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Samuel Pickerine

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'13 Philosophy, Political Science | Sales Director, Educere | Fort Washington, PA
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Samuel Pickerine

Liberal Arts Majors: Philosophy; Political Science

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Current Location: Philadelphia, PA

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

I completed a year long internship at the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute. I also participated in a research project that involved using LexisNexis to compile relevant legal public records. In spring 2011, I studied Spanish and International Politics at Universidad de Alicante in Alicante, Spain.

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

Upon graduating from Penn State, I secured a job with Educere, a virtual education services provider, through the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network.

What was your favorite class and/or who was your favorite faculty member?

It's hard to choose just one course and/or faculty member to call my favorite. I enjoyed Constitutional Law with Joseph Melusky, all of my Philosophy courses with Fred Seddon, and also the yoga courses that I took for two semesters.

How did your liberal arts education and skills prepare you for life after graduation?

My liberal arts education gave me the reading, writing, and analysis skills needed to be an effective communicator in my life after graduation.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

On the topic of networking, I'm inclined to remind current students that there are actually people out there who want to help themselves by helping you. Networking is not about asking for favors, but rather participating in communities where people trust each other and are looking to share and exchange resources.

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

Having a good mentor is essential in career progression because it is helpful to get advice from people with experience that is relevant to you. Career mentors can act as close role models that come from a community outside your direct family or social circle.

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