it will continue to strengthen my leadership and knowledge about Detroit.

While at HWS, I held several internship experiences in the summer, working for New Jersey Bergen County Public Defender's office and New York State Senator Charles Schumer. It was an urban politics class in the fall semester of my senior year that got me thinking, and eventually applying to urban planning graduate programs. I applied, and studied for the GRE's, throughout my senior year and was fortunate enough to get accepted to the University of Michigan. At Michigan, I became engaged with various committees and clubs. HWS allowed me to understand the importance of giving back and being a global citizen. Similar to HWS, social equity and sustainability were the two pillars of my urban planning program and I made sure to incorporate those throughout my engagements. I eventually became chair of a student planning conference held annually in Michigan as well as the chair of a Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, which helps organize a symposium to talk about issues related to MLK's teachings in Southeast Michigan.

Hobart and William Smith have great resources, faculty and students. The career services center assisted me in creating my resumes, businesses cards, and connecting me with my internship experiences. And the faculty at HWS is amazing. Professor Lucas and Professor Iva Deutchman helped navigate me toward urban planning graduate school, and I will always be grateful. Finally, the friendships I made have been the best connections and resources. The small campus allowed me to create bonds with roommates and hall-mates that still flourish today.

I fell in love with cities when I was young and I don't think that will ever end. Overall, my goal is to continue to make cities great. The city I love now is Detroit, and I hope it will be that way for a long time. I hope my work with Challenge Detroit can launch me to not only make a difference this year, but continue to make a difference for years to come. Detroit offers so many opportunities, and I believe the city will turn into something more special than anyone could imagine.

*Jess Greger '10
Major: Chemistry
Current Position: Ph.D Candidate at University of California, Irvine
Current City: Toronto, Ontario
Age: 23

Coming to HWS, I knew I wanted to work as a summer researcher with Associate Professor Erin Pelkey. I met Professor Pelkey during an Admissions' visit and learned about his research from an enthusiastic class presentation. He made the experience of summer research seem enthralling and I learned that some of his students published journal articles before graduating. I thought this was an awesome opportunity, one that I wanted to be a part of. Thus, I began taking chemistry courses and worked toward my degree in chemistry.

I eventually applied for a summer science research position and was accepted. I also was excited to take courses outside my major, and particularly enjoyed philosophy and women's studies courses. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia/New Zealand and Fiji. I believe these experiences outside the classroom helped make me a better scientist and provided me with new perspectives of the world.

Currently, I am pursuing my Ph.D in organic chemistry in hopes to one day become a chemistry professor and teach at the undergraduate level. I love tutoring students and sharing my enthusiasm for chemistry. It is my goal to ameliorate peoples' view on the subject, for when we can understand the world on a molecular level, we become truly powerful as agents of change and problem solvers. So many of today's world problems are chemistry problems: fuel alternatives, cures to HIV, cancer, Alzheimer's, and so many more.

This summer, I am a visiting scholar doing research at University of Toronto in the lab of Professor Vy Dong. We are researching the synthesis of cyclic peptides and their use in asymmetric catalysis.

I grew into a scientist, a researcher, and a life-long scholar at HWS. Professor Pelkey was my Honors project adviser who encouraged me to complete grant applications, attend conferences, and write journal articles and book chapters. It was extra work but by the time I graduated, I had won three research grants, co-authored a book chapter, presented my work at countless conferences across the country, and soon had a manuscript in print. All of these accomplishments made me a viable applicant for the National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship. I applied for this fellowship my first year of graduate school, and was awarded the prestigious grant of more than $90,000. I attribute my success to HWS's high standards, well-rounded education, and attention to students' success.

I was also a member of HWS EMS during my time at the Colleges. Being a part of this group gave me perspective that there are things bigger than attending class each day. Here I had the opportunity to help people and to make a difference on campus. Through HWS EMS I learned poise and confidence under pressure and how to think clearly and effectively. These are important attributes to have in any life/career goal.

As for the future, I will complete my Ph.D work and then probably move on to a post-doc. My ultimate career goal is to become a chemistry professor at a small undergraduate institution and share my love and understanding of chemistry with others. I hope to have a small research team of undergrads who have an interest in chemistry and in changing the world on a molecular level. Small molecules can incite big change!

*Sarah Dillon '07
Major: Public Policy
Current Position: Director of Alumni/ae Relations and Campaign Associate at Trevor Day School
Current City: New York City
Age: 26

When I arrived for field hockey preseason in the fall of 2003, I had no idea what I was going to study or what I wanted to do when I graduated from school. I just knew that I was going to play field hockey and lacrosse for William Smith, and attempt to stay warm in Upstate New York.

As I began to finish my first-year prerequisites, I realized that I enjoyed the topics and discussions within the political science department, so I chose to major in public policy with a concentration on media and communications. I decided to minor in Spanish and Hispanic studies, and spent a semester studying in Madrid, Spain.

From the classroom to the athletic field, HWS was a great fit for me and I am grateful for the experience and the many wonderful individuals that I met in those four years. Head Coach Pat Genovese and teammate and Coach Brighde Dougherty '04 were very influential in my four years. From discipline to leadership, being on the Heron lacrosse team taught me life skills that I have been able to take with me into my professional career.

After graduation, I moved to New York City and took a stab in the advertising world as a sales assistant at Travel + Leisure magazine. After a year in the corporate world, I realized that my heart was in education and moved my career path to the independent school development world.

Currently, I'm the Director of Alumni/ae Relations and Campaign Associate at Trevor Day School. I enjoy my career in advancement, and in the future I hope to return to the classroom to further my education in fundraising.

*Andrew Knox '09
Major: English
Current Position: Comedian
Current City: Chicago
Age: 25

When I arrived at HWS I was focused primarily on playing football. I was not invited to preseason camp, so I was determined to hustle as a "walk-on" and be invited the next year. I worked hard and was invited the next year but I ended up quitting three days after preseason camp was over. I had joined the Hobartones and the on-campus improv group "It Might Be Funny" my first year, and was enjoying my time on stage much more than my time on the field. In fact, less than a week before going to preseason camp my sophomore year I called an assistant coach and told him I wouldn't be showing up because I was auditioning for American Idol. I called him back 20 minutes later and told him I'd changed my mind, but it was clear where my true interests lied. It should also be mentioned that Hobart has a fantastic football program with extremely talented players, my getting game time was about as likely as my being the next Ruben Studdard.

I was an English major at HWS and found all of my professors to be passionate and accommodating. Being an English major at HWS is fantastic because so many art forms are housed in the department (i.e. literature, poetry, acting, screen writing, film). You have the opportunity to skip around and study how many different types of artists approach their crafts.

Unfortunately, my fervor for the Colleges' social scene got me into some trouble, which prevented me from being eligible to take part in Hobart's top notch Study Abroad Program. Determined to not miss out on the experience my friends were having, I did a program called "Comedy Studies" through Chicago's The Second City comedy theater and Columbia College. During my time in Chicago I realized I had found my calling and, thanks to the Hobart Dean's office, I also was getting a full semester's credit!

After graduation, I ended up making my way back out to Chicago to pursue sketch and improvisational comedy. In the spring of 2012 I was hired by The Second City to perform for four months on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship. I am currently a month into my contract on the "Norwegian Dawn" and enjoying doing sketch and improv shows, while spending a few days each week in Bermuda!

Before this job, and after a brief stint in hotel room service, I worked for Groupon, an online daily deal website, for about two years, while doing improv shows, rehearsals, and classes at night. I worked in Groupon's Merchant Services department, putting my English skills to the test as I worked with all types of businesses who decided to put a deal up on Groupon. Groupon is an exciting and innovative company, and I am proud to have been a part of its growth from a start-up with 400 employees in Chicago to a publicly traded company with thousands of employees all over the world.

After my time at sea, I plan to return to Chicago and jump back into the improv scene. At this point, my goal is to eventually be on one of the two resident stages at The Second City. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Hobart gave me to explore many of my interests and, ultimately, find my passion.

*Megan Scanlon '05
Major: English
Current Position: Enrollment Advisor at the American University of Beirut
Current City: New York City
Age: 29

My first major step in the international world began at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In 2004, during the fall of my senior year, I spent a semester abroad in Vietnam. I chose Vietnam because I wanted to be in a culture that was completely different from anything I knew. Well, my wish was granted as I explored and learned about the country, where my peers and I embraced the philosophy "This is Vietnam," aka "TIV," which loosely translates into, "Stop resisting experiences, stop following a script, take yourself out of your comfort zone, say yes to unpredictability and the unknown, and have some fun while you're at it."

After total immersion in that beautiful country, I left for southern Thailand. I returned to the U.S. a week before the devastation of the tsunami that wiped out homes and separated families. The grief of so many was palpable and overwhelming, and I have never been so altered and affected by a natural disaster. I remember feeling utterly irrelevant and useless and I made a decision that I would never live in a bubble, and that I would take steps to learn, contribute to, and EXPERIENCE the world around me.

The doors opened up to me at HWS have since led me on a pretty colorful path. After graduation, I worked with students from all over the globe as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Green Mountain College. From Moldova to Brooklyn, Sierra Leone to Seattle, I learned about a multitude of issues that shaped the lives of these students, prompting me to combine education with international relations and obtain a master's in international education. From there, I provided global education initiatives to NYC high school students, learned that I am the queen of American metaphors while volunteering in an ESL class at the International Rescue Committee, and, with GMC students, facilitated panels at NYU around conflict in Burma and sexual violence in Kenya and Congo. I've also had the opportunity to study and travel in Egypt, Israel, Greece, and, in September, Lebanon, as currently I am an Enrollment Advisor at the American University of Beirut. Based in the New York City office, I provide student support services to outgoing North American students who want to study in Lebanon. What's most exciting about this position is that it allows me to work closely with students and become intimate with a fascinating culture (and the food, have I mentioned the food in these places??)

None of this would've happened without my HWS education, enhanced by key professors who continue to have an immeasurable impact on me. Through Shakespeare, Professor Peter Cummings conveyed the possibilities and genius in the details and expression of language. Professor Gebru Tareke taught me to challenge authority and that I can unlearn and relearn, and only then would I grow. Professor Eric Patterson cautioned against the dangers of a consumer and homogenous society, and encouraged a relationship with the natural world. Professor Mary Gerhart taught me to look at all sides of a situation by carefully thinking through an issue, as there are numerous interpretations and ways for ideas, actions, and events to be considered. Not to mention William Smith soccer coach Aliceann Wilber, who showed me that my body can do more than I think it can (preseason anyone?), as well as the very meaningful friendships developed that add so much joy and laughter to my life.

Author Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." With this in mind, my aspirations for the future are to continually stretch my mind and be a catalyst for stretching the minds and experiences of others. Furthermore, based on my experience, I think author Joan Erickson aptly describes what an education at Hobart and William Smith cultivates, which is a vital life: "Vital lives are about action. You can't feel warmth unless you create it, can't feel delight until you play, can't know serendipity unless you risk."

*Carla DeLucia '05
Major: Mathematics
Current Position: Assistant Director of Student Financial Services at Babson College
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 29

When I arrived on campus I was uncertain as to what area of academics I would concentrate, but knew that being at a liberal arts college would provide me the opportunity to take classes in a variety of disciplines. I had always liked numbers when I was younger and decided to take a few math classes. I found that the course material and problem solving skills I developed would provide a solid foundation for my future career path. I quickly found my niche as part of the mathematics department. This small close-knit group of students and faculty became my home.

Upon graduation from William Smith, I completed a master's degree in math education from Boston University and taught mathematics at a suburban Boston high school. I soon found that I yearned for a different challenge at a higher level of education that drew both on my love of student interaction and numbers. I found myself at Fisher College in downtown Boston teaching both a mathematics and first year seminar course and serving as a financial aid advisor. After two years at Fisher, it was time for another change and for the past three years I've been an assistant director of student financial services at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., where I also teach a first year seminar course. I have also had the opportunity to travel to Germany with students as part of a Law and Ethics Course for the past two summers. In addition, I have been involved with the HWS Club of Boston, helping to plan events for alums since I moved to the area seven years ago.

Throughout my career transitions, it has been the networking and guidance from the HWS Alumni/ae Network that has helped me to achieve my professional goals and strive for new challenges in my field. In the future, I plan to remain associated with this group of people in hope of assisting current students and fellow alums to find their career paths post-college. It is this "extended HWS family" that has been so magnanimous to its alums and I'm proud to have the privilege to be a part of it.

*Greg Stern '12
Major: Economics
Current Position: Event Coordinator, Octagon
Current City: Stamford, Conn.
Age: 22

Entering college, I thought I wanted become a college coach. Growing up, I always wanted to pursue a career as a sports agent, and as my college years went on, that became my aspiration again. Also, talking with a lot of Hobart alums that are in the business definitely helped shaped my goals.

