Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Tina Shahgholi

Tina Shahgholi has been offered a post-graduation job at the online start-up company Reply! Marketplace in Palo Alto, Calif.

Smart connections: I will be working in the communications department at Reply! Marketplace, specifically in public relations. I found this particular job opportunity independently, but Wheaton definitely provided me with the means to get it. With recent workshops presented by the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services, I got a lot of help building my resume, and developed the appropriate skills needed for interviewing.

A great deal: My Wheaton education has prepared me well for this work. My major in psychology will best help me understand the cognitive processes behind decision-making in regards to advertising and how to best target consumers. At Wheaton, one learns how to think outside the box, make connections between different disciplines and make decisions based on various sources.

Making a move: I always thought I was going to be working and living in New York City but had no idea what I was going to do. People would always ask me what I wanted to be and I never knew what to tell them. Sometimes, I would hesitantly respond: happy? However, when this opportunity came, I couldn’t pass up the chance to move to the west coast!

Getting involved: I am an international student and by international, I really mean international. I am Danish and Iranian. I was born in New York and grew up in France. I spent my four years at Wheaton very involved on campus. Starting freshman year, I joined various clubs, including the International Student Association, German Club and French Club, of which I have been president for two years. Since sophomore year, I have always been an international student orientation assistant, and this past year I was a Commencement/Reunion volunteer. I joined the Class Council my senior year as class gift co-chair, and I am in charge of the athletics section of the yearbook. All of these experiences have been great for preparing for future leadership roles.

–Interview by Elizabeth Meyer ’14, photo by Charles Wang ’15