Power to the network! During my Wheaton years, I used every resource available to me and became very active. I was a peer mentor in the Filene Center, a preceptor, a resident advisor, an admission intern, an assistant in the Political Science Department and president of the Model UN Club. Through all of these roles, I learned the power of making connections–particularly Wheaton connections. Three of my four undergraduate internships were with Wheaton alums.
Wheaties helping Wheaties: With the help of the Filene Center, I landed a summer internship with the Rhode Island state government after my freshman year. I reached out to Janet Hanson ’74 the following year, and got an internship with her online women’s network, 85 Broads, in New York City. The next summer I worked for my sister, Penny Kostaras ’01, in her tutoring business in California. And finally, through Economics Professor John Gildea, I got an internship under Cheryl Warren-Powers ’95 at a boutique wealth management company.
Favorite courses: I doubled majored in economics and international relations. Some of my favorites were Public Finance with John Miller, Corporate Finance with John Gildea and my senior seminar in international relations with Darlene Boroviak.
After graduation: I also landed my first job out of college through Wheaton connections. With the help of Sharon Howard ’87 and Anthony Febles ’01 of the Office of Alumnae/i Relations, I scored an interview with Michael Brogna ’95 at the Boston office of Michael Page International, a British executive search agency. Now I’m working there as a recruiter, specializing in banking and financial services.
The good life: Now I live in Boston, which has an awesome young alumnae/i network. All in all, life is good, thanks to the great opportunities I had at Wheaton.
Advice for incoming freshmen: Learning at Wheaton goes well beyond the classroom. Use Wheaton’s resources, because the college’s small size makes them so accessible. Being active on campus and developing yourself with the guidance of Wheaton’s mentors is very rewarding!