I succeeded, and am currently working for Octagon, a global sports marketing agency. I work on an account that coordinates 200 golf tournaments a year as part of a program that culminates with a national championship at Pebble Beach resort in December. My title is event coordinator. I have coordinated events in Los Angeles, Birmingham and Auburn, Ala., Chicago, Ill., Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., Johnson City, Tenn., Charlotte, N.C., Charleston, S.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, Omaha, Neb., and Minneapolis, Minn., all since graduation in May. I will be going back to Los Angeles, Naples, Fla., and Richmond, Va., over the next two months. It has been a whirlwind, but fun as well!

At Hobart, I coordinated the football and basketball intramural programs for HWS Director of Recreation, Intramurals and Fitness Russ Hess for three years. After my sophomore year, I interned for alum Stephane Lasher '94 at his branch of ING, a financial planning firm. I called him and simply told him I was a Hobart student and that was the end of the interview. He said he would help me any way he could, and his recommendations have helped lead me to every other internship or job I've had. We've formed a very good relationship and speak frequently.

During my junior year, I interned for the Rochester Razorsharks, working with their general manager on basketball operations and marketing. I handled game day promotions and created a database for season ticket holders. Additionally, I interned with Cornerstone Management, a sports agency in Philadelphia, Pa., that represents professional basketball and hockey players. My main responsibilities were working with Jameer Nelson (starting point guard for the Orlando Magic) and his agent on a daily basis regarding his foundation, season preparation, endorsement opportunities, and analysis for his recent contract negotiation (he recently signed a three-year deal). I also worked with other basketball clients, researching opportunities abroad and helping with the negotiation of their FIBA contracts.

Without HWS resources I would not be where I am now. The Salisbury Center for Career Servcies called Cornerstone on my behalf during my junior year and gave me a great recommendation. I found out later that it was their recommendation and persistence that put me on top of their list of applicants. Overall, the Career Services Office put me in touch with probably 15 alums in the sports marketing industry, all of whom took time to speak with me on several occasions as I was searching for internships and jobs. Hobart Director of Athletics Mike Hanna '68 and Bob Murphy also both reached out to alums on my behalf, and the spring before I graduated I had weekly meetings with Bob and Stephanie Annear until I was able to land a position with Octagon.

In the future, I hope to keep working my way up within Octagon and continue my career in sports marketing. I am currently working with businesses and corporations as clients and I hope to eventually work more with athletes directly.

*Julie Hooper '10
Majors: International Relations and Anthropology
Current Position: Account Executive, Fox Stations
Current City: New York City
Current Age: 23

Like many others, I am one of those people who fell in love with HWS as soon as I stepped foot on campus. I was recruited to play on the William Smith basketball team, and applied to HWS early decision. As a first-year, I was unsure of what I wanted to do professionally-- let alone what I wanted to major in! The great thing about the HWS curriculum is I could enroll in a variety of courses, enabling me to discover my true interests. I ended up taking a lot of political science and anthropology courses – which turned into a double major in international relations and anthropology.

HWS provided me with some of the best opportunities I could ask for. Not only was I able to play basketball for William Smith all four years, I also studied abroad in Norwich, England, the fall of my junior year. Both of these experiences were absolutely fundamental to my success post graduation. When it came time to start searching for jobs, visiting the Career Services Office became an essential part of my weekly routine. I decided I wanted to pursue a career in advertising sales in New York City. The staff in Career Services steered me in the right direction and connected me with a network of alums.

I began taking trips to New York and going on informational interviews with various alums. One meeting led to another, and I found myself sitting in front of the vice president of sales training and development at Fox Stations Sales. The networking process launched from my visits to Career Services was a main reason why I ended up being offered a position with Fox Station Sales right after I graduated.

I started my career as a sales assistant at Fox in New York City. I have since worked my way up the ladder to senior sales assistant, account executive trainee, and most recently account executive. The success I've had in my postgraduate life stems from the experiences I had at HWS. It was there I learned the meaning of accountability, leadership and how to stand out in the competitive world of sales. I am looking forward to gaining as much sales experience as possible so that I can continue to grow within the Fox organization.

*Name: Ryan Young '11
Major: Biochemistry
Current Position: ADME-Tox Technical Applications Scientist, Life Technologies Corporation
Current City: Buffalo, N.Y.
Age: 22

I was luckier than most when I first came to HWS because I already knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Also, I already had a plan mapped out of how I was going to get there. Ever since I was little, I have wanted to be an anesthesiologist. That was the main reason I selected biochemistry as my major at HWS; I wanted to begin to understand how chemicals affect body function.

What I appreciated the most about my liberal arts education was that I got to explore topics outside of the natural sciences. Over time I have realized that many of my peers who went to non-liberal arts schools regretted not being able to do. The humanities and social sciences classes that I took allow me to grasp the "big picture" and see situations from all angles. This ability is particularly important as I advance into a career in medicine.

Currently, I am applying to medical schools and have landed a job at Life Technologies Corporation, a leading biotechnology company. The team I work with mainly deals with hepatocytes (liver cells) and the drug discovery research associated with these cells. The research is innovative and will change the future of medicine.

I started at Life Technologies in a temporary customer service position and was eventually hired as a permanent employee in January 2012 (that meant paid vacations and actual benefits, yay!). I got my first "big break" and was moved onto the company's cell culture technical support team where I have learned so much about current biochemical and medical research. I was given a one-month crash course on stem cells, primary cells, cell culture media, supplements, antibiotics, sera, and other reagents, and then began work with colleagues who all have master's or Ph.D.'s coupled with at least 10 years experience. At first, it was very intimidating troubleshooting problems and offering advice to people with Ph.D.'s or from major pharmaceutical companies. It was a tough assignment that involved a lot of outside study, but it is really rewarding because I get to assist with many research projects. I am now a permanent ADME-Tox Technical Applications Scientist, and I continue to study!

While I eventually see myself as a well-respected anesthesiologist, and hope to matriculate into medical school in the fall of 2013, I am enjoying my current position at Life Technologies.

In retrospect, my time at HWS served me well. I have so many in the HWS community to thank: Scott MacPhail in the Salisbury Center for Career Services, Associate Professor of Chemistry Justin Miller who was a great adviser, Dean Eugen Baer from the Hobart Deans Office, and Kristen Tobey in the Residential Education Office, as well as the Hobart basketball family, who has always been supportive and encouraging to me since I was a wide-eyed first-year student in August 2007.

*Alexandra Hallowell '10
Major: International Relations
Current Position: Staff Assistant, Harvard Social Studies Department
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 25

After taking a gap year between high school and college, where I essentially repeated my senior year in a French high school, I was absolutely positive I wanted to study international relations. This desire was cemented during the first class I had as a college student: Intro to International Relations with Associate Professor Kevin Dunn where I became fascinated by the depth of his knowledge. While I flirted with other disciplines and took part in the potpourri of options offered at HWS, I ultimately stuck with international relations and French language, and I couldn't be happier with the results.

While in college I taught language labs for the French Department, tutored at the Center for Teaching and Learning, and worked at admissions. I took full advantage of the incredible Global Education program, studying abroad in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and then later, conducting HWS-sponsored research in Istanbul. I got to travel regionally as well as part of one of the Colleges' most popular courses: "Two Cities." We explored the socio-economic history of New York City and Toronto under the tutelage of two of the Colleges' most loved professors, Jim Spates and Pat McGuire. I got hands-on research experience during my senior year when I worked on a project through the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning with the Geneva city planner's office exploring city access to fresh, locally produced food. During all of this, I made some of the most fantastic friends I could have hoped for. While we've since wound up all over the world (Oregon, Ecuador, DC, and Philly to name a few), we gather each 4th of July at my home near Cape Cod, Mass., for a little reunion.

Two days before graduating, I was notified that I had received a Fulbright teaching fellowship to Turkey. I was, quite obviously, over the moon. Merely three months after graduation, I found myself part of a two-woman American team in charge of the English-language education of nearly 800 Turkish university first-year students. Part of my Fulbright grant allowed for a personal project; I wound up traveling throughout the country, attempting to learn the language, and blogging about cultural politics as viewed through the public transportation system. My blog, "Death by Dolmus," became a creative and analytical outlet where I was able to examine my experiences and share them with others.

I currently work at Harvard with the faculty of Arts and Sciences. I work with undergraduate students during the day, and in my free time, I volunteer with the Livable Streets Alliance, editing and disseminating its advocacy newsletter. In the fall, I will be applying to graduate school, hoping to obtain my master's degree in urban planning.

Only time will tell what's next, but I can say that without the incredible support I got from friends, faculty and administration at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, my life would look drastically different.

*Andrew Mahoney '11
Major: Middle Eastern Studies
Current Position: Research Intern, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Current City: Beirut, Lebanon
Age: 24

I graduated from high school bewildered by - and irreconcilably curious about - pretty much everything. So during my first year at HWS, I took courses in as many different disciplines as I could; in a year, I took courses in geology, theoretical physics, literature, sociology, political science, international law, and genocide studies. I excelled in a few places, performed adequately in others, and failed in others. Still, by the end of the year, unsure of what I wanted to study and what I wanted to leave college having accomplished, I took a year off to try to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.

At some point during that year, while interning at the attorney general's office in Boston and taking some heady philosophy courses to keep my academic circuits firing, I read a newspaper article detailing the severe lack of Arabic translators in our armed forces in Iraq. I began to consider the obvious logistical problems that lack of communication would pose to both the counter-insurgency and nation-building pillars of the U.S. strategy in Iraq, and before long, my curiosity had led me to enroll in an Arabic class and several Middle East studies courses at the Harvard Extension School. Ultimately, when I arrived back on campus, one course taught by Professor Stacey Philbrick Yadav cemented my interest in conflict resolution in the region. With her extensive knowledge of Middle Eastern history and experience living and researching in the region, she became an indispensable guide in my academic development, encouraging me to study abroad in Amman, Jordan, and helping me to design an individualized major in Middle Eastern Studies.

I'm currently working as a research intern at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beirut, Lebanon. I write reports on a wide range of issues related to building peace in the region, such as media freedom in Egypt, civil society growth in Tunisia, and economic development in Algeria. Working for Carnegie has given me the opportunity to coordinate with key foreign policy figures like the diplomatic delegation for the European Union, access to excellent research tools, and the opportunity to put to daily use the critical thinking, writing and research skills I acquired in Coxe and Stern Hall classrooms.

But it certainly hasn't been a straight and narrow path. After graduating from HWS in 2011, I worked as a research assistant at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), an issue advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that works to promote democracy in the Middle East. After that, I was scrambling to find a job for a long time - I ended up dishing out close to 50 applications in the span of 7-8 months - before moving back to Boston, where I briefly worked on Joe Kennedy III's Congressional campaign before I got an interview at Carnegie.

So again, it hasn't been a linear path, and if anyone reading this is young and as worried as I was, the path need not be. Looking ahead, the only definite item on my agenda is continuing to build my competency in the Arabic language. As far as my career plans, I'm considering pursuing an advanced degree in regional studies or international development, moving into non-profit work, or moving into journalism. The most important thing that I've learned with regard to career goals, in no small part from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is to nurture your own curiosity. Don't dismiss those intellectual questions that crop up in your mind when something piques your interest because you're too busy doing something else, address them. That's how you become a better thinker. That's how you use a liberal arts education.

*Caterina McFadden Saracino '07
Majors: Architectural Design and Geoscience
Current Position: Owner, McFadden Designs
Current City: Morgantown, W.Va.
Age: 27

As a senior in high school, I knew I excelled in math, technology, and art. However, having been one of those particular students who changed my mind from marine biology to architecture several times, a program with broad topics like a liberal arts education was the best fit for me. I found Hobart and William Smith Colleges really accommodated my interests, especially when I ended up majoring in both architectural design and geoscience. I was allowed to cater my geoscience experience to my career goal in architecture, with geoscience faculty allowing me to do research assignments such as a cost-benefit analysis of the importance of seismic mitigation in an area of variable earthquake activity. I also satisfied my interest in marine biology by taking courses where I was in a boat on Seneca Lake, learning about wildlife and oceanography. What was most important about my time at HWS was the ability to see a relationship between my profession and other trades. It helped me professionally because I work with a lot of people, from all walks of life and professions and I am able to look at issues from their perspective and effectively communicate with them.

Therefore, the best skills I learned while at HWS were how to communicate what my interests were, so that I would get the best preparation for life after college. I determined that I wanted to be an architectural designer and own my own practice in architecture. I was able to talk with licensed professionals and learn what my career path options were. One of the best programs HWS had for me was the internship at Eric Cohler, Inc. While interning, I was fully immersed in a successful interior design practice in NYC, where I was able to meet designers Eric Cohler '81 and Patrick Lonn who both taught me, by example, that my design degree could take me places with hard work, good communication and perseverance. Another great aspect of this internship was the travel. I went to London and studied the integration of old and new architecture and was able to immerse myself in the culture of that city, meet Dr. Simos Yanas, the director of the environment and energy studies program at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and learn from him briefly about passive design.

