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Advice From Alumni

Our alumni offered the following advice to underclassmen in our 2012 Alumni Survey:

"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, Associate Attorney, Liebler, Gonzalez, & Portuondo, P.A.

"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, Manager, 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, Lead Recruiter, Vettery

"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 FP&A, PepsiCo - 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, Senior Accountant, RQSI

"Be resourceful and take advantage of everything Hartwick has to offer. The opportunities are many." -Christopher McDougal '01, Manager - Commercial/Financial Analysis, EquiPower Resources Corp.

"Major in something useful. " -Daniel Wagoner '01, Controller, Saxton Sign Corporation

"Work hard, follow through, and never give up!" -Ronald Lynch '87, Partner, 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, SVP - Operations and Systems Officer, Liberty Mutual Accident and Health

Jason Henderson '08

Jason Henderson '08

I do recall Professor Sears once saying in class that if you are doing it right and understand it, when you look at these numbers, they should tell you a story. For me, they usually told a story.

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