WEST COAST REGION PROFILE
Sean A. Kipperman '06
West Coast Career Services Coordinator
La Mesa, Calif.
Chi Phi Fraternity
Senior Class President
Hobart Student Government, Budget Allocations Committee
Career Services Intern
Major: Physics and Public Policy
Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? I selected HWS for its dynamic approach to a liberal arts education, its emphasis on service learning, and for the small, tight knit, notably picturesque lakeside community.
How do you stay connected to the Colleges? I always look forward to reading the Pulteney Street Survey and weekly update emails from the Colleges. I occasionally peruse the Daily Update, and, of course, keep in touch with fellow alums and former professors through social media and email correspondence, and, time permitting, by making trips to visit friends.
What makes the Colleges special? The individualized attention students get from professors combined with a tight knit, community engaged atmosphere fosters personal growth. Opportunities for involvement in both the HWS and surrounding Geneva communities (and beyond) are varied and many, allowing every student to carve out his or her own niche.
Why do you give back to HWS? Looking back on my whole HWS experience - the wonderful friends made, the amazing professors with and under whom I got to work and study, the activities in which I was involved - I feel like HWS has given me so much and has shaped so much of the person I have become. For those wonderful experiences, those amazing gifts I am eternally grateful, and feel responsible for helping to ensure that future generations of HWS students have the same incredible opportunities; giving back is the least I can do.
What are your goals as a Regional Network volunteer? I hope to forge a stronger connection with the HWS community, to be a part of the incredible growth and change the Colleges are undergoing, and assist HWS in achieving and exceeding its goals.
What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student? Get involved. Join clubs, organizations, venture out of your comfort zone, and work for change. At HWS you have as much opportunity to learn and grow as you want; the more you put in, the more involved you become and the more you will get out of your four years - don't waste them.