After being inspired by HWS Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Stan Mathews' passion and eloquent way of describing style and architecture, I knew I needed to go to Virginia Tech for graduate school to pursue a professional degree in architecture. This three-and-a-half year degree program started on the Blacksburg, Va., campus, though for my thesis research, I went to the Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium School to be in a city with a plethora of internship capabilities. My education centered on the degree and the completion of the Intern Architect program with NCARB.

I worked at several different types of architecture firms while there. At my most recent employment, DEL Studio Architects, I was in charge of my own projects, where I designed a pier in Inner Harbor Baltimore with the first fully functional restaurant for Dick's Last Resort. The chain restaurant caters itself towards entertaining the American workforce and veterans through harsh dramatization, humor and humility. Whether good or bad, the local description of the pier is that it is Disney-like. To me, it was about making an image for the company on the Inner Harbor. Presently, two neighbor restaurants have seen it as an opportunity to improve their real estate. On a serious note, the success from this project resulted in multiple projects for Cordish Company developers including a very minor part in (already started) Maryland Live Casino!

In July 2012, I moved to Morgantown, W.Va., and I have ventured on my own with McFadden Design, which focuses solely on residential design. I have several clients that keep me very busy. One client is taking advantage of my experience with housing additions for the aging. Though I am currently a residential designer, I have not lost sight of my goal to become a licensed architect so that I may do commercial works again. I took my first of seven licensing exams in May and passed, and had another exam in late August. I am focusing on both my exams and growing my business. After a year or two, I plan to venture into commercial work, designing more restaurants and casinos and other large, fun projects on the reputation I develop in my small residential design practice! West Virginia has been a great place to explore my design talents personally, and I have had several mentors and been a part of several organizations that have helped make it possible.

*Derek Weiss '12
Majors: Biology and Environmental Studies
Current Position: Perpetual Green Gardens
Current City: Bozeman, Mont.
Age: 21

After my first year of college at HWS, I had decided against my initial thoughts of pursuing medical school. Likewise, after a week of upper level physics courses, which consisted of concepts like 'time dilation' and heady algebra lessons, I was turned off of the engineering path. I was in a tight spot, and didn't quite know what to do.

After some supportive conversations with the deans and my family, I decided that I wanted to pursue my passion for biology. Thankfully I was able to join my adviser-to-be, Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown, in her aquatic biology class, a full week late. From the new beginning of my college career, freed from concerns about med school or graduate school, I was able to bond with my professors, and learn from them more holistically, far beyond what they taught in the classroom.

In my studies I focused on ecology, which lent well to my interest in environmental studies, and in what I would learn to call deep ecology, a philosophical and spiritual engagement with nature and the wild. Classes like "Buddhism," many environmental studies courses, and "Environmental Ethics" further supported this developing connection with the natural world. Through various study abroad experiences, including a semester in Australia and New Zealand, an outdoor education course in Wales, and a sustainability program in China, I gained a global perspective on the environmental crises with which the planet is presented.

Toward the end of my college career I realized the vital importance of developing a more sustainable food system, and I recognized some severe flaws with our current system of mechanized and global agriculture. After winning a grant from the student governments, I installed a vegetable garden on campus with cold frames to provide an extended growing season. My hope for the garden is to provide students with the opportunity to grow their own food and develop a deeper connection with our food system.

Coupled with my understanding of ecology and connection with the natural world, this concern about our food system LED to my interest in permaculture, a practice deeply rooted in observation of and connection with nature. Since graduating, I have been pursuing an education in permaculture design. Permaculture methods can provide us with a truly sustainable food system, while concurrently providing a great benefit to our surrounding ecosystems.

Once I returned from the Sustainable China program, I packed up my car and drove to Montana where I partnered with my brother who had started a business called Perpetual Green Gardens, which is focused on installing permaculture systems and earth powered greenhouses. Since then, I have been experientially learning the quintessential methods and principles of permaculture, as we work as stewards of a 50-acre piece of land in Belgrade, Mont. We are working to convert it from an arid grassland, flattened by centuries of plowing and mechanized agriculture, into a healthy, diverse, productive, supportive ecosystem. Once it is established, the land will provide plenty of food and habitat, and support the surrounding wildlife. In addition, we have been attending a number of permaculture-focused conferences and design courses.

In college, I struggled with the concepts of environmental conservation versus preservation. The high rate of detrimental human impact on our planet warrants greater action than simply conservation or preservation. We must actively take measures to enhance our surrounding environment. I believe that permaculture, coupled with a significant behavioral shift, is the best way to return the landscape to a more ecologically sound state, while concurrently producing food locally and sustainably.

In this way, the methods of permaculture have allowed me to combine my knowledge of ecology with my environmental beliefs, and still work toward my goal of creating positive change in the world. I have HWS to thank, in large part, for challenging me to develop my environmental views, and for being able to incorporate a wide array of fields of study in this development. In the coming years, we will continue to work to convert this land into a place of healing and eventually attend permaculture design school. As I continue to learn, I hope to spread the knowledge and practice of permaculture techniques as far as possible.

*Chelsea Ruebling '11
Major: Economics
Current Postion: Junior Analyst, Qantas Group
Current City: Sydney, Australia
Age: 23

Coming to HWS was very exciting for me. I knew that it would open doors to a number of opportunities and support me while I explored my array of interests. Like many high school graduates, I had no idea what kind of career path I wanted to take, but as I continued to take classes at HWS that road became a little bit clearer. I decided to be an economics major and international relations minor as I found myself hungry to learn more about how the world works from an economic lens.

Post-graduation, I decided to take an opportunity to move to Sydney, Australia, to pursue a position at Westpac Banking Corporation. During my time at Westpac, I was put into their graduate rotation training program. I was exposed to a number of different areas of the institutional bank including strategy, innovation and implementation, and transactional sales. During this time, I recognized my passion for working in strategy. As my time at Westpac was coming to an end, I realized I was truly enjoying the life I had created for myself in Sydney and decided to pursue another opportunity working in group strategy for the Qantas Group.

Working at Qantas has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I enjoy going to work everyday and being challenged by my managers and peers. I enjoy being a part of the strategic thinking and problem solving that is taking place to ensure the success of this extremely dynamic industry. In just six months time, I have worked on projects relating to engineering, customer experience, and social media.

Although I will be sad to leave Qantas and Sydney this fall, I am equally eager and excited to move back home to the USA. I hope to pursue a career in management consulting upon my return, so that I can continue to feed my hunger for assisting companies from a number of different industries achieve their goals. I am confident that with the assistance of HWS Career Services, I will be able to achieve my goals.

*Christine Abramo '12
Major: Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Current Position: Director of Digital Sales, Mundial Sports Network
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 22

Coming into college I was not sure exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I loved the Spanish language and decided to take a few courses in the Spanish and Hispanic studies department. Luckily, I loved all of the professors in the department, and continued filling my schedule with these courses. I ended up majoring in Spanish and Hispanic studies, and double minoring in Latin American studies and media and society. The more courses I took, the more I knew that Spanish was not only an interest of mine but what I wanted for a career.

I am currently the director of digital sales at Mundial Sports Network. Mundial Sports Network is composed of strong digital properties, which allow the company to reach the Hispanic market with great success. The network consists of Boxeo Mundial, Futbol Mundial and Beisbol Mundial. Along with these online sites, we have "In Book" magazines for each sport listed. Mundial Sports network also has tablet and digital editions, a mobile content plan, and a syndicated video player. As the director of digital sales, I will be gaining new business with the assigned clients in my network. This will allow me to travel and establish business partnerships with multiple companies.

The summer before my senior year at HWS, I interned at Univision Communications with the client development-agency group. It was a great experience that taught me a lot and solidified my desire to work within Hispanic marketing.

HWS prepared me a great amount for my experience at Mundial Sports Network. Being a member of the William Smith lacrosse team taught me time management and improved my ability to work well with others, which is crucial in media sales. Furthermore, as a Spanish and Hispanic studies major, I learned to love the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture, strengthening my drive to succeed within the Hispanic market. The courses in all three departments I studied in-Spanish and Hispanic studies, Latin American studies, and media and society-truly prepared me for my current position.

In the future, I hope to continue to learn and grow as much as possible. This being my first job after college, I hope to be fully exposed to the media and digital market, while having experiences that will teach and guide me in the right direction.

*Jerimiah Booream-Phelps '12
Majors: Economics and Environmental Studies
Current Position: Clean Tech Analyst at Deutsche Bank
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 23

After taking a year off to help center my focus after high school, I found myself entering HWS as a potential English major because at the time I thought being a writer was what suited me best. English didn't particularly excite me, but I thought I could likely find a job if I worked hard enough so I could pay off my inevitable student loans. Of course, the circular logic there soon bothered me, and although I was happy to be at a college that suited me perfectly, I wanted to find something that would make my four years of work worthwhile. Soon after, my adviser Professor of Economics Tom Drennen and a variety of other supportive mentors helped me to find the intersection of my interests and my passions - economics and environmental studies. It all started with my first-year class on energy, co-taught by Professor of Economics Tom Drennen and Professor of Geoscience John Halfman, and came full circle in my senior year as I completed my capstone environmental studies project on Seneca Lake with Professor of Geoscience John Halfman and delved into the economics of a wind energy regression analysis in my econometrics class with Professor of Economics Tom Drennen. There's nothing quite like starting and ending with some of the most impactful professors to ever grace HWS halls.

Except, it wasn't an end at all. Throughout my HWS career, I always had others there to help guide me to my final destination here at Deutsche Bank on the clean tech team. The career services office helped me connect with two notable alums my sophomore and junior years who gave me a chance to prove myself at challenging internships in the New York City financial sector. After interning at Deutsche Bank on the electric utilities equity research team in the summer following my junior year, I was lucky enough to be offered the full time position where I now reside. Although I've only been here for a short time, I can say with complete conviction that this is exactly where I wanted to end up out of school, thanks to the networks of support that I found so readily available at HWS.

I'm now the junior member of the clean tech research team, which gives me exposure to facets of the business of clean energy that I had previously only imagined. I am receiving firsthand insight into the drivers of sustainable energy businesses in various sectors like solar, biofuels, and energy efficiency on a team that is unparalleled in the U.S. financial sector. The lessons I will learn here over the next several years will allow me to understand exactly what large institutional investors are looking for - and how I might one day help to drive worldwide capital towards renewable energy. My hope is that I can promote this not only with moral incentives, but ultimately because it's the most logical course of action from an investment, social, and environmental standpoint. In a way, I hope to do my part in bridging the gap between business and environmental interests. We may not be there quite yet, but the idealism that HWS helped me foster tells me that I only need to keep working towards my goals and they will eventually come true.

*Jenna Lohre '12
Major: Religious Studies
Current Position: Doctoral student, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Current city: Cleveland, Ohio
Age: 22

My plans coming into college were to major in biology and complete a pre-med track with the hopes of going to medical school. Although I am in medical school, my plans certainly did not unfold as I expected. I ended up majoring in religious studies with concentrations in Judaism and Christianity. I realized early on that although a life science course of study was a vehicle into med school, my interest and passion was in the liberal arts, specifically religious studies. With help from wonderful religious studies professors, particularly Associate Professor Richard Salter and Professor Michael Dobkowski, and pre-med adviser Scott MacPhail, I realized that I didn't need to choose one or the other and that I could both study religion and go to medical school. More importantly, these professors helped me realize that my background in religious studies would make me a better applicant and ultimately a better doctor.

I am midway through my first semester at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. I am pursuing the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine with hopes of specializing in either sports medicine or podo-pediatrics. Podiatry is one of the fastest growing specialties in the medical field with the aging baby boomers and diabetes on the rise. This specialty of medicine appealed to me because of its versatility; the podiatrists I shadowed treated such an array of cases including surgical, orthopedic, pediatric, sports injuries, diabetic wound care, and so many more. I knew I would never see the same thing everyday!

Although the path to get here was challenging, I had superb guidance from Scott MacPhail, as well as many of the science professors. I studied for the MCAT and completed the last few of my prerequisite chemistry and biology classes the summer before my senior year. I applied that summer to seven schools and completed my interviews during the fall semester of my senior year. Kent State University was my top choice and I was very fortunate to be accepted.

The HWS Clinical Internship program was very beneficial, allowing me to form ties with Dr. Joseph Perillo, Dr. Kyle Perillo and Dr. Marci Struck at Finger Lakes Podiatry. This experience was invaluable to my application process and the start of my medical school career. Working in a multitude of clinical settings, I was able to pinpoint my exact interests in podiatry (surgery!) and learn from each of their unique approaches. Also, all three doctors are alumni of Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, and it is an honor to be attending the same school that they attended.

Also, Hobart alum Rusty Hawley '79, vice president of marketing for the New York Giants, allowed me to shadow the Giants medical staff. It was an awesome experience seeing firsthand how the medical staff treated and interacted with the players and how they approached the array of injuries that the players faced.

