10 Under 10

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.

Calvin Johnson ’10

Calvin 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, 2012–2014; Program Manager Google Making & Science 2014–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.


Ghiane C. Jones '07

Ghiane 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–January 2015; Institutional Account Executive, Invesco PowerShares, February 2015–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.


Scott Bixby

Scott Bixby ’11

New York, New York
History major
Digital Media Fellow, The New Republic, 2011; Social Media Editor, Bloomberg News/Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012-13; Social Media Editor/Reporter, The Daily Beast, 2014; News Editor, Mic, 2014-15; Senior Editor, Mic, 2015-2016; National Reporter, The Guardian, 2016-present

When you’re covering the Supreme Court one day and the United Nations the next, there’s no better background knowledge than a liberal arts education. A day doesn’t go by in my career as a journalist when I don’t rely on the skills I learned at Hamilton. My experience as news editor at Hamilton’s student-run newspaper, The Spectator, taught me more about writing and editing than any summer internship. The writing-intensive curriculum at Hamilton isn’t just for English majors — professors in every discipline emphasize the same high standards for all their students, molding effective communicators and brilliant writers.


Fallon Chipidza ’10

Fallon Chipidza ’10

Boston, Massachusetts
Economics and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major
Financial Analyst, Blackrock, Inc., 2010–12; Medical Student, Harvard Medical School, 2012–16, graduated in May

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 ’07

Alon 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), 2011–16; Managing Partner Stacked VB (venture fund & builder), 2016–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.


Lauren Magaziner ’12

Lauren Magaziner ’12

Brooklyn, New York
Creative Writing Major
Children’s Book Author, 2011-present; Assistant Editor, Scholastic Storyworks magazine 2012-14

Every day, I think about everything Hamilton taught me about writing. My outstanding creative writing classes and the Writing Center taught me to think critically about my craft, while my classes in other departments expanded my horizons and gave me ideas to write about. When I was a sophomore, a Hamilton alum helped me secure my first internship in publishing. That summer was a vital foot in the door for me; it set me up for another internship the following year, my job at Scholastic and my book deal with Penguin. I marvel at how Hamilton gave me the academic tools to succeed, then gave me the practical experience I needed to make my ambitions a reality.


Maxwell Akuamoah-Boateng

Maxwell Akuamoah-Boateng ’09

Syracuse, New York
Teacher/Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Teach for America/Houston School District, 2009-12; Co-Founder, Evolve Leadership Prep, 2011-12; Instructional Coach, Effective Teacher Fellowship Alternative Certification Program, 2012-13; Teacher Development Specialist, Effective Teacher Fellowship ACP, 2013-14; MBA-E Candidate, University of St. Thomas, 2013-present; Teacher/Campus Induction Coordinator, Houston district, 2014-present

As an educator, I am responsible for shaping future leaders: I help children learn to read to grow, speak to be heard and write to be understood, which are the fundamental attributes of a Hamilton experience. Critical thinking is an essential trait for leadership, and as I take on the role of school leadership, I am excited to use the skills I acquired during my Hamilton experiences to develop enrichment programs, collaborate with community members, and compete on and off the field.


Amanda Jordan '10

Amanda Jordan ’10

Stamford, Connecticut
Economics, Math
Content Specialist, FactSet Research Systems, 2010-13; Chartered Financial Analyst designation, 2014; University of Connecticut, MBA, Finance & International Business, 2015; GE Capital, Lead Analyst - Treasury Financial Planning & Analysis, 2013-present

Rather than just learning formulas and memorizing theorems from a textbook, Hamilton taught me to analyze problems that aren’t straightforward or that don’t always have a “right” solution. This skill has proved invaluable in the ever-evolving financial services industry. As markets and regulations constantly change, processes need to be both dynamic and transparent. Not only did Hamilton teach me how to think about problems, but also how to effectively communicate complex material. More importantly, Hamilton fueled my desire to keep learning. I believe this is a common motivation of all Hamiltonians and will help drive success in any career we pursue.


Teddy Krolik '07

Teddy 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.; Student in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 2014–16, graduated June 2016 

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.


Emily Tang ’08

Emily 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, 2013–2015; Program Associate, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, April–December 2014; Program Officer with the National Committee on U.S.–China Relations 2015–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.

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