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Networking with Whitman Online

By Justin Rose

Emma Snyder ’14, a senior Sociology major, knew she wanted to move to Boston after graduation. There was one problem—she didn’t know anyone in Boston. So what could she do?

That’s the question that Whitman Online hopes to answer. The database can search 16,000+ Whitman alumni by a number of categories, which is precisely what Snyder did. “I started reaching out to Whitman alumni, especially sociology majors.”

Snyder was surprised by the enthusiasm she encountered from those she contacted. Before she knew it, the alumni she spoke with had put her in touch with other alumni in fields directly related to her interests. One of her contacts, a fellow sociology major, distributed her resume and talked to recruiters on her behalf.

“I’m amazed by how eager Whitman alumni are to help out Whitman students!” she said. “They have already mentioned taking me out for drinks and showing me the best vegetarian places once I get [to Boston]”.

The database has many other uses. In addition to inquiring about job openings at specific companies, students have been able to explore the careers of alumni who shared their major. Many alumni are happy to discuss with enrolled students how they got into the fields they’re currently working in.

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“After attending an info session on how to use Whitman Online, I decided to start searching for alumni who had experience working in travel and tourism,” said Tabor Martinson ‘15.

After a careful database search and talking to several graduates, he found the profile of an alumna named Sheri Tousey ’84 who matched his interests perfectly. He sent her an email asking for suggestions or advice for entering the travel and tourism sector and she replied with her cell phone number, telling him to give her a call.

“I called her the next day and we spent over an hour on the phone with her giving me tons of helpful advice and offering me a job to work with her this summer,” says Martinson, “She has been unbelievably kind and generous with her time and knowledge.”

During her search, Snyder fell in love with a startup called Hubspot in Boston. The only issue was that she didn’t know how to get her foot in the door there. Discouraged, she asked the Boston contacts she made if they knew anyone that worked there and originally they said they didn’t know of anyone who did.

“Then, a few days later, an alumnus emailed me back that he played basketball with two guys who work there and would be happy to introduce me over email,” she said. “It was quite serendipitous.”

Martinson agreed that the Whitman connection provided a unique chance for networking opportunities.

“I participated in the KORU program this spring break in Seattle, [and] there was Dartmouth College graduate who was in my group,” he said. “He said he wished that Dartmouth had some sort of resource or database to keep track of alumni’s whereabouts and careers so that recent grads or students could look through them to make connections.”

“I told him that Whitman had that exact thing and that I used it to find an internship this summer.”

Reflecting upon her experience, Snyder urged students to reach out to alumni for help and advice. “You never know what connections are out there!” she said.



To register for Whitman Online, contact the Student Engagement Center at or via phone at 509-527-5183.

Effective Altruism Workshop

Date: May 22, 2014 to May 23, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.

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“Effective altruism is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try.” - Centre for Effective Altruism

The Effective Altruism Workshop was inspired by the work at They pose the following question:

“You’ve got 80,000 hours in your career. How can you use them to solve the world’s most pressing problems?”

Using evidence-based research and the ideas of philosophers like Peter Singer, the Effective Altruism community is trying to prioritize the way we spend our time and money to effect the highest impact possible. This workshop will present some research and case studies with the aim to engage in discussion and critical thinking about the impact we have on others.

Workshop Days

Thursday, May 22nd
11:30am – 2:00pm. Lunch Provided.

  • Introduction to effective altruism
  • Career modeling and strategic cause selection
  • Common misconceptions and cognitive biases

Friday, May 23rd

11:30am – 2:00pm. Lunch Provided

  • Non-profit case studies
  • 80,000 Hours cause analysis
  • Making a difference in any career
  • Next steps


The EA workshop is open to all members of the community. Please RSVP here, and contact with any comments or questions.

Whitties Working in Immigration

Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Kimball Auditorium

A panel with alumni working in law, education, and political organizing

Join Anna Batie ’08, Ariel Ruiz ’11, Andrea Miller ’09, and Elizabeth Hawkins ’08 for an engaging conversation about their experiences transitioning from Whitman to their career.