Recent graduates reflect on the relationships they built at HWS.
Account Executive, DataCamp
"I’ve had two internships and two full-time jobs from sophomore year to now, and they’ve all transpired from our alum network. These ties have significantly benefited me in so many ways, not just career wise, but as a person. I’m hoping I’ll be able to return the favor to a student or recent graduate in the future."
Earth and Environmental Science PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
"It was mostly my research experience and working very closely with Professor Nan Crystal Arens that led me to getting accepted into the Ph.D program at University of Pennsylvania. Her guidance, mentorship and feedback on the countless versions of my statement of purpose made my application as strong as it could have been."
Architectural Designer, C&S Engineering
"My sophomore year, I interned with Eric Cohler Design after meeting the company owner, Hobart alum and renowned interior designer Eric Cohler '81, during a talk on campus. Through Career Services I was able to get an interview and eventually the internship and from there it was a breath of fresh air. My passion for architecture was there all along, I just had to let it develop."
Fundraising Manager, City Year
"I was fortunate to be placed in Associate Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav’s FSEM course that focused on political power and authoritarianism throughout modern Egyptian history. It was a perfect course for my interests, having just spent a semester in the Middle East, while the region continued to grapple with the lasting effects from the Arab Spring. I would argue HWS is special in terms of how willing the faculty are to spend time with their students."
Graduate Student in Music Therapy at Nazareth College
"I am especially grateful to Professor of Music Robert Cowles, Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, Associate Professor of Psychological Science Daniel Graham, Professor of Psychological Science Jeffrey Greenspon and the entire HWS Music Department; their unwavering support allowed me to combine my passions and explore the possibilities in music, psychology, and research."
Doctoral Candidate, Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden
"During my time at HWS, I was lucky enough to have the strong support of Professor of Biology Sigrid Carle, my honors adviser, and Associate Professor of Chemistry Justin Miller, my academic adviser. The work I did in Sigrid’s lab went a long way toward confirming that I had made the right choice for myself in pursuing a career as a researcher. Additionally, the support of the Center for Global Education (CGE), particularly Amy Teel, helped make planning for, and shipping off to, Leipzig for the semester possible."
Publicity Coordinator at David Magdael & Associates, Inc.
"The resources at HWS that I’m grateful for are first and foremost the faculty and the Posse community… I also appreciate my experiences at the HWS Office of Communications, the Writing Colleagues Program, and IT Services. Special thanks to Amy Teel and Jen O’Neil who helped me find Norwich, England for my semester abroad, and gave me a space to write about this life-changing experience."
Teach For America
"A huge thank you to my advisers—Professor of Economics Tom Drennen and Professor of Anthropology Jeffrey Anderson—for guiding me through a rocky and uncertain four years and supporting me through the application process for AmeriCorps. I’m also grateful to all of my professors who showed me patience, kindness, knowledge and inner strength."
Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships Assistant, American Association for the Advancement of Science
"My first-year adviser, and later physics adviser, Professor Donald Spector, pushed me to achieve as much as possible…Fortunately, there was never a moment Professor Spector or any of my academic advisers discouraged me from pursuing something. Even if it was unorthodox, I was never told not to try."
Latin and English Teacher, East Palmyra Christian School; Fulbright Award Recipient
"I'd been considering the Fulbright program, but I wasn’t sure if I had a chance of getting a grant. Associate Director of Health Professions Counseling and Fellowship Advising Scott MacPhail became my grant adviser and I was offered abundant encouragement, advice and support throughout the process."
Medical Student, SUNY Upstate Medical University
"My HWS advisers, Associate Professor of Biology Patricia Mowery, Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Juan Liebana, and Associate Director of Health Professions Counseling and Fellowship Advising Scott MacPhail, were all extremely helpful in combining my varying academic interests and really made me appreciate the benefits of the relationships between students and professors at small undergraduate universities like HWS."
Investment Banking Analyst, Power & Renewable Energy Group, Credit Suisse
"As far as answering the question of what I wanted to do, I thought it would be best to keep an open mind, which was reinforced with the help of my adviser, Jennifer Tessendorf. One of my unanticipated best courses was “Energy” taught by Darrin Magee, which quickly piqued my interest and led to a decision to minor in environmental studies. A year later, my major in Economics and minor in Environmental Studies merged when I took “Environmental Economics” with Thomas Drennen.”
Content Strategist, Fidelity Investments
"I credit the supportive faculty and immersive classes at HWS for initially cultivating my skills as a writer, editor and thinker. My career has taken me on a path I would have never anticipated, and I am forever grateful to the Colleges for fostering my love of learning and preparing me for the “real world.”
School-Based Clinician, Rutland Mental Health Services
"My HWS professors from both the dance and psychology departments have been invaluable resources, from writing graduate recommendation letters, offering tips on workshops to attend, and giving advice on how I could combine my love for dance with my clinical knowledge."
Youth Hockey Manager for the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights
"My professors in both the French and International Relations departments were very supportive throughout the graduate school application process. I was able to always come to them whenever needed with questions, ask them to revise and help edit my personal narratives, and to serve as references."
J.D. Candidate at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
"It was Professor of Philosophy Scott Brophy’s "Crime and Punishment" class where I developed an interest in analytical thinking and logical argumentation. My interest in policy, in combination with my newfound interest developed through Professor Brophy’s class, led me to pursue the field of law."