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Evan Toomey

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Other Major: Finance
Hometown: Millersville, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was the opportunity to work closely with a team in a corporate setting every day and apply the interpersonal skills I have learned from being in a community such as Penn State. By the end of my experience, I was an integral part of the team and grew close to my fellow teammates.

My experience strengthened my passion for Economics and Finance and illustrated how my classroom knowledge can be applied in a productive and interesting way in the workforce

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I was able to strengthen my problem solving skills by being challenged to implement multiple process improvements during my experience. My experience required strong logical reasoning which I have and will continue to pick up through my Economics courses.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

In terms of career goals, my experience strengthened my passion for Economics and Finance and illustrated how my classroom knowledge can be applied in a productive and interesting way in the workforce. I was also able to see the value of enjoying the work you are doing as well as the people you are working with. Because of my great experience, I plan to pursue a similar career to my internship and may, ultimately, be employed by Vanguard.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program ensured that I was a strong leader and took initiative during my experience. Because of this, I had the confidence and skills necessary to ask questions, lead team building exercises, give presentations in front of managers, and train other coworkers. Being a Paterno Fellow and having that initiative resulted in an even more rewarding internship experience than was originally planned.

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