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Renee Conklin ’02
Investment Banking Recruiter at UBS in New York

Major: English, Media and Society

Leadership roles: News Editor, Herald; Student Trustee, 2000-2002

Extracurricular activities: Herald, intramural softball, Alternative Spring Break in 2002, student worker in the following offices: admissions, career center, off-campus programs/Provost’s Office

Favorite professor: Deborah Tall

First job after college: Publicity Assistant at Putnam/Riverhead books (Penguin Books) in New York City

Accomplishments at William Smith
Graduating from William Smith was the happiest and saddest day of my life. I was so thrilled to have achieved so much and grown as a person in that four-year period, but I was also devastated to leave behind the memories and close friends that I had made. My greatest accomplishment and honor was serving the student body as a student trustee for two years. I received such insight into the institution and what makes it run - not only fiscally, but by the blood, sweat and tears of some of the most dedicated alums I have ever met. My duty now is to keep that feeling alive among the alumnae. How do we ensure that all alums remember the impact it had on their lives, and how do we translate that impact into giving back to the institution?

On leadership
William Smith College taught me that anyone can be a leader, as long as they take advantage of the opportunities laid out before them. I blossomed into a leader during my time at William Smith and accomplished things I never thought I would when I enrolled in the fall of 1998. A small campus really gave me the chance to make a huge impact. That would not have happened for me at a larger school.

On the coordinate system
Coming from an all-girls high school, it was important for me to attend a college where an emphasis on gender roles and the importance of women and their achievements was emphasized. I tried to participate in everything that William Smith College had to offer, from the Fisher Center Lecture Series to the WS moving-up ceremonies. Each event, award or ceremony made me feel like a bigger part of William Smith.

Current events
How did I move from publishing to Wall Street?! I credit my HWS education for preparing me for anything and for teaching me to never doubt myself and that anything can be achieved with a little hard work and knowing when to admit you need help or guidance.


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