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Andrew Hoy

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’17 Political Science | Student, Rutgers Law School | Newark, NJ
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Andrew Hoy

Liberal Arts Major: Political Science

Liberal Arts Minor: Communication Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Stone Harbor, NJ

Current Location: Midland Park, NJ

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

Because I was a network assistant in the Career Enrichment Network while in school, I had a great opportunity to take advantage of all that the Career Enrichment Network offered. Through the position, I attended numerous events and made connections with alumni in a number of different fields. My first internship experience while at Penn State was as an intern with a non-governmental charitable organization in Nicaragua. It was such a great experience that I returned to the organization as a program director for a year after graduation. I was also lucky enough to take advantage of the Washington D.C. Program through the Bellisario College of Communications. I interned with a governmental relations firm through the program and learned an incredible amount about government and politics.

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

My first job out of Penn State was a program director for the charitable organization Manna Project International. I was based in communities surrounding Managua, Nicaragua. I worked in youth education, adult education, and a variety of other areas of community development.

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was one on civil wars with Professor Lemke. I think the best parts about the class were its small size, and we were able to write on a topic of our choosing. The lectures took a scientific approach to the topic and really focused on the factors and characteristics of a country which made a civil war there more or less likely. That approach has influenced my writing and thinking in the years since I've taken the class.

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

Obtaining a liberal arts degree has really prepared me adapt to new positions or roles in the places I've worked since I graduated. Every position I've had, whether as a volunteer, employee or student, has required me to take on a responsibility outside of my expertise. One of the unique characteristics of a liberal arts education is you need to complete a lot of classes in a variety of subjects to complete it. Being able to write and research well, speak a different language, publicly speak, and use the other skills I picked up in my liberal arts education have all been useful since I graduated.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

Especially over the last year since both school and work have gone remote, putting time and effort toward networking and continuing relationships I've formed in the past has helped me enjoy what I am doing and where I am working. So much of why I enjoy what I am doing is the people I am doing it with. While not being in school or the office has made it more difficult to stay in touch with those I work with, I've found that reaching out and having a five or ten minute call has always been worth the effort.

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

One of the benefits of having a mentor is that they've had success in their career and are a great resource for me having success in mine. Whenever I am making a decision that affects my career, I have relied on my mentors for advice and perspective on that decision. Chances are, they've made a similar decision and can provide guidance or contextualize the decision in a way that I hadn't thought about before.

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