In the future, I hope to work for a professional sports team after I complete my residency, or open my own practice or join an orthopedic practice. At first, I was certain that I wanted to return to New York, however living in Cleveland has shown me how much the Midwest has to offer. So who knows where I'll end up. Ultimately, I aspire to be a knowledgeable and skilled podiatric surgeon, with the ability to interact with my patients with compassion and empathy.

*Katelyn Miller '07
Majors: Economics and Public Policy
Current Position: Human Resources Manager at Health Dialogue
Current City: Portland, Maine
Age: 28

When I was little I told my parents I wanted to be an astronaut during the day and an actress at night. Twenty-eight years later, I still have a long list of career possibilities for when "I grow up" and I don't see myself shortening that list any time soon. The best part about my liberal arts education at HWS is that even though I have a double major in economics and public policy, I am still marketable to employers who want someone who has a diverse background with many different skill sets. Perfect for my ever-changing ambitions!

Currently, I work in human resources at Health Dialogue, managing the employee benefits and wellness initiatives. I love that my job involves pieces of finance, marketing, legal, employee relations, management, and most importantly allows me to be innovative. I have the opportunity to work with multiple business units throughout the company and am challenged to think from many perspectives (my department, the company, and the employees).

When I graduated from William Smith, I was very fortunate to be offered a position at a company owned by Hobart alum Stuart Piltch '82, P'11. I loved my position at his company and had the opportunity to travel to meetings with clients. However, a year later, I wanted to be closer to friends and family and moved to Boston, Mass., where I worked as a consultant at an employee benefits firm.

I believe the key to my career success in my 20s was due to a strong resume that had more experience than years worked. Currently, I take advantage of every opportunity in my job to challenge myself and learn new things about my profession and business in general. I pride myself on being over prepared and when I find I am in a situation where I am unsure of the answer I know it is okay to say, "I don't know and I will get back to you on that." HWS classes taught me to think critically and professionally, but also taught me that no one person knows everything. The key is knowing where to find that answer - who do you ask? Where do you go? What other follow-up questions do you anticipate?

I would love to continue to develop my career in human resources and become more involved in strategy and employee engagement and retention. However, astronaut and actress still sound like an exciting opportunities!

*Kevin Matteson '11, MAT'12
Major: Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Current Position: High School Spanish Teacher
Current City: Central Square, N.Y.
Age: 23

I had absolutely no idea what type of career I wanted to pursue when I came to college. I knew that I wanted to play football and that I did not want to be a teacher. I thought perhaps I would study political science, psychology or sociology. If you had told me I would become a Spanish major, I would have told you that I thought you were crazy.

Luckily, I took the advice of some people who knew me and suggested that I try and take a lower-level Spanish class. The course was entirely in Spanish and taught by Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Juan Liebana. My head was spinning after 10 minutes of being in the class, and after receiving a D- on my first writing assignment, I knew that I was either going to have to drop the course or work a lot harder. Being a first-year and a football player, I knew that I would have to keep my grades up and taking the easy way out was not an option. I spent a lot of time with the Spanish and Hispanic Studies Teaching Fellows (I became one a couple of years later) - and I saw a marked improvement in my ability. By the end of the semester, I had fallen in love with the language and couldn't wait to continue taking it. After a second semester of Spanish with another amazing professor, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Caroline Travalia, I knew I wanted to be a Spanish major. This led me to spend a semester in Madrid, Spain, where I had the time of my life!

Along the way, I got roped into attending an Education Department informational meeting. I thought I would give it a try because it seemed like a nice fallback option. After about five minutes in my first placement at Geneva High School, where I taught an impromptu lesson to a group of beginning Spanish students, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. As I became more serious about wanting to become a teacher, I applied and was accepted into the Colleges' MAT program. During that post-grad year, I developed a keen interest in another academic passion of mine - the role of athletics and coaching in education. I developed a master's project titled "Man up? The (potential) Transformative Role of High School Athletics in Building Character and Exploring Masculine Identity." I developed a curriculum that a high school football coach could utilize to help address social justice issues that are impacting schools across the country.

My time as a Teaching Fellow, member of the Hobart football team, studying abroad in Spain and the relationships I developed with some truly amazing people and professors all helped to get me to where I am today - a high school Spanish teacher. I currently work at Central Square High School, just north of Syracuse, N.Y. I just finished my first season as an assistant football coach and look forward to getting more involved with the program. I believe that the ties and confidence I developed in myself while at HWS helped me to secure a job immediately after graduation.

As far as my plans for the future are concerned, I am really focusing on becoming the best Spanish teacher I can be. Down the road, I would like to expand the coaching program that I developed during my MAT year which seeks to develop not only good football players, but good men as well.

While I learned a lot during my time at HWS to prepare me for the "real world," I know that my real education is just beginning as I start my career in education!

*Stephanie E. Czajkowski '08
Major: Chemistry
Current Position: Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Fenway Health Research Associate
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 26

I entered college as a nervous, naive, and high-achieving teenager with hopes of a degree in chemistry, a possible future in medicine, a college basketball career, the formation of new friendships and strong bonds, and whatever fun adventures awaited in what I would come to know as the 'safe' college bubble. This bubble was dubbed 'safe' because life in college for many, myself included, is much easier and carefree than the real world outside of school filled with bills, mortgages, loan payments, utilities, apartment and job searching, etc.

I am pleased to report that I continued a pattern of excellence in the classroom and on the court. Many of my pre-William Smith goals were attained: I earned my bachelor of science degree in chemistry with a minor in women's studies; by supplementing a couple biology courses one summer, I completed my pre-medical school prerequisites in case I decided later on to go that route; I completed an impressive basketball career playing in all 113 games; I left with a small number of friends I keep in touch with to this day; and I broke out of my shell and took part in different clubs (Women's Collective, Pride, Habitat for Humanity), found work on campus (biology lab assistant, America Reads tutor), and participated in events and deals the colleges offered (most memorably whitewater rafting). I left HWS a bit more well rounded, in a relationship with the love of my life, blessed with a few mentors who guided and supported me through my four collegiate years and continue to be in my corner, and unsure of what my life would look like beyond the following three years.

HWS is where I attended my first Peace Corps informational meeting and where that spark to 'go out and change the world' was planted. Once I reached my junior year, I committed to joining the Peace Corps, nudged by a writing class assignment geared toward preparing us for life after college.

In June of 2009 my expedition began in Burkina Faso, a small landlocked country in West Africa. I spent the first three months improving my French speaking skills, learning local customs, and acclimating to the climate, food, common sicknesses, and basic way of life while living with the best host family I could have asked for. My next two years were spent in Djigouera, a small southwestern village, teaching secondary education science, math, and some English. I volunteered at the local clinic, got to know my neighbors, and challenged common male-dominated attitudes and behaviors. I tried to empower my female friends and girl students, including running a girls' club, serving as the necessary link to start a Kung Fu club. Other aspects of my day-to-day life included going to the weekly market for vegetables and necessities, living with no running water, no electricity, and using a hole in the ground as a toilet.

My Peace Corps experience replaced my naive optimism with a more realistic hopefulness and outlook of the world. It is a chapter in my life I will cherish deeply and cannot put into words all it has done for me.

My adjustment back to living in the US was not a smooth one - engulfed in a depression, experiencing severe culture shock, moving to a new environment and area, reuniting with my partner of five years, trying to understand and fill a void where my Burkina friends and experiences once were, and facing the realities of a poor economy.

After spending a couple months catching up with family and friends, I began the difficult road of job searching using the Internet, resources like "What Color is your Parachute?," which provided advice for all steps of the job-searching process, HWS career services, who offered a list of willing-to-be-contacted alumnae and alumni in my area, the support of family and friends, and my own perseverance. Luckily three months and four job interviews later, I began two part time positions: one as a Fenway Health research associate working on a brief intervention study with HIV positive men who have sex with men who drink alcohol, and second as a Starbucks barista. After eight months of improvements, knowledge gained, and relationships forged, my research team offered me a full-time position, something I had been working toward since being hired.

I am now settled in with my apartment, I continue to expand my circle of friends and contacts, and I keep in touch with my Burkina-found friends and memories as best I can. HWS started me out on my journey and has provided a support all along the way in some form or another. I am grateful for the very positive experience I had while attending William Smith College. Regarding my next chapter, I intend to pursue medicine after all, ideally enrolling in a doctor of osteopathy program by 2015.

*Molly S. DiStefano '10
Majors: Women's Studies and French and Francophone Studies
Current Position: Master of Social Work student at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 24

I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do when I started college. Fortunately, I had an excellent first-year adviser, Assistant Professor of General Curriculum James McCorkle, who encouraged me to take a range of courses and helped me create a balanced course load for my first year. I became interested in African studies, French language, and women's studies during that first year, which led me to study abroad in Senegal during my sophomore year, with the support of Professor of French and Francophone Studies George Joseph. My experience in Senegal was incredible; I learned a lot and had the opportunity to meet several prominent Senegalese authors. Upon return from Senegal, I continued my work in the women's studies program. My course work and study abroad experience became the basis of my Honors thesis on the work of Senegalese author Ken Bugul.

After graduation, I moved to Boston to work with City Year Boston. I served in an elementary school in the Boston Public School district as a tutor, mentor, and classroom support for third-grade students. I also helped run an afterschool program for 50 kids, grades 3-5. After my City Year experience, I completed another year of AmeriCorps service at a charter school in Boston. I did similar work there but this time with pre-K students. It was a lot of fun! I decided to return to school to get my master's degree so I could continue to work with students. Currently, I'm a master's student at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

My experience at William Smith was really about the friendships I formed and the supportive faculty I encountered while there. Their support and academic guidance really helped me develop into a critical thinker, a quality that will be so important as a future social worker, but one that also has served me well to date. The women's studies program and faculty, especially Professor of Women's Studies Betty Bayer, were excellent resources who helped me develop confidence and grounded me in knowledge that is relevant to everyday life, work, and which guides my social work education. I am forever grateful especially in light of the 40th anniversary of the Women’s Studies program this year! Also, being a part of CloseKnit knitting club with Rev. Lesley Adams and friends was incredible. This weekly ritual kept me calm and connected and reminded me (and still does) to slow down, listen, be thoughtful and deliberate.

In the future, I hope to become a skilled, culturally competent social worker!

*Julian Hammer '12
Major: Media and Society
Current Position: Project Coordinator at Customer Portfolios
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 23

My transition from high school to HWS could not have gone any smoother. As an early decision applicant, I was thrilled when I was accepted as a member of the class of 2011, however I did not know what major or minor to pursue at the time. During the first few months of my first year, the experiences I had allowed me to shape a concept of the path I would choose during my time at HWS. In a class taught by Assistant Professor of History and Associate Dean of Hobart Chip Capraro, we were able to meet Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, probably the most famous product of Geneva. Memorable experiences, such as this encounter with fame and success, initially sparked my interest in media and society and sociology.

In the spring of 2011, I decided to take a semester off from HWS. This was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made in my academic career. From a painful distance, I watched my friends graduate and begin to create new lives outside of school. However during this time, I was able to reflect on the past four years and conceptualize my path and the goals I would need to accomplish in order to complete my undergraduate degree in 2012. When I returned to school, I switched my major to media and society and completed my minor in sociology during the fall semester. I had a newfound motivation to finish my degree which in turn, translated into my job search after graduation.

I am currently a project coordinator for Customer Portfolios, a small, successful marketing firm located in the seaport district of South Boston. Our clients vary from large organizations like Subway and the NHL, to clothing retailers such as Vineyard Vines and Rue La La. In the spring of 2012, the Salisbury Center for Career Services provided me with Augie MacCurrach’s contact information. Augie graduated from Hobart in 1986 and is the founder and managing partner of Customer Portfolios. I immediately seized the opportunity to reach out to him and over the course of the next six months I had a series of interviews at his office. I strongly believe the motivation to succeed and the persistence to work enabled me to get a job at Customer Portfolios. In the future, I see myself still working at Customer Portfolios and creating partnerships with new and exciting clients. I grew up in Cambridge, Mass., so I love working in Boston.

*Anna Wager '09
Major: Art History
Current Position: Web Content and Academic Initiatives, Jamestown Community College
Current City: Jamestown, N.Y.
Age: 25

My entry into art history was not overly auspicious; I enrolled in an art history class in my first semester of college because everything else that I wanted to take was full-and now, I can't imagine studying anything else. Here was a whole new way of studying history, one that involved wonderful and strange and captivating works of art, which made me want to learn more about who made them and what their lives were like. I am grateful to the Houghton House faculty for approaching art history in an interdisciplinary way, and am particularly indebted to Professor of Art and Architecture Elena Ciletti, who is a model for what professors and advisers should be. Being Professor Ciletti's Honors student not only made me a more socially conscious and self-aware art historian, it also made me a better human being.

The turning point for me was studying abroad in Norwich, England, at the University of East Anglia. I was the only American in my flat and in most of my classes, and this experience caused me to become more confident and independent. I had to give hour-long lectures in my three seminars, which forced me to get over a shyness of presenting. This made graduate school much, much easier! Being so close to European museums also meant seeing some of the artworks that I had studied in class, in person, which was a fantastic feeling.

