Southeast Graduates of the Last Decade Coordinator
Energy Analyst II, Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
Cofounder, Hot Spot Geoscience Club
Search and Review Committees, Environmental Studies and Geoscience Departments
Tutor, Center for Teaching and Learning
Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, Finger Lakes Institute
Study Abroad, Australia/New Zealand
Holocaust Studies Trip, March of Remembrance
Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? While I may have initially looked at HWS because my uncle, Robert Brown '78, is an alumnus, I chose HWS because of its great reputation as an institution, its incredible Environmental Studies and Geoscience program, and the amazing Center for Teaching and Learning. These were all areas that were high on my list of qualifications for the school that I would choose to go to. After visiting the school for a second time, I decided HWS was my first choice and applied Early Decision.
How do you stay connected to the Colleges? Being so close with many of my former classmates, it’s easy to stay emotionally connected to the Colleges and want to provide support both financially and with my time. I have served as a Graduates of the Last Decade volunteer for several years, helping to fundraise and engage with other young alums. I have also tried to attend as many alumni gatherings, either at the annual HWS reunion or at regional events.
What makes the Colleges special? Being such a small school with an enormous amount of engagement, leadership, and professional opportunities, HWS is really in a class of its own. While I knew that HWS was a special place during my four years there, it was not until I left and entered the business world that I realized what an incredible amount of opportunity I had verses the more traditional experience of many of my coworkers that attended larger institutions. I was able to work on incredible research projects with professors, present at professional conferences, and study abroad, bringing one of my favorite professors to teach our classes. These were all opportunities that just set HWS apart from the rest.
Why do you give back to HWS? I give back to HWS because of the opportunities that I was afforded as a student. I want to make sure that every other student has that same opportunity that I did to really break out of his or her shell and become the person that they were meant to be, rising to his or her full potential.
What are your goals as a Regional Network volunteer? As a Regional Network Volunteer, I am excited to connect with other alums and hear why they love and support HWS. Was it a professor that changed his or her life? A great job that he or she excelled at because of the opportunities afforded both inside and outside the classroom? Or was it the friendships that last a lifetime? Hearing these stories bring back my memories and compel me to support the colleges.
What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student? Don't waste a single day because in the blink of an eye, it will be over. Don't miss a single opportunity, and make sure you that in any decisions that you make you won't have any regrets. Take a leap of faith and apply for that study abroad program, sign up for that club, leave your comfort zone and take that chance.