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INTERNATIONAL REGION PROFILE

Robert Genovese '08

International Career Services Volunteer

Private Equity Associate, Lunar Capital
Shanghai, China

Hobart Basketball Team (senior captain)
Hobart Lacrosse Team (one season)
Student Director, Statesmen Athletic Association (SAA)
Economics Department Committee
Druid Senior Honor Society

Majors: Economics and International Relations

Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? I'll change the question a bit and answer, "Would I choose HWS again?" Yes. For some, the thought of going to college in your hometown is quite unique; in my experience HWS opened a world of opportunities: a summer abroad program in China, internships in New York City and Silicon Valley, competitive academics and athletics, and inclusion to a community of smart and hard-working individuals. In the end, it was an easy choice.

How do you stay connected to the Colleges? As a proud Geneva native I make a point to visit the Colleges during my all-too-infrequent trips back to the States. While I am away, I always make an effort to "check-in," whether it be checking the website for updates, or receiving email notes from coaches and faculty members.

What makes the Colleges special? While the Colleges have physically evolved substantially over the years - new buildings, upgraded facilities, etc. - the culture of inclusion remains the same. I find it very welcoming to return to campus after several years, walk up to a Dean, the President, or a faculty member, and reintroduce myself and feel as if I never left.

Why do you give back to HWS? It is important to maintain the sense of community, even after graduation, and I am proud of the HWS association. Giving is a way of saying thank you and promoting wider involvement, whether it is a monetary donation or working with current students through Career Services.