After graduating, I moved to Brooklyn, where I interned at the Brooklyn Museum in the digital collections and services department. My tasks were to scan, edit, and archive photographs, and do basic provenance research for curators. I was fortunate enough to have a work-study position with Visual Arts Curator Kathryn Vaughn during my four years at HWS, and she taught me not only how to digitize and edit images, but also how to treat objects with the joy and respect they deserve. Working with Kathryn as an art collection intern prepared me for my position at the Brooklyn Museum, and my current job as web content editor at Jamestown Community College.

I graduated from Indiana University in May 2012 with my M.A., after completing a thesis on the iconology of Mary Magdalen and prostitute culture in Renaissance Venice. While at IU I taught sections of "Art 102: Renaissance to Modern," and loved it. Teaching forced me to learn the material very well, and my favorite part was bringing my students to the museum and having discussions in front of the artworks. I definitely plan to continue teaching in some capacity, and I may pursue a Ph.D. to become an art history professor. Or I may take up archiving, manage a historical house, work in a rare books library, become a professional pie maker, travel more, take more languages, make more art, and write art historically-accurate mysteries—or, ideally, a combination of all these things. Having so many options for what I do next is both liberating and a bit scary, but I know that the HWS community will have adequately prepared me to go out and be brave.

*Mark Bruce '11
Majors: Psychology and Education
Current Position: Graduate Student, Teacher and Basketball Coach
Current City: Rochester, N.Y.
Age: 23

When I began college I initially chose to take the science route, but unfortunately that did not work out. After discussing it with my family, friends and school advisers, I chose to major in psychology and education. Most of my experiences going into college were all youth-related jobs so I knew this was a smart option. The decision was one of the best choices I made, second only to deciding to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Currently, I'm living in Rochester, N.Y. I'm a graduate student, and also work as a teacher and a basketball coach/trainer. I work at a charter school called the Leadership Academy for Young Men (LAFYM). I am also the head coach of the boys' JV basketball team and assistant coach of the varsity team at Charlotte High School.

I'm just finishing my first semester at SUNY Brockport, where I am studying to become a school counselor. I realized I wanted to become a counselor when I returned home from England, after trying out for three teams in the British Basketball League. When I came back to the States I landed the job of coaching the freshman team at Charlotte. While coaching, I started regularly substitute teaching for Charlotte and LAFYM. The time I spent with the students and my players made me realize that this was the path I wanted to pursue.

HWS provided me with the tools needed to get to where I am now. I had a great deal of help and guidance from my professors, like Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain, who wrote me a beautiful recommendation letter that ensured I was choosing the right path. Also, being a part of the Hobart basketball team and the family environment within that, I developed the skills to help me succeed in the real world.

In terms of the future, I have high expectations for myself. I have a long journey, but I know with time, hard work, and dedication I will get there. I plan to graduate with my master's degree in school counseling, and I hope to remain in an urban setting, and also coach at the varsity level. Without my four years at HWS, and the people I met along the way, I don't know where I would be today. So for that I give thanks to HWS and those who were a part of my experience.

*Serena Holtsinger '12
Major: Sociology
Current Position: Customer Insights Associate and Stylist at Rent the Runway
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 22

When I came to HWS, I was set on studying psychology - I liked the feeling of helping others, and had gotten an A in my psychology class in high school. After taking Intro to Sociology with Professor Jim Spates during my first year at HWS, my major was decided upon. I found sociology enthralling, and couldn't get enough of what he and my other sociology professors had to say about how society functions, why it functions that way, and most importantly, what we can do to effect positive change. In my time at HWS, I ended up taking almost every sociology class offered, as well as classes in anthropology, media and society, urban studies, and a few independent studies, such as "The Sociology of Fashion and Its Markets" and "Native American Creative Ceremonial Dress."

I started a fashion blog called Material Therapy my first year, where I would post do-it-yourself ideas, photo editorials, and products that I thought deserved mention. This segued into a jewelry company, Shop Material Therapy, during my junior year, which I continued until I graduated. In regard to school-sponsored extracurricular activities, the Arts Collective is the club I was most involved with at HWS. We planned a lot of events, but my personal favorite was the annual fashion show - completely run, designed for, and modeled by students. I was a model my first year, a designer my sophomore and junior years, and choreographed the whole show my senior year. It was great to work with so many talented people and see the culmination of so much creativity!

The summer before my junior year, I had an internship in the design division of a dress company called Eliza J in NYC (the head designer is a graduate of William Smith), where I learned the process of clothing design and construction firsthand, in addition to getting a taste for what the fashion industry is like in general. I learned that the industry is very competitive as a rule, and that internships are invaluable in getting your foot in the door. The HWS Career Services Office was incredibly helpful in finding new opportunities and creating valuable connections between alums and students interested in their respective field.

My time as a senior intern at the Office of Admissions really compounded on my prior knowledge of interpersonal skills, interviewing, and the college search process in general. The skills I learned while interviewing prospective students in the Admissions Office proved to be invaluable when I was actually having my own interviews for full-time job positions.

The professors at HWS are undoubtedly its biggest asset, in my opinion; they're very accessible and are personally invested in your success. They offer so many different perspectives and really push you to reach your potential, and I'm very thankful that I had the privilege of sitting in many of their classes.

Currently, I'm a customer insights associate/stylist at a start-up called Rent the Runway. We rent out gorgeous dresses and accessories to women who suffer from closet-full-of-clothes-and-nothing-to-wear syndrome. I found out about the position through Pam Lysohir P'12 who knew the RTR fashion director, interviewed with four different members of their team, and went from there. It's exciting to be somewhere with an extremely talented, dynamic team at a company so rapidly expanding.

As for future plans, I'm always looking for opportunities that will allow me to mesh my sociology degree with the field of fashion, and I also plan to travel. I'm confident that wherever I end up next, my experience at HWS has provided me with the tools to succeed.

*Daniel M. Kolinski '12
Majors: Biology and Environmental Studies
Current Position: Account Manager, Mack/Crounse Group
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 23

I came to Hobart and William Smith undecided on what major I wanted to pursue. I knew that I wanted to do something with the environment and perhaps policy, but was not sure. I ended up being placed in "Democracy and Public Policy" with Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman, and was enticed by the course. I decided, however, to double major in biology and environmental studies, as they were more complementary with one another. As I continued at the Colleges, I realized that while I loved the work I was doing in my biology courses, I could not foresee a future in which I found a career in a biology-related field. As a result, I shifted my focus back to public policy during my senior year and decided I wanted to move to Washington, D.C. I took part in the Colleges' Day on the Hill event and was able to meet with a variety of alums who have worked and lived in D.C.. I became close with Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman who agreed to work with me on an independent study focusing on campaigns for public office.

As senior year was winding down, I applied to dozens of positions in Washington, D.C., and with the help of Jessica Evangelista Balduzzi '05, I secured an internship with the direct mail firm Mack/Crounse Group. During my first few weeks with the company, I worked in the operation department performing any task set before me. Many of the jobs were tedious and tiresome but I tackled each one with energy and enthusiasm. Before long, one of the partners offered me a position as an account manager.

I currently work as an account manager for Mack/Crounse Group but with the election over I will be moving on to other opportunities. While at Mack/Crounse Group, I helped manage clients such as President Barack Obama, Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Alan Grayson. On a daily basis, I worked in a fast‐paced environment in which I managed portfolios for each client, created strategic mail plans, built and maintained budgets, and wrote political literature. This experience was unlike anything I had ever had before. I was able to learn so much from individuals who had been working in direct mail for a majority of their lives.

I think that my story demonstrates the power of a liberal arts education today. When I first arrived on campus I was sure that post-graduation I would be performing some sort of environmental work. However, my professors taught me to broaden my horizons and expand my knowledge and expectations. This allowed me to rethink the possibilities and ultimately led me to Washington. Beyond the outstanding education the Colleges provided me, I know that we have one of the best alum networks in the country. Uprooting my life to move to a new city, I learned that the alums in this area are like a second family and will help you. Whether it is passing along a resume, introducing you to potential employers or simply grabbing a drink after work, there is always a familiar face ready to help and even swap stories from their time at HWS. I could not be more grateful for the opportunities the Colleges and the alum network have provided to me.

Looking to the future, I hope to get a job on Capitol Hill working in the office of a member of Congress. Beyond that I hope to work in many fields as I determine what type of career will eventually be appropriate for me. I intend to go back to school to earn a graduate degree, most likely in the D.C. area. I also plan to stay involved with the Colleges so that I may one day be able to provide future graduates the same opportunities that have been provided to me.

*Shavonne Ward '09
Major: Psychology
Current Position: Chair and Instructor of fifth grade Language Arts at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School
Current City: Helena, Arkansas
Age: 25

Before arriving to William Smith, I had my plans set. I was going to major in psychology, apply to graduate school, and become a child psychologist. Fast forward to my junior year-I was a psychology major with a double minor in child advocacy and peer education in human relations and I decided I wanted to explore my options within child advocacy. I had taken quite a few education courses, and found working with children in a school setting was of interest to me.

I am currently the grade level chair and instructor of fifth grade Language Arts at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School in Helena, Ark. It's amazing how life brings you full circle. Growing up in the South Bronx, I attended a middle school by the name of KIPP Academy. During my tenure at KIPP, there were only two of these charter schools in the nation. Currently, there are more than 100 in the nation. It is truly a blessing to teach my kids, through pedagogy that reared me into the person I am today.

I applied to Teach for America during my senior year at William Smith. My placement was the Mississippi Delta. I was ecstatic about being placed in a rural area. Because I was a recipient of schooling in urban and suburban areas, I wanted to understand the struggles of rural education. This was a driving force when I ranked placement areas of interest on my application.

When I applied to Teach for America, one component of the process was a five-minute sample lesson plan. CCESL Director Katie Flowers was extremely helpful in forming a committee of professors from across campus to provide me with feedback on the lesson plan component of my interview with Teach for America. Even though I did not major in education, I felt extremely supported and informed from friends, professors and administrators. During my four years at my beloved alma mater, William Smith and Hobart became my village, which was rearing me for the next step in my Iife.

I completed my commitment with Teach for America two years ago. I am teaching for a fourth year in Arkansas. The relationships that I have been blessed to develop with families and students is what keeps me motivated, inspired and vibrant in the mist of challenges that are inevitable in education. I don't know where life will take me next, but I am very sure my lifelong commitment and passion to work for and with children will continue. The longer I work with children I realize they fulfill me with curiosity, dreams, and hope for a better today, tomorrow, and future.

*Steve Anliot '09
Major: Architectural Studies
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Michigan
Current City: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Age: 25

When I arrived at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I had my mind set on pursuing a degree in architectural studies. Under the guidance of my adviser, Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Stan Mathews and Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies Kirin Makker, I gained valuable design experience and began to develop the skills necessary to excel as a designer. Through their enthusiastic support and devoted commitment to my success, I not only assembled a fantastic portfolio of work, but also forged friendships that have extended beyond graduation.

Currently, I am in my third and final year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where I am pursuing a master's degree in architecture. The experiences I've gained here have been great. One recent course focused on the mechanics of graphic design, culminating in the installation of urban wallpaper that I designed and printed myself. Another was a design-build class, which focused on robotic fabrication to produce an interactive and collaborative space made out of bent steel rod, which was commissioned by one of the University of Michigan's research complexes. My studio this fall semester took me to Guangzhou, China, to gain a sense of the fast pace and culture of Chinese design by collaborating with a design firm and a developer on a real residential project.

After graduating from HWS in 2009, I actively pursued a job at a handful of architecture firms in my hometown of Boston. Unfortunately, given the state of the economy at the time, most firms had been forced to downsize substantially and as a result, I changed my focus to graduate school. During that year, I worked for the local YMCA as a lifeguard, swim teacher/coach while preparing for the GRE and completing applications for graduate school. After receiving acceptance from several schools, I chose to attend Michigan for its highly renowned emphasis on the integration of technology and digital fabrication within the architectural realm.

One of the best things about being an HWS alum is the sense of community that your time on campus fosters, which continues beyond graduation. While on campus, the career services office prepared me for the post-graduation job search, helping me to revamp my resume and prepare for interviews. Professors Makker and Mathews were instrumental in helping me set up a work-study experience under Chris Button, senior project manager at HWS, during which I actively participated in the design of the renovation of the architectural studio space at Houghton House and sat in on various preliminary meetings for the new Performing Arts Center. The experience provided insight into the project management aspect of architecture through the lens of a real project. Lastly, the bonds I forged with classmates and roommates have resulted in strong friendships that will last a lifetime.

As for my plans for the future, after graduating from Michigan with my master's degree, I hope to return to the Boston area to work and begin to log the hours necessary to be able to sit for the architectural licensing exam with the long-term goal of opening my own design practice.

