Reflecting on her time at Hamilton, Anne Phillips ’13 says that Hamilton has provided her with a well-rounded knowledge of political, economic, and social issues, which will allow her to be successful in any career. Phillips recently applied for two fellowships, the first in the field of environmental law reform, and the second in youth development in Beijing, China. A double major in Economics and Chinese, Phillips hopes that these fellowships will be the launching point for a career in the State Department or Department of Energy.
Although Phillips now finds her career beginning to take shape, she was much less sure of her path when applying to colleges as a high school senior; “I truly did not know what direction I wanted to take,” says Phillips. Phillips’s father, a Hamilton alum, introduced her to the College when she was quite young, and she says she was always aware of the College’s prestigious reputation. Ultimately, Phillips selected Hamilton because the College stood out to her as a place where should could pursue “anything and everything” she wanted. Phillips adds that the “Hamilton emphasis on cultivating accurate and concise writing,” also set it apart from other colleges and universities.
Phillips says the most valuable lesson she has learned at Hamilton, is that time is precious, stating “I have not only learned to value time and budget time wisely, but I’ve also learned that if you do not take advantage of opportunities now, there will be no time to do so later.” This lesson has helped Phillips balance her academics with involvement in numerous volunteer organizations, including Voice Lessons Hamilton, American-Chinese Exchange Club where she was the 2012 Treasurer, America Reads where she was a tutor, Alternative Spring Break in which she was a Leader and volunteer, Lutheran Home where she was a site coordinator, Study Buddies, and Food Salvage. Phillips finds community service especially rewarding because of the people she meets- “the people you work with are incredible, inspiring individuals.”
Phillips says that “without the help of generous donors, it is unlikely I would be attending Hamilton College. It is a simple as that!”