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A Day in the Life of an M&T Alum: Kate, Class of 2011

by Kate R., M&T Class of 2011

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!

What time did you get up this morning before work?

7:30am.

What time did you start working, and what time were you done for the day?

8:30am to 7:00pm.

What were some of the projects you worked on today?

At the moment, I’m doing a lot of recruiting to build our awesome team.

Who specifically did you interact with today, besides coworkers (clients, interns, researchers, executives, founders, etc.)?

Aside from our team, I’ve spent time with some of our clients as well as a candidate we’re interviewing.

Are you currently traveling or about to travel for work?

Only on a team trip to Los Angeles (for fun).

What was your favorite part of the work day?

Grabbing lunch with the team!

What are some of the challenges within your position that you particularly enjoy?

I am always having to figure out how to do something I’ve never done before.

How did you end up in your current position or school?

I got lucky meeting our CEO by chance when he was first starting the company.

How did M&T help prepare you for where you are today?

Going from marketing to thermodynamics to finance forced my brain to switch gears quickly. I’m lucky now to have had so much practice doing that. I also had to learn early how to balance my life and manage my time very efficiently. In the startup world, that experience is invaluable – where you are constantly prioritizing and focusing on the next most important issue at hand.

What advice do you have for those who might be interested in pursuing a similar path?

Talk to me and I’ll convince you to do it!!!

Kate is VP of Operations at TourWrist, an app that helps you create and share panoramic photos, and is based in San Francisco. She graduated from Penn and M&T in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from Penn Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School with concentrations in Management and Entrepreneurship. Her favorite film is Animal House and she loves traveling to Japan.

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