by Matt S., M&T Class of 2016 (far right)
The Empire City. The Big Apple. The City that Never Sleeps. New York. As a young child, I would sing Frank Sinatra’s, “New York, New York” with my dad while watching Yankees games. And at night, I would close my eyes and dream…By day, I was a centerfielder for the New York Yankees in the Bronx, and by night, I was a celebrity walking beneath the glorified skyscrapers and lights shining from Manhattan.
During the first few weeks of my freshman year in M&T, I watched many seniors’ eyes light up when they talked with each other about their highly coveted jobs in Manhattan. They told me, “A large portion of Penn’s senior class flocks up to New York after graduation. Next year, I’ll be working alongside my closest college friends.” I would sit quietly and wonder, “What could be so magical about a congested, grid-locked city?” Well, a few weeks ago, I finally got a taste of the mystique.
by Cynthia Y., M&T Class of 2006 (pictured at left, next to the Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Our ‘A Day in the Life’ series highlights alumni in various fields and positions, offering a glimpse of what life after graduation is like. This post comes to us from M&T alumna Cynthia, formerly of Google, who recently worked for startup accelerator Unreasonable at Sea.
Please briefly describe what industry you’re in and what your previous position entailed.
Unreasonable at Sea is a social impact startup accelerator program based on a ship. Launched this year by the founders of the d.school at Stanford and the Unreasonable Institute, 11 startups were selected to sail to 13 ports around the world.
When I was working for Unreasonable at Sea, my role as Director of Partnerships was to reach out to entrepreneurs, investors, and government officials at each port to determine opportunities for collaboration.
I quit mid-March, about two-thirds of the way into the program, and am now exploring opportunities in sustainable agriculture.
by Adam S., M&T Class of 2016
Last month, the M&T Club held the annual SIG Poker Tournament in the Hall of Flags at Houston Hall. Over 60 M&Ts competed for prizes including an iPad, Kindle Fire, and an XBOX+Kinect. The SIG Poker event is one of the many innovative and unique recruiting events hosted exclusively for M&T students. It was an interesting way to bring students and recruiters from SIG together, giving students an opportunity to learn and interact with recruiters in a fun and unique setting.
by Kate R., M&T Class of 2011
Our ‘A Day in the Life’ series highlights alumni in various fields and positions, offering a glimpse of what life after graduation is like. This post comes to us from M&T alumna Kate, currently working at a startup in San Francisco.
Please briefly describe what industry you’re in and what your particular position entails.
Working at a startup in the consumer space means I get to do something different every day. From product to marketing to operations, my role is always changing and I love it!
by Ethan A., M&T Class of 2013
When coming to Penn, it’s important to realize that the college house you live in freshman year will determine: how much fun you’ll have over the next four years, how good your grades will be, what clubs you’ll join, what your job will be after college, and who you’ll marry. This decision is, in essence, more important than any decision you have ever made before. Fortunately, by living in Ware College House, you’ll have lots of fun, get great grades, join the best clubs, find a nice job out of college, and marry your soul mate.
by Dhruv M., M&T Class of 2015
Whenever someone asks me what I want to do after the M&T Program, I say, “not sure, probably be a teacher for a while.” The puzzled look that follows has been one of the hallmarks of my experience in the M&T Program. The question that follows is always, “Then why do M&T?” For me, M&T is about building the skills that will enable me to tackle some of the most challenging problems affecting society today. Since high school, I’ve been deeply passionate about education reform. All over my county and my state, public schools have been failing students: test scores are lower than ever, and dropout rates (particularly for low-income students) are on the rise. So, as a high school senior, I wanted a college experience that would force me to think critically in as many different ways as possible – for me, M&T has been that experience.