*Stephanie Eggen '08
Major: English
Current Position: Teacher, Baltimore City Public Schools
Current City: Baltimore, Md.
Age: 26

For as long as I can remember, I have been scribbling stories on loose leaf pieces of paper, receipts, junk mail, inside covers of picture books and novels, and now that I'm older, an iPhone and well-worn MacBook. Despite this urge to translate ideas and images into art, my mother - in particular - assured me that life as a starving artist was more pathetic than romantic. She suggested - nay, required - that I put my education first and at least try to study something that would have some marketability in the future. She pushed me gently toward HWS, which was less than an hour and a half from where I grew up.

That first fall, I took a variety of classes, which was valuable because it allowed me to determine that I did not have a future as a geoscientist. I joined America Reads as a way to make extra money and thoroughly enjoyed tutoring my assigned third-grader at LaFayette Elementary School. My first-year seminar professor, Jasper Bernes, a man whose intelligence (and vocabulary) so awed me that I often felt dumbstruck around him, recommended me for the Writing Colleague Program, and thus my true writing education began under Mary Salibrici. I also took every creative writing class I possibly could, mostly with Professors Karl Parker and Melanie Conroy-Goldman, both personal heroes of mine.

I studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, my junior year, which ultimately led to my interest in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship. My classmates were developing their plans, going on job interviews or getting their acceptance letters to graduate school, and I put all my chips into teaching English in Malaysia. It was pretty foolish, but I blame it on my youth. Luckily, my foolishness was rewarded. I spent seven months in Malaysia meeting some of the greatest people I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with, and most of them were 5-10 years my junior. I also had ample breaks, during which I traveled all over Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Again I was being asked about my plans for the future, but this time, I decided to shock my entire family and move to Chicago.

Once there, I worked temp jobs until I landed something more permanent at a fitness center downtown. It was then that I began to seriously consider teaching and was encouraged to apply for Teach for America. I was accepted and placed in Baltimore, one of the most notoriously difficult cities to teach in. Nevertheless, I packed my bags and settled into "The Greatest City in America" (at least that's what the rotting benches next to the bus stops say).

I am in my third year here in Baltimore, and this has, without a doubt, been the greatest challenge of my life. I have almost 40 students in all of my classes, a tiny room, mounds of paperwork and grading, pressure from the district and state, and disgruntled colleagues. Sometimes it's enough to want to bash your head into a wall. However, I have absolutely wonderful students who deserve better than what they're getting. They are being done a grave injustice.

My love of teaching my content - English, and for two years, social studies - and my students are why I continue to do this seemingly backbreaking work. This past May (2012), I finished my master's degree in urban education at Johns Hopkins University. I had to miss school to attend the graduation ceremony, but when I returned, several of my students had made me a congratulations poster and gave me presents. I can admit that I teared up a little. This past summer, I volunteered as an education policy fellow for my friend Senator Bill Ferguson (from the 46th district here in Baltimore), and was given a greater perspective on all of the vast issues that we face in education reform. Spoiler alert: they are great and very complex.

These days, I am still teaching and writing curriculum for Baltimore City Public Schools that is used by all eighth grade teachers in the district. I was also just invited to write curriculum for the state of Maryland as we transition to the Common Core State Standards. In addition to all of these responsibilities, I have written about half of a young adult novel set here in Baltimore and inspired by the challenges my students face. I will also be doing some writing on a blog for Teach for America about the art and practice of teaching... as you can see, I keep myself busy, and that is what I plan to continue to do.

*Kwame Lovell '10
Major: Media and Society
Current Position: Associate Media Planner, Heartbeat Ideas
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 24

I entered college in the summer of 2006, a 17-year-old without a distinct expectation or vision for the next four years, but with a quiet confidence that I was in for a great ride. I'd only discovered (or been discovered by) HWS about eight months earlier and was immediately attracted to the interdisciplinary academic focus, the beauty of the Finger Lakes, its relative closeness to the Albany area where I grew up, and an intangible feeling of community intimacy, yet sense of grandeur, I felt while strolling through Pulteney Street on my initial visit to campus. It helped that the nationally-ranked football program sold me on early playing time.

After my first season on the gridiron was cut short due to injury, I had more time to focus on my academics and even volunteer a bit in the community. After taking a wide range of courses my first year ranging from introductory courses in sociology, political science, economics, writing and rhetoric and fine arts, I began realizing my affinity for the social sciences. More importantly, I re-gained a passion for learning that quite frankly I'd lost in high school. The next year, I declared a major in media and society to bridge my various interests and study how all of these subjects converged across the evolving media landscape. Besides, who could pass up watching movies in class?

My education enabled me to gain a much deeper appreciation and understanding of the history of Hollywood film as an important critique of American culture, documentary filmmaking, film and production techniques, and media consumption and distribution patterns in the digital age. The valuable writing and rhetoric courses I took helped me identify my communication style and improved my communication skills. One particular course I took in digital rhetoric introduced me to copywriting and typography, which helped inspire an interest in advertising that I would later follow.

Outside of academics and athletics, the career services office and various other administrative departments around HWS played a role in my development. I was able to delve into internships in public relations, film distribution marketing, web development, and higher education, while keeping my options open and exploring new opportunities. Maybe the best opportunity of all was taking advantage of the Colleges’ nationally distinguished study abroad program, spending my last semester in London, England. During my time there, I formed great relationships and learned more about myself as I was immersed in other cultures.

After returning and graduating, my job search and alumni networking landed me an entry level job in ad sales as a sales assistant at ABC Television Network in New York City. While at Disney/ABC, I learned the fundamentals of selling television advertising, Nielsen television audience measurement and the role of advertising at a major publisher of content. After almost two years, I decided to leave my role at ABC Network Sales to experience another side of the business, buying online media. I currently work as a display media planner at Heartbeat Ideas, a full-service digital ad agency based in New York. In my current role, I help plan and buy online advertising on behalf of two pharmacuetical brands across various websites, ad networks and social networks. I’m at the core of campaign creation and part of a small group of creative minded people aiming to serve the right messaging to the right consumer, at the right place, at the right time, for the right price. It's a bit more analytical and quantitative than all of my past experiences and I'm looking forward to growing additional skill sets in a field that’s constantly growing.

I'm thankful to so many friends, acquaintances, professors, coaches and administrators in my time at HWS as I formed an important foundation for the rest of my life.

*Kiersten Hamilton '12
Major: Economics and Asian Languages and Culture
Current Position: Treasury Management Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 22

Coming into college after high school was a unique experience. By joining the William Smith field hockey team, and having my sister, Kaitlyn '10, already on campus, it allowed me to become completely immersed in the culture and setting of the Colleges. I knew that I enjoyed the wide world of business and finance, which led me toward majoring in economics. A love for learning languages guided me toward my other major, Asian languages and culture. I spent the next four years focusing on various economics and finance courses, learning Chinese, and playing the sport I loved.

After graduating in May 2012, I joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a treasury management analyst in New York City. I am currently in my first six-month rotation working with the US Financial Institutions sales team and dealing with daily transaction services and cash management needs of large banks and broker-dealers.

The process of receiving my offer from BofAML was an interesting journey. In the summer of 2010, I had a five-week internship at Janney Montgomery Scott in Boston, working rotating shifts with equity syndicates, researchers, and sales teams. Through this internship, I gained various skills for the finance industry while connecting with Hobart alum Will Corkhill '87. The following summer, I obtained a 10-week internship with BofAML in the treasury management analyst program (TMAP) as an analyst on the healthcare sales team. Working throughout the summer with other interns, networking with alums (Aileen Gleason '85, Brittany Gannon O’Shea '06 and Lindsey Farrell '08), and living in New York City for the summer, allowed me to understand the world of treasury management for large corporate companies and helped me decide that this is where I wanted to begin my career.

HWS was a key ingredient to the professional path I have chosen. Through career services connections and meetings with Vice President of Enrollment Bob Murphy, I was able to have amazing experiences in two different internships in two different cities. By networking with alums, I was able to find the career of my choice that best fitted where I wanted to be at the time.

I feel extremely lucky to have a job and career path that I thoroughly enjoy so early after graduation. I expect after my rotational program to join a permanent team at BofAML as an analyst for a couple of years and then work my way up through the Global Transactions Services segment.

*Matt Wilson '10
Major: Political Science and Contemporary Middle East Conflict (individual major)
Current Position: Peace Corps Volunteer
Current city: Dilla, Ethiopia
Age: 25

Early in my HWS career I decided that I wanted to spend some time off the beaten track... way off. When I considered joining the Peace Corps, I began researching all I could and as it turned out, HWS was one of the best places on the planet to do just that. I attended four information sessions held on campus and even met with President Mark Gearan. As the former Director of the Peace Corps, he proved to be a wonderful resource and was more than happy to talk with me. That meeting led me to a small town in Southern Ethiopia, where I am serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer.

When I began my academic journey at HWS, I wanted to major in political science. Because of the unique experience Hobart provided, I graduated with a double major in political science as well as contemporary Middle East conflict (an individual major). My first-year seminar was called "Facets of Islam" with Professor of History Susanne McNally. It was originally my second choice; what a fantastic second choice it turned out to be. It was in that seminar that I discovered my intellectual interest in the Middle East. Once I realized my fascination with Middle Eastern history, religion and politics, I began taking every class I could on the subject. I had no plans to major or minor in Middle East studies, I simply had a profound curiosity and kept enrolling in classes because I enjoyed them. During my junior year, Assistant Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav told me that I should take stock of all my Middle East classes and do something with them. After some research, I realized that I had taken almost an entire major's worth of Middle East classes and approached Yadav who offered to become my individual major adviser. The experience enabled us to establish a friendship that I value today.

Although Professor McNally was my adviser during my first year, I sought her counsel many times. When I first discussed with her my plans to study abroad she gave me the best advice one could ever receive; she suggested that I go somewhere, anywhere, that I would most likely never visit on my own. That prompted me to spend an amazing semester at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

I have been serving in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for the past 21 months and have five months left in my assignment. I am part of the first Peace Corps-Ethiopia education group in the past 25 years. In my role as an English Language Teacher Trainer, I work in two government primary schools as well as with United States Agency for International Development and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education to expand and improve the teaching force in Ethiopia.

I look back on my time at HWS and am grateful that I was given the opportunity to better myself at a place where you are not simply a number. While at HWS I served as co-chair of the Stewardson Society, was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, raised almost $100,000 for the Colleges as a Student Ambassador at HWS Connect, played club hockey, intramural volleyball and soccer, and was an intramural sports referee. Hobart instilled in me the value of being part of something bigger than myself, a value I carry with me today as a volunteer in Africa and will carry with me into my future professional and personal life, however far off the beaten path that may be.

*Nicholas Batson '11
Major: Architectural Studies
Current Position: Graduate Student/M.Arch. Candidate, University at Buffalo
Current City: Buffalo, N.Y.
Age: 23

Ever since I was young, I wanted to be an architect. I had several interests growing up, everything from history to martial arts, but I always liked to create and build things. I came to Hobart and William Smith with the idea of becoming an architect, holding onto my childhood dream. I didn't have much of an artistic or design background, though, but that was part of my reason for coming to the Colleges. The architecture program didn't require much experience to become a part of the major, and it allowed me flexibility to take classes from other departments. I started with my first-year seminar "Structure and Form" taught by Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Stan Mathews, who would become my adviser. From that semester on, I always had a class at Houghton House, where I began to learn about architecture and design.

Now I'm in the middle of my second year at the University at Buffalo, working towards my master's degree. I'm learning a great deal more about architecture, from digital fabrication to technical knowledge, but I still have fun creating and developing my designs. Each studio I take requires that I travel throughout the city and study a site, which I design within. Not only does this allow me to gain practical knowledge, it teaches me about the city and how I can bring my own style to the area. I also participate in NOMAS, an organization for minority architects, and have a graduate assistantship with the architecture department's office.

I have learned a lot about the profession since coming to Buffalo, but I would not have been able to be here without the instruction I received at HWS. I learned a lot about design through studios with Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies Kirin Makker and architectural history from Stan Mathews. I had the great opportunity to study architecture abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester, and travel throughout Europe. I also interned with Dan Long, an architect in downtown Geneva, who is actually a Buffalo alum, and worked with Chris Button in Buildings and Grounds, learning how project managers work.

At the same time, I was still able to explore a variety of other interests through involvement with several other organizations. I was a brother in Phi Sigma Kappa, a member of the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Asian Student Union, and the Classics society Eta Sigma Phi, and a writer for the Herald. I worked on campus as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions and a writer for Office of Communications as well. All of my college experiences, both in and out of my major, helped me to be versatile, something that architects and designers ought to be in dealing with different clients and looking for inspiration.

The most important thing about graduating from HWS has been being a part of its community. The connections I made while on campus were invaluable. I received help from offices such as career services and alumni services to help prepare me for life beyond Geneva. I made great friends with other students, as well as faculty and staff. If I have questions or need help, I know I can turn to HWS and there is always someone willing to help me.

