Out of the Comfort Zone – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Out of the Comfort Zone

Kate Harrington ’10, a political science major and development studies minor, is very happy and comfortable working for Cushman Wakefield this summer in the New Jersey office. “The opportunity is unbelievable,” Harrington says. “Cushman Wakefield is the No. 1 commercial real estate firm in the world.” When she returns to work for the company this fall, she’ll be stepping outside of the country – and her comfort zone – working in Vietnam. Right now, Harrington is working for Cushman Wakefield’s capital markets crew and visits properties in New York, New Jersey and Long Island. She looks at tenant profiles, puts together spreadsheets, and studies market trends. This fall, she will continue to work for Cushman Wakefield while studying abroad in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam. “I wanted to step out of my comfort zone,” Harrington explains. “I’ve spent my life being comfortable; now I want to be uncomfortable,” she added, laughing. She feels that her education and experiences, including being captain of the Herons lacrosse team, prepared her well for her internship and study abroad opportunity. “A small college gives you the opportunity to push yourself,” she says. “Being on a sports team has made me motivated and ambitious,” she continued. “What I’ve learned from lacrosse has transferred to my internship. At Cushman Wakefield, you can tell who is an athlete because of their drive.” Harrington obtained her internship through Bob Murphy, director of the Center for Career Services, and is extremely grateful for his help. “I would love to work for Cushman Wakefield after graduation,” Harrington says.