These 10 graduates left College Hill less than 10 years ago.

They reveal their career paths and how Hamilton prepared them for life after college.


Teddy Krolik '07Teddy Krolik ’07

Baltimore, Maryland

Government major

Research Assistant, ICF International, 2007–08; Deputy Field Organizer, Obama for America, 2008–09; Environmental and Sanitation Program Director, Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, 2010–present; named to list of 100 GOOD People, 2013, by GOOD Worldwide, Inc.

My experience as a HAVOC volunteer was one of the most enjoyable and important things I did at Hamilton. Nearly every week I had the opportunity to mentor Utica children both on campus and at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. I learned about the local community by forming strong relationships with Utica children and their families, and many of the same lessons apply to my job today as a community organizer-urban planner in my hometown of Baltimore. Every person, whether living in Utica or Baltimore, deserves a community that is safe, healthy and beautiful, and my job is to help neighbors build places that reflect that shared vision.

Ghiane C. Jones '07Ghiane C. Jones ’07

Chicago, Illinois

Economics major

Equity Options Analyst, Goldman Sachs, 2007–09; Senior Investment Sales Analyst, Goldman Sachs, 2009–10; Regional Consultant, Goldman Sachs, 2010–13 (Outstanding IAC Regional Consultant-Q4, 2012); Northern Trust Global Investments-FlexShares, Northern Trust, 2013; Associate Business Development Executive, Exchange Traded Funds, Northern Trust, 2013–present

After the 2008 market downturn, I was torn between going back to business school or continuing my work at Goldman Sachs, so I reached out to a former partner of Goldman Sachs and a fellow Hamilton graduate. After our discussion, I felt more motivated than ever before to pursue a career in sales. Six months later, I joined the growing asset management sales business at the company. Given the new regulatory environment, banks were focused on recapitalizing, and they needed to grow their asset and wealth management businesses. It was a key turning point for my career in financial services.

Eric Kuhn ’09Eric Kuhn ’09

Los Angeles, California

Government major

Audience Interaction Producer, CNN, 2009–11; Social Media Agent, United Talent Agency, 2011–2014; Head of Marketing and Business Development, Layer3 TV, 2004–present

I’m doing a job now that didn’t exist when I was a student at Hamilton. After graduation, I ran social media for CNN. Two years later, I became Hollywood’s first “social media agent,” linking the entertainment and technology worlds. My experience with changing technologies began my freshman year. I started a radio show interviewing politicians, celebrities, authors and other interesting people. To broadcast beyond Clinton, I created podcasts (which were relatively new), accessible to anyone via the Internet. The radio show was a springboard for summer internships and, later, an exciting career path.

Fallon Chipidza ’10Fallon Chipidza ’10

Boston, Massachusetts

Economics and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major

Financial Analyst, Blackrock, Inc., 2010–12; Medical Student, Harvard Medical School, 2012–present

I gave my first oral presentation as a freshman in Introductory Chemistry. Over the next three- and-a-half years, I took a range of classes in different departments, including Monetary Policy in Economics; American Sign Language and Media Theory, both in the Communication department; and Bio­physical Chemistry in the Chemistry department. Each of these classes had an oral presentation component, and I learned to adapt my presentation to the audience.

Today, as part of my training as a doctor, I give oral presentations to fellow student doctors, to seasoned medical personnel and to other scientists in the medical field. With each speech I deliver, I always rely on the fundamentals I learned at Hamilton College.

Alon Hillel-Tuch ’07Alon Hillel-Tuch ’07

Brooklyn, New York

Economics major, Chinese minor

Operations Department, HBK Capital (hedge fund), 2007; Manager of PGT Department and Special Situations, BCMS Corporate (investment bank), 2008–11; Master of Science, Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, 2011; Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer, RocketHub (crowdfunding), 2011–present

The nonlinear nature of my education and, most importantly, the open-form structure of the campus and student body helped me believe in myself and others enough to step beyond the traditional career path. I helped create an industry that did not exist when I was a student at Hamilton College. There really is no single experience that shapes you; it is the aggregate of all the good and bad experiences. Hamilton allowed me to learn from both.

