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Grateful Grads

Recent graduates reflect on the relationships they built at HWS.

Ato K. B. Bentsi-Enchill ’17

Owner, 8 volta work spaces; Director, Black Adam Africa Capital

"HWS Career Services was definitely helpful to me while on campus. Within the first week or two of my first year, I was in the office with a career counselor."

Lauren Szymanski '18

Graduate Student, Physician Assistant Program, Daemen College

"The faculty and advisers really helped me prepare for interviews, pre-requisites and gain opportunities to pursue this career path…I can absolutely thank HWS for helping me get into a notable program such as Daemen."

Adam Wallerstein '18

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."

Jonas Toupal '19

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."

Gabrielle Eure '17

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."

Samuel Peterson '16

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."

Elena Parkins '18

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."

Stephen Enos '15

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."

Hannah Glenshaw '17

Director of Curriculum and Collaborations, Lynn YMCA

"My adviser, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies Kanate Dahouda, showed me how to have fun while learning and that life is much better when you laugh and celebrate."

William Samayoa '19

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."

Denali Minnick '19

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."

Drew Scammell '18

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."

Nick Stewart '15

Company Member, Step Afrika!

"Professors Chris Hatch and Chris Woodworth are one of a kind and I cherish their work ethic, love of the arts and the standard they held me to."

Meredith Kellogg '19

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."

Jeremiah Otero Piersante '18

Ph.D. Candidate, SUNY Albany

"I would not be where I am today without the advising and academic support provided by Professor Nick Metz, as well as other faculty members at the Colleges."

Tyler Terens '16

Sports Broadcaster

"Hobart Head Soccer Coach Shawn Griffin listened to my first tape and saw that I may be onto something. WHWS and WEOS Station Manager Greg Cotterill was also huge in helping me get my “official” start hosting a sports talk show while I was on campus."

Alexandra Covert '15

Archaeological Technician, Flagstaff Area National Monuments

"The network I made at HWS has significantly helped me in my career. I am forever grateful for the wonderful guidance from my adviser, Associate Professor of Anthropology Christopher Annear."

Namita Neerukonda '17

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."

Natasha Patel '18

Housing and Public Benefits Paralegal at Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY)

"I am grateful for all of the professors who have been there for me since day one, in guiding my academic and personal development."

Kevin Goltz '19

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.”

Annabelle Everett '15

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.”

Micaela Carney '18

Spanish Teacher, Lexington High School

"I am grateful to HWS and the unwavering support I received from both faculty and staff as I forged my path during my four years there."

Christopher Holoman '16

Commercial Renewal Underwriter, Chubb Westchester

"Career Services helped me with my resume and get my foot in the door to many different places. They kept me notified of openings at various companies and of alums who were visiting campus for networking. I remain grateful for their assistance."

Cort J. Williams ’19

Associate Analyst, MasterCard

"The camaraderie of the Athletics Department was stronger than I expected. Each team member was like family, supporting each other through thick and thin, always pushing me to strive for my best."

Alexandra Welych- Miller '15

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."

Harrison Luce

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."

Jennifer Cytryn '16

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."