Right now, I am working through the rest of the semester and patiently waiting to go abroad again, this time to study in Ireland and travel around the coast. After that, I return to finish my last few semesters, in which I focus on specific interests, likely somewhere in historic preservation or universal design. I hope to continue following my dream in architecture and work for a firm in a larger city, like Boston or New York, in order to gain experience to test for my license. I want to find a job that will blend the interests and skills that I've developed and allow me to make a contribution to the design world.

*Farhang Dadfar '11
Major: Architecture
Current Position: Designer, BAKH-Architecture
Current City: Shanghai, China
Age: 25

As an avid traveler I have always been fascinated by the concept of exploring. To experience a foreign landscape is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world to me. So the idea of finding joy through exploring new perspectives was imprinted in my mind. Knowing this nature of myself, entering Hobart, I had a generalized idea that I wanted to pursue something that wasn't going to dull my mind by being monotonous or restricted to certain limits.

After spending my first year taking a few classes on philosophy, sociology, and sciences, Hobart's interdisciplinary education made me realize there is a core element shared in all my courses. I was so infatuated with the idea of interconnectedness of disciplines that I decided to chase it. After taking another year of classes, I finally took a course with Stanley Mathews, associate professor of art and architecture, and through his enthusiastic and devoted methods of teaching I found architecture to be the converging point of all this interconnectedness. My Hobart education taught me how to channel my passion for exploration and combine that with the creative and innovative nature of architectural design and make a career out of it.

Immediately after graduation I began improving my work portfolio. It took me eight months to finally find an opportunity that was geared toward my career goals. And that was working in China. Currently, I work as the youngest designer in BAKH-Architecture, an internationally known architecture firm based in Shanghai. Our projects and clients are usually categorized as the top five percent of global architecture. I worked along with my coworkers on a few billion-dollar projects for companies such as FoxConn and Swissotel. At BAKH I have also had the liberty of designing my own schemes for a few smaller projects, such as China's first private airport and a few office buildings in Shanghai.

As a Baha'i person, whom due to religious persecution was denied higher education in my former country of residence (Iran), my almost forgone dream of going to college came true via HWS, and I am very grateful for that. My Hobart academic counselor, Professor of Art and Architecture Ted Aub, was also a major influence in my success. His passionate and fun methods of teaching made the experience of learning pretty unique.

As for the future, I am not sure what I am going to do or where I will be. I am still longing to push for new frontiers. Since I am working on perfecting my German language as well, maybe working in Europe could be my next move. However, most definitely I am attending graduate school in the U.S. in the near future.

*Corey McClintock '12
Major: Political Science
Current Position: Sales and Service Associate, The Bozzuto Group
Current City: Frederick, Md.
Age: 22

When I began my college search, I knew I wanted a small liberal arts school at least six hours away from my small hometown in Maryland. I wanted to explore somewhere that I had never been before and had an urge to travel. After talking with family friend and HWS Trustee Tom Bozzuto '68, he suggested that HWS would be a wonderful fit for me. After visiting campus, I knew Hobart and William Smith Colleges was the perfect fit.

As a first-year, I was not sure what I wanted to study but I knew that the liberal arts curriculum would allow me to explore my individual interests. After taking an introductory political science class with Professor Iva Deutchman, I found a newly sparked interest for political science. This path allowed me to study abroad in Galway, Ireland, where I studied comparative politics at the National University of Ireland.

After doing several internships in the realm of politics, I came to learn that this was in fact not the pathway that I would like to pursue as a career. Through my internship at both the Chamber of Commerce and in alumni house at HWS, I found that I loved meeting new people and was always eager to see how my skill set could help them. Whether this was through fundraising for my senior class gift with the Stewardson Society or recruiting new members for the Chamber with their sales team, I knew I was passionate about engaging with those around me.

During my senior year, I reached out once again to Tom Bozzuto to learn more about his company, The Bozzuto Group, an integrated real estate company. After two interviews, I was offered a position as a sales and service associate. I am currently working at a Bozzuto property in North Bethesda and am learning something new each and every day about real estate and property management. In my position, I help prospective residents understand the value of leasing at a Bozzuto property, help to plan various residential events, and draft weekly market surveys with competitors in the Washington, D.C. area.

My unique position here has allowed me to use all of my skills that I learned at HWS. From the quantitative aspect of the real estate industry to engaging my sales and closing tactics, HWS allowed me to embark on a career that poses new challenges each day. Through alumni/ae connections, HWS prepares students to pave their own pathway to success and true happiness. While I am unsure of what the future holds for me, whether in real estate or even fundraising, I am confident that HWS has prepped me for anything in life.

*Samantha Dighton '12
Majors: Writing and Rhetoric and Dance
Position: Books Marketing Assistant at the National Geographic Society
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Age: 23

When I first arrived at HWS, I knew I wanted to pursue two passions: writing and dance. By double majoring, I was able to pursue both in a way where the creativity of one fed the discoveries of the other in the interdisciplinary manner that is so characteristic of the Colleges. The lessons I took from both majors and from my professors have been instrumental not only in launching my career in publishing but in learning to navigate the professional world.

From the very beginning of college, I had my sights set on working in the book publishing industry. After my first year-and the two summers following-I interned with Hachette Book Group, a major publishing house in New York City, working under William Smith alumna Martha Stillman Otis '81. She continues to be an incredible mentor for me within this industry, and was a huge asset during my post-graduation job hunt.

Being a well-rounded William Smith alum means I have experienced an interdisciplinary way of learning, and I am able to juggle many extracurricular opportunities. When I moved to Washington, D.C., one week after graduation, this flexible way of thinking was key to my job search. It definitely wasn't easy to get to the job I was aiming for. At one point, I was working four different "part-time" jobs (for a company planning author tours, for a book retailer, as a freelance literary agent, and as a researcher for a documentary filmmaker). Yet similar to the varied courses within my majors, each one of these "interdisciplinary" life experiences have had a direct bearing on how I operate in my job today.

I'm currently working for the National Geographic Society in the book publishing division. I am a member of the books marketing team, promoting titles through advertising, publicity and events, and various other marketing channels. One of the major aspects of my position is working through social media outlets to engage with consumers and spread the National Geographic's core values of "curiosity and innovation." The writing and rhetoric courses I took while in school have been a huge asset in this regard.

Working at a place like National Geographic feels like such a perfect fit after my time at HWS. The organization's mission statement of "inspiring people to care about the planet" is in line with what I value most about HWS - a commitment to global citizenship and leading a life of consequence.

*Shane P. Simon '10
Majors: Political Science and History
Current Position: Law Student; Judicial Clerk – U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York
Current City: Syracuse, N.Y.
Age: 25

On that sunny August afternoon in 2006 when I matriculated at Hobart College and shook President Mark Gearan's hand on the steps of Coxe Hall, I took the first step toward becoming an attorney. I could not have known it then, but my four years at the Colleges would prepare me for the challenges of law school and beyond.

Prior to college, I had a keen interest in politics. Naturally, I chose to double major in political science and history. The day I met Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman, I knew I had made the right choice and I went on to pursue Honors in political science. As part of this rigorous, year-long academic experience, I authored an 80-page thesis on political realignment theory and defended my work in front of a panel of distinguished academics. Working with Professor Deutchman, I had the chance to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. during my senior year.

At the Colleges, I also had the fantastic opportunity to study in Bath, England. As a history buff, this was a dream come true. In London, I had the chance to explore the Parliament War Rooms, where Winston Churchill directed the British war effort while the Blitz raged around him. In Ireland, I toured the streets of Dublin and the halls of Kilmainham Jail, where the 1916 Easter Uprising occurred. In France, I walked the sandy shores of Omaha Beach on a blustery gray morning, better understanding the momentous sacrifice of June 6, 1944. All of these memories would not have been possible without the incredible Global Education program at HWS.

Beyond academics, Hobart rugby offered me the chance to test my athletic abilities and form friendships with teammates and alumni. Even now, I stay involved with the team and have the opportunity to meet and network with current students.

Perhaps my most important experience occurred when Professor Deutchman encouraged me to participate in the "Day on the Hill" program, a two-day event where HWS students travel to Washington, D.C., and meet with members of Congress, lobbyists, and other influential political leaders and advocates. Inspired by the experience, I applied for a position as a Congressional Intern with my Congressman, Patrick J. Murphy, and worked on Capitol Hill during the summer of 2009. On the Hill, I was involved in several key pieces of legislation—including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This unforgettable experience solidified my desire to attend law school.

Currently, I am in my final semester of law school at Syracuse University College of Law. At Syracuse, I've clerked for a federal judge, interned with the U. S. Attorney’s Office, and competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition-the world's largest and oldest moot court competition. This July, I will be sitting for the New York State Bar. After graduation I will join Smith, Sovik, Kendrick and Sugnet, P.C., a mid-size law firm in Syracuse. In the coming years, I hope to establish myself as an effective, successful civil defense attorney and increase my involvement as a Hobart alumnus.

I can say without any hesitation that attending HWS was the best decision I’ve made in my life. During my time at the Colleges, I formed friendships that will last a lifetime and developed the skills I needed to be successful in law school and the future.

*Aleksey Koval '10
Double Major: Economics and International Relations
Current Position: Head of Business Development, SvitSoft Ltd.
Current City: Kiev, Ukraine
Age: 28

Making the decision to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges was hard because I had to leave my friends and family and fly more than 5,000 miles overseas, but it was necessary, because I knew that by attending HWS I would have a chance to get a different education than in Ukraine. Different in two ways: first, the way classes are taught; second, the student experiences. Not only did I learn a new language, study, play hockey, and meet many great people who later became my long-time friends, but also had a chance to look at myself outside of my normal environment.

After graduating from HWS, I worked for a NGO organization based in New York City, as well as for a for-profit company in the field of international trade and financing, IT and project development. Looking to apply my professional skills and gain more experience, I returned to Ukraine and joined SvitSoft Ltd. - a digital marketing agency. Currently I am the head of business development for SvitSoft. I oversee new, existing, and complex projects, while developing new skills particularly in Internet marketing and web solutions. I added an international focus to the company's overall strategy and am in charge of looking for domestic and international partner companies.

Recently, I led a number of projects for the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, British Embassy in Ukraine, and Ombudsman on Human Rights in Ukraine. These opportunities were realized partially due to my economics and international relations education. The projects were not only interesting, but also got me named to the "40 leaders under 40" in Ukraine. In December, I traveled to Washington, D.C., with the First U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Popaduk, U.S. Ambassador John Tefft, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the U. S. to meet with dignitaries and corporate executives in the political and business communities, and attend a conference and gala event.

I was fortunate to earn a spot on The Open World Leadership Center delegation. Along with four other delegates from Ukraine, I traveled to Texas to meet with various government representatives including state judges, hospital CEOs, police chiefs, and others. The Open World program is sponsored by the U.S. Congress and focuses on various exchange programs to foster democracy and intergovernmental and business cooperation.

Of greatest value to me now is the knowledge and interpersonal skills I gained while studying at HWS as well as the international mindset that I developed while working with foreign managers. This year, I am also working on opening my own firm in a specific sphere of Internet marketing.

*Caitlin Baker '11
Majors: Biology and Anthropology
Current Position: Assistant Supervisor of a Children's Autistic Unit at Hillside Family
of Agencies
Current City: Geneva, N.Y.
Age: 23

I came to HWS an eager 17-year-old, determined to pursue my dream of becoming a physician. Fortunately, my dreams never wavered, even despite tedious science courses such as organic chemistry and physics that kept me working all hours in what I called the "bat cave,"... which was really just the biology lounge. I decided to add a second disciplinary major in anthropology, which meant more work and additional classes, but proved to be fundamental in shaping my outlook in the sciences and humanities. This decision has undoubtedly given me an advantage on my road to medical school and as well as in my present occupation.

Currently, I am an assistant supervisor at Hillside Family of Agencies Children's Center at the Varick campus in Romulus, N.Y. Hillside provides a range of treatment services for youth and their families, but I specifically work in the DAS program, where treatment is centered on youth with developmental disabilities. As an assistant supervisor, I help run an eight-bed unit for autistic boys ages 12-21, observing unit staff in their performance of daily responsibilities, and also directly working with youth and providing care that follows their therapeutic treatment plans. I work with the unit supervisor, clinician, and the program's case manager to ensure that youth are receiving care that reflects their needs, and that care plans link their goals into everyday activities and scheduling. What I love most about my job is how it allows me to combine my background in biology with my experiences in the humanities to better serve the clients.

My current position is not my first employment opportunity caring for youth with developmental disabilities. Before attending HWS, I worked as a residential associate for the Center for Discovery in Harris, N.Y., at a pediatric unit where I provided hands on care for boys with autism, down syndrome, and other special needs. Upon graduating, however, it took some time and patience to find the right fit for my skills in the Geneva area.

