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Advice From Alumni

Our alumni offer the following advice to underclassmen:

"Value the relationships with professors - they are absolutely invaluable resources, full of knowledge and connections, and do truly care about the success of their students when students make the effort to connect with them." - Angela Brenwalt '08, Lawyer

"Be pro-active and take control of your own college career (and beyond). The professors are great and will never turn you away. They will always be willing to help, but nothing is going to land on your lap without going after it. It's easy to strive for mediocrity, but the real success comes from striving for better than just enough." - Barry Pearson '08, Senior Accountant, Ernst & Young

"Freshman through juniors should get an internship and have a resume, and seniors should begin looking for a job in the beginning of your senior year." - Wyatt Uhlein '10, Consultant, Monster Worldwide

"Try some new things, follow your passion and serve others. Hartwick will give you the opportunity to do all three." -Andrew Leighton '69, Organizational Development, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

"Internships and jobs during college go a long way toward helping you develop skills you can use later in life. They also give you an idea of what type of work you like, and quite frankly what kind you don't, without a lot of risk."-Bonnie Campion '91, Director of Finance, Pepsi Beverages Company

"Take as many writing classes as possible!" -Carrie Casciani '93, Partner, KPMG

"1) Exhaust your professors about their experiences and real world application of the material; they are a wealth of knowledge and, if you ask these questions, you very well may learn something that has no application in college, but proves to be incredibly important in the real world. A lot of the time their stories are both highly valuable and interesting. These are the resources that students who attend lecture halls with 300 other students are not afforded. 2) Learn as much as you can about jobs in which you are interested. Find out about businesses and job responsibilities. If you think there is a job you might like to do, I think it is wise to make sure before you dedicate your academic career to something you might not like. If you are humble and polite, most people are generally willing to share their experiences with you; don't be afraid to ask." -Jason Henderson '08, Experienced Associate, Rodefer Moss & Co

"Be resourceful and take advantage of everything Hartwick has to offer. The opportunities are many." -Christopher McDougal '01, Staff, Private Equity Firm, Masters Student at Columbia's School of International & Public Affairs

"Major in something useful. You will meet a lot of fellow classmates touting their 9 required classes for philosophy but don't let that get you down. They are getting a useless college degree where you are getting one of the most sought after degrees in the market right now. Check yahoo out and see what are the top five hires, it's always accounting and business in the mix. Anyone can't pontificate the inequities of social justice, you are doing something useful." -Daniel Wagoner '01, Administrative Director, C J Miller, LLC

"Work hard, follow through, and never give up!" -Ronald Lynch '87, Sanctuary Wealth Services

"College teaches you how to think. When you get to the real working world - you'll probably be in an industry you didn't study in college, which is fine. The key is to be able to communicate well, develop relationships and work hard to understand the big picture of what you're doing. You can always learn the details, but don't start with them." -Keith Brennan '02, Assistant Controller, Finance Department, Liberty Mutual

Barry Pearson '08

Barry Pearson '08

As senior accountant with Ernst & Young, LLP, I am the supervising senior auditor for two very well-known financial-service clients from the Northeast.

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