What do you think helped you in finding and landing your job?
One thing I did all throughout Swarthmore, and now after, is keeping in touch with alumni and other people who have helped me. The summer after my sophomore year I had an internship with the dean of a law school who was a Swarthmore alumnus. Since then, I’ve been in touch with him every few months, just sending him an email and update about my life and what I’m doing. Now that I’m applying to law school, I’ve been able to ask him, “Hey, I’m thinking of these schools, what do you think?” He’ll give me advice, and we always keep up this dialogue. Now I even have some students emailing me—a Swarthmore senior contacted me wanting to know about my job; I was happy to take the time to answer because other people took the time to speak to me, so the least I could do pass that along. And I found out that everyone knows someone, and that’s half the battle— knowing someone to talk to. Just let people know what you need. People are always willing to help, more than I think people often believe.
What’s something you wish you’d known while you were looking at career options?
Something that I was really worried about that maybe I shouldn’t have been, is the cost of living in New York. I know it’s expensive— people always warn you— but I almost didn’t take the job I have now because I thought I wouldn’t be able to afford living here. But I realized that if you are smart about your money, you pack your lunch, and you’re just really careful with your money, you can make it work. I guess it’s good that people warn you about how expensive the city can be, but I wish someone would have told me that I would be okay. I’ve been doing more than well. What I’m making is not a lot, especially compared to some of my friends who started working in finance, or are software engineers, but I don’t think my New York experience is any worse than theirs.