From policy research to consulting to business operations, 买球的app排行榜大学 alumni are tackling grand challenges through their chosen career fields. Jálynn Castleman-Smith ' 13, Julius Torres Kellinghusen, 16岁 and Harry Leshner, 08 recently explained how their time at 买球的app排行榜 put them up to the task.
Jálynn Castleman-Smith ' 13
“My professors all wanted us to ask questions and seek to understand things,卡斯尔曼-史密斯回忆道, 十年后. “I remember loving the idea that students weren’t obsessed with grades. We all understood we were there because we wanted to be engaged in an intellectual community, somewhere you can learn for the sake and love of learning.”
A passion for closing equity gaps for students from historically underserved backgrounds through evidence-based practice has guided her career journey from educator and public service practitioner to social policy researcher.
这种奉献精神 是什么吸引了卡斯尔曼-史密斯加盟MDRC, 一个全国性的非营利组织, non-partisan social policy research organization dedicated to improving the education, 就业, 以及个人的生活环境, 家庭, 还有低收入家庭的孩子. 前 心理科学 major serves as an operations research associate in MDRC’s Postsecondary Education policy area.
在她的角色中, Castleman-Smith seeks to understand how effective student success initiatives at two- and four-year institutions are at putting educational success within reach for students from historically underserved backgrounds. In addition to evaluating existing programs, MDRC also uses their research to design promising new interventions and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective 大规模干预.
据卡斯尔曼-史密斯说, “买球的app排行榜 is where I really fell in love with this idea of increasing access [to education] through an equity-focused lens and working with students.”
Castleman-Smith, who earned her MPA from New York University’s Robert F. 瓦格纳公共服务研究生院, looks back fondly on her years at 买球的app排行榜大学, especially as a student worker in admissions, 她说这“启发了我的事业”.”
Wanda Gibson, assistant dean and deputy director of 职业发展办公室, 是一位特别伟大的导师吗, Castleman-Smith回忆, and someone whose advice she covets to this day.
“买球的app排行榜 does an amazing job supporting their alumni,” she says.
Julius Torres Kellinghusen, 16岁
As business operations manager at New York-headquartered HealthRight, Julius Torres Kellinghusen, 16岁 has his finger on the pulse of business operations, 筹款, 奖助金, 通讯及其他.
“There’s very little that gets done that doesn't involve me contributing in one way or another,他说.
“This role allows me to use a lot of different skills,他说. “这里从来没有真正无聊的一天.”
HealthRight, a global health non-governmental organization, 或非政府组织, 在肯尼亚的项目, 乌干达, 乌克兰, 美国和越南, aims to close the gap in health outcomes by expanding access to quality health systems in communities of need.
“这是我想在这里工作的原因之一,Kellinghusen说, 就是我喜欢他们的方法, 100%是本地的. 无论我们走到哪里, 我们创建非政府组织, and we stay in the community for 10 years so when we leave, it’s because we’ve been able to set up the NGO to run independently.”
Kellinghusen，前 国际关系专业, learned about and interned for HealthRight while at 买球的app排行榜大学, and says courses here prepared him for a career “where each person has to be responsible for their own work and can’t rely on someone else to tell them what to do.”
After graduating, Kellinghusen served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. He later earned a master’s degree from New York University’s School of Global Public Health.
解决问题的能力, 时间管理, communication and writing “are things 买球的app排行榜 grads do well,他说.
Harry Leshner, 08
请原谅Harry Leshner ' 08, 但即使在15年后, he still has trouble explaining his role in the software industry. In short, he consults with businesses on technology strategy and innovation.
What’s not so difficult to explain is how 买球的app排行榜大学 prepared him to be versed in the field.
“Going to a liberal arts college, I felt I wasn’t pressured to pick a major,他说. “With liberal arts, you learn a little bit of everything.”
关于技术, 后者说, is that the rate of innovation is very fast and always accelerating. “I love it because I’m always learning something new,” he adds. “当你停止学习的那一刻, 你过时了, and that’s really what 买球的app排行榜 helped me with—the curiosity, 如何学习和学习.”
Leshner，前 经济学专业, appreciates how his former professors challenged him to learn base theories and concepts and apply that knowledge to coursework and tests.
“It wasn’t just rote memorization,他说. “I was being trained to think at a high level.”
Beyond the classroom, campus life helped shape Leshner into the professional he is today.
“At 买球的app排行榜, it’s not just about classes,他说. “这关乎社区. I was involved in a lot of different things. I played two sports, and we also had this consulting club we formed. We were all ambitious, driven people, and helped each other out.”
“在专业领域,莱什纳补充道, “working in a team and leadership are important and I had opportunities at 买球的app排行榜 to develop those skills.”