Calvin Johnson ’10Calvin Johnson ’10

San Francisco, California

Biology major

Zoo Volunteer, Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, 2010–11; Camp Assistant Director, Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, 2011; Operations Associate, Google self-driving car, 2011–12; Program Manager, Google self-driving car, 2012–present

My academic and extracurricular experiences at Hamilton taught me to never stop learning. This has helped me in every job I’ve had — from manually unboxing and sorting CDs, to taking care of animals in a zoo, to helping develop the Google self-driving car. You never know where your career will take you and what opportunities will appear. Hamilton equipped me with the skill set to adapt and to succeed in any setting.

Melissa Kong ’08Melissa Kong ’08

Chicago, Illinois

psychology major, anthropology minor

Assistant Marketing Manager, Fortune Magazine, 2008; Associate Marketing Manager, Time Inc., 2009–11; Editor-in-Chief, Studentbranding.com, 2009–12; Account Manager, Outbrain, 2012; Editor-in-Chief, Technori, 2012–13; CEO, Technori, 2013; Eventbrite, Consumer Content Strategist, 2014-present; Digital Media Consulting Group, Content Marketing and Brand Strategist, 2014–present

Hamilton taught me how to reverse-engineer problems and turn the solutions into compelling stories. When you’re sitting in your classes, it’s easy to take what you’re learning at face value. But you’re not just learning about biology, chemistry, history, economics, psychology, sociology and writing. You’re learning how to solve problems in meaningful and intelligent ways. Moreover, you’re learning how to convince others of the solutions you come up with. My two greatest career assets I learned at Hamilton: problem solving and effective communication.

Marco AllodiMarco Allodi ’08

Pasadena, California

Chemical Physics major

Fulbright in Germany, 2008–09; Ph.D. Program in Chemical Physics at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2009–present

Hamilton Professor of Physics Gordon Jones once told me that the things you learn in fields outside of science are more useful to you later than the science you are learning as an undergraduate. Since continuing my career, I have come to realize just how true that is. At Hamilton, I learned that through writing you come to understand something more completely. Being able to communicate what you learned to someone else is equally important, and since writing is the main vehicle for scientific communication, if you cannot write, you cannot excel in science.

Emily Tang ’08Emily Tang ’08

Washington, D.C.

Creative Writing and Chinese major

Assistant Account Executive, GREY New York, 2008–10; Account Executive, GREY New York, 2010–11; Program Assistant, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, 2011–12; Program Associate, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, 2012–13; M.A. Candidate, China Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 2013–present

When I graduated, there were very few job openings, so I reached out to Hamilton alumni for informational interviews. I landed my first job with the help of a Hamilton alumna who met with me to discuss her experiences at GREY New York. I came to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in the same way. When I started to consider graduate school, I consulted with alumni who had already gone through the process. In all of my career moves, the Hamilton network — helpful, open and strong — has served as an indispensable resource.

Michelle Marjory Levi ’05Michelle Marjory Levi ’05

New York, New York

English major, Government minor

Production Associate, ABC News, 2005–06; Associate Producer, Face the Nation, CBS News, 2006–08; Executive Producer, Washington Unplugged, Campaign Embed, CBS News, 2007–10; Media Relations Senior Manager, POLITICO, 2010–11; Director of Talent, ABC News, 2011–present

Every day in my journalism career, I call on skills and lessons developed at Hamilton. The emphasis placed on written and verbal communication gives every graduate a significant professional advantage. For four years, I was challenged to speak up and think creatively, which I know has given me the confidence to move into leadership roles in broadcast and political journalism. It also didn’t hurt that I landed my first job at ABC News from a fellow Hamiltonian. We graduated 25 years apart but spoke the same language.