The connections and experiences I've gained through HWS have absolutely been beneficial in my progress towards my career path thus far. Professors such as Tom Glover, Kristy Kenyon, Alan van Giessen, Brenda Maiale and Jeff Anderson were all mentors to me. These professors took extra time to nurture my curiosity while also lending me extra support and encouragement when I needed it. Scott MacPhail at the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development was also an extremely valuable resource both during and after my time at HWS.

I recently have been accepted into medical school, and have chosen to attend SUNY Upstate Medical College in Syracuse, N.Y. I will begin school with a Summer Anatomy program in June and I am thrilled that I am taking one giant leap forward to my dream career. I am unsure as to where my interests may wander in the next four years, but my ultimate life goal is to be a pediatrician, specializing in working with and advocating for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

*Daniel Pelaez '12
Major: Media and Society
Current Position: Account Management, Situation Interactive
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Age: 23

I transferred to HWS in the spring of my sophomore year. I had never heard about HWS until I stumbled upon it while looking at colleges with varsity squash teams. After checking the school's website and seeing a photo of the lake, I knew that was it.

I had several academic interests in mind. I wanted to take classes in many different areas of study, but quickly realized that majoring in everything was not an option. Prior to HWS, my interests had always roamed around media and the arts. I decided to pursue a major in media and society and minor in studio art, with the intention of focusing on the advertising side of media. However, new sources of knowledge can sometimes take you to unexpected places. I had never taken a course in film until I took Italian Film. That was the tipping point of what ended up being my focus within the major. It was the moment where film finally made sense to me. From there on, I began taking Film Editing, Film Theory and Documentary courses.

Early in my HWS career, I began applying for summer internships. I have lost count of all the places that I applied to, but the most important thing was that I never stopped applying. If I was not able to secure an internship in the USA, I managed to secure one back home in Bogota, Colombia in order to gain valuable experience. I remember this whole process as being very frustrating, especially as an international student with visa regulations. But if I wanted to stay in the USA after graduation, I had to keep trying. Every time I added an experience to my resume, more doors opened. I used all the resources available at the career services office and scheduled informational phone calls with alums. These were very helpful, especially the alums who believed in me and encouraged me to push on.

I finally got my first gig through a William Smith alumna, Heather Ogletree '09, as a production assistant at a video production company in Fairfield, Conn. I was there for seven months and it was a great experience. I had the opportunity to explore various areas. Some of my roles included video editing, cameraman, production assistant, website maintenance, and graphic design. One of my favorite projects was the production of Fairfield's First Restaurant Week. We filmed and edited 28 restaurants in six weeks. And the best part was going to film the "food beauties" and then stick around and enjoy delicious food!

Towards the end of 2012 I began applying for new opportunities. I still wanted to try the advertising world and landed an internship at a digital advertising/marketing agency called Situation Interactive. I am currently working in the account management department. It has been very interesting to work for an agency whose clients are all in live entertainment and to further understand how these events are marketed to enhance user experience.

The beauty of a liberal arts education is the exposure to multiple areas of study and different perspectives. Having such a broad background makes it easier for you to adapt and find interest in many things.

Looking into the near future, I will be embarking in a two-month adventure as a volunteer teaching English at an orphanage in the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. I am very excited about this opportunity and looking forward to what could reveal my next journey.

*Matt Pebole '12
Major: Anthropology and Sociology
Current Position: Professional Basketball Player
Current City: Red Bank, N.J.
Age: 23

Coming into college I really had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew that I loved to play basketball and that I would have the opportunity to do this at Hobart. Since Hobart is a liberal arts college, I knew it would be a great choice because I would be able to take all sorts of classes and figure out what I liked and would want to do in the future. At Hobart I majored in anthropology and sociology and it made me become more aware of everything that was going on around me. It really opened my eyes.

Currently, I am looking to continue my career as a professional basketball player. I just finished my first professional season playing in Ballerup, Denmark (about 15 minutes from Copenhagen). In Denmark I also coached two youth teams and led an after school basketball program for kids in the community.

In order to secure my first professional contract I had to put together video clips which was a tough task in itself. After that, and completing my resume, I had to get my resume and videos seen by as many people as possible. Not only did I have to work extremely hard on the court and weight room but also sent countless emails to people all over the world trying to get an opportunity.

Relationships I have with other HWS alums were very important in this whole process. A few other Hobart grads had played professional basketball as well. I was able to reach out to them and receive great advice and useful connections. Of course, the coaching staff throughout my time in Hobart pushed me to become the player I am now and I am extremely thankful to them. Both Coach Izzi Metz '98 and Coach Mike Neer pushed me to be not only the best player I could be but also the best person. Coaches Russ Phillips, Pysnack and Wenzel were just as influential. They played a huge role in helping me develop as a player and also a man.

I'm still not exactly sure what I want my future to look like. For now, I want to continue to play professional basketball; making money doing something I would do for free. After my playing career, I could see myself getting into coaching or training of some sort. Whatever I decide, I am confident that HWS has prepared me for it!

*Kaitlyn Van Nostrand '09
Major: Environmental Studies
Current Position: Recycling Representative, Transpacific Waste Management
Current City: Auckland, New Zealand
Age: 26

I chose to study at HWS for several reasons-the small size and reputation of the Colleges, the environmental studies program and the nationally ranked sailing team. HWS turned out to be the perfect place for me, as I was able to thrive in the small community working with professors and campus staff through my jobs on campus as resident assistant, admissions tour guide and geoscience teaching fellow. The environmental studies program fit perfectly with my broad approach to solving environmental issues. My time at HWS was highlighted by serving as captain of the sailing team my last two years, leading the team, and growing as an athlete under Head Coach Scott Ikle '84. I will always be proud to be a William Smith Heron.

I am currently the first recycling representative Transpacific Waste Management has ever hired. I started in January 2013, after finishing my master's degree in international business at the University of Auckland. My role is to find solutions for our clients to reduce the contamination in their recycling streams. This is done through assessing the client's needs and tailoring the solution to fit their business. Once collected, the recycling commodities are either reused in New Zealand or sold and shipped to overseas buyers. The long-term goal of my role is to reduce the current contamination levels in order to save the company money. I really enjoy visiting all of our clients in Auckland and assisting them to make positive changes. It's the perfect job for me.

I did not start at my dream job overnight and worked very hard to get where I am today. The best decision I made was to complete my master's degree abroad, here in New Zealand. Being one of two Americans in the program of 30 students, it broadened my view of international markets and makes me more employable worldwide. I also worked two days a week at a sailing shop to gain New Zealand work experience, which my employer valued.

My idea for studying abroad stemmed from my junior year at HWS. Since I could not afford to miss a season of sailing, I applied for the Salisbury International Summer Internship stipend to conduct ecotourism research on a dive boat in Cairns, Australia. I didn't receive one of the three placements, but that didn't stop me from going. Bob Murphy, then the director of Career Services, was amazing and found funding for my trip from a generous HWS alum. My internship gave me the first taste of living abroad and I realized how it could benefit my career. I chose to study in New Zealand because of its reputation for being forward in sustainable business and having an environmentally conscious population. These ideals were instilled to me at HWS by my amazing professors including Betty Bayer, Tara Curtin, Paul Kehle, Scott McKinney and many others. The environmental studies program has an outstanding group of professors from all disciplines and I am realizing now how beneficial the liberal arts degree, combined with my business degree, has been to help me become a creative problem solver in my industry.

I am just starting my career and I am excited to learn about the vast complexities in the waste and recycling industry in my current role. I just received notification that I was approved for New Zealand residency. Once accepted, I plan to stay for the next two years until I gain permanent residency. Then I will be free to come and go in this beautiful country for the rest of my life. After that, we will see what opportunities unfold. For now I am happy right where I am. Many thanks to everyone at HWS for helping me get where I am today.

*Innis Baah '10
Majors: Economics and Africana Studies
Current Position: Consultant, Deloitte and Touche
Current City: Bronx, New York
Age: 25

My plan prior to HWS was like most anxious high school graduates: to have a great college experience. I wanted to take interesting college courses, explore my career interests, and hopefully make my mother proud by being a college graduate; and in my case, the first in my family to do so. I had a firm understanding that higher education would be the tide that lifts the hopes of my family preparing me for a better future, but I did not fully grasp the importance of attending a school that would lay forth a foundation to be well rounded and live a productive life beyond the classroom. HWS prepared me to do that - and even more!

At the Colleges, I doubled majored in economics and Africana studies, studied abroad in China, volunteered in the Geneva community, went to South Korea for alternative Spring Break, and took interesting courses, some of which I'm often shy about revealing - like ballet. Yikes! I had ample opportunities at HWS to discover myself. Whether it was serving fellow classmates as class president or hosting forums with Sankofa, the campus fostered an environment where constant critical thinking and a call to student leadership was a social-norm. Nevertheless, it's clear to me that, in a time of unprecedented globalization, my experience best equipped me to face the challenges of the world.

I currently work as a consultant within the Enterprise Risk Service practice of Deloitte and Touche. Never did I fathom working for a client on Wall Street during the many runs in between classes on Pulteney Street. My path to the firm has been one that was a mix of uncertainty yet excitement. When I graduated, the world was in the midst of a recession - the worst in 70 years. So with the help of HWS Career Services, I spent a few months teaching English and traveling around Costa Rica, which I had always wanted to do. Upon returning, I worked for the New York State Senate as a community outreach specialist. I found solace working on a range of issues that affect my Bronx community such as equal housing opportunities for low-income families, improving high school graduation rates through community-based initiatives, and providing quality health care options for senior citizens, to say the least. I then had a brief stint working as an assistant media buyer at Initiative Media, an adverting agency. But as economic hardships required Initiative to take drastic measures through lay-offs, I did my best 'LeBron' and took my 'talents' to Deloitte.

These experiences, coupled with the various internships Career Services helped me land during my four years, prepared me for a career in consulting, and thankfully I had HWS connections like Phil Harrington P'10 and Horace Allen'85 who assisted me in finding my niche every step of the way. They are a mere embodiment of the type of support network I had as a Hobart student. From the advising sessions with James Burruto, to the tutoring sessions with Professor James McCorkle and even the eating sessions with Showtime Joe - my time at the Colleges and their guidance has taught me that you never succeed in life without the help of others.

The Colleges had a profound impact in shaping my future outlook. I am a firm believer in living 'a life of consequence,' as President Gearan puts it. As such, my goal as a young professional is to excel in my career and combine my passion for business and public service for a purpose greater than myself. I am making small strides toward that now - I have led mission trips to Panama and Ghana (my native country) and taken advantage of my firm's mentorship program in a local high school in the Bronx. Outside the firm, I also mentor a few young men in my community and am looking to partner with others who want to put this social passion into action. That said, before you know it, I may be running a practice for Deloitte in its Ghana office, while creating nonprofit micro-finance firms around the world to help others fulfill their dreams. Who knows! Just as Dean Eugen Baer always told me, 'you do have to dream - and dream the impossible.'

*Seher Syed '10
Majors: Economics and International Relations
Current Position: Master's Candidate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Age: 25

I came to HWS in the fall of 2006 with a fixed intent on majoring in computer science. This changed soon after I was exposed to the magnificence of the liberal arts curriculum offered at the Colleges. After taking my first economics course, taught by Associate Professor of Economics Feisal Khan, and having the chance to study both international and American politics, I realized how interested I was in these fields. Coming from a science background in high school, I completely switched gears and ended up majoring in economics and international relations.

The courses I took and the encouragement from my professors incited a curiosity for practical experience to complement what I was studying. During my junior year, I spent a semester interning at a think-tank in Washington, D.C., to see how policy is made and implemented in the United States. The following summer, I gained field exposure to grassroots development, and travelled to Bangladesh to work with the Grameen Bank. Upon graduation, I contemplated going back to South Asia, but as Professor of Economics Pat McGuire had rightfully predicted, I had a case of Potomac Fever which made me return to Washington, D.C.

During my second stint in D.C., I had the great opportunity to work at the Center for American Progress (CAP) as a special assistant to the president and chief executive officer. My work at CAP exposed me to various fields of public policy. I learned how to research and develop new ideas, which can be used to influence the national and international debate. It further increased my awareness of public policy issues, ranging from tax policy to reconciliation in Afghanistan, which stirred my interest to study international policy, and ultimately led me to apply to graduate school.

I am currently pursuing a master's degree in law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. My focus on international business relations and development economics explores the vital link between innovative private sector development and economic empowerment of the poor. After my graduate program, I hope to return to Pakistan and contribute to the development sector there.

Looking back at my time at HWS, I nostalgically recall the formative years that allowed me to grow academically, professionally and personally. At HWS, I met many friends who became family. I also got the chance to lead the International Student Association, intern at Intercultural Affairs, volunteer at America Counts, and become a resident adviser, which instilled in me important leadership skills. The genuine interest in my plans from professors and staff alike, gave me the confidence to pursue my goals. Finally, I always will be grateful to President Mark Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan for their friendship and mentorship throughout these years.


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