Tatum Barclay ’22 has been inspired by the field of law since she was young, fueled by her dyslexia diagnosis and her desire to advocate for others. Next year, she will begin her studies at Georgetown Law. The philosophy major was drawn to Georgetown because its duality of learning and connection mirrored the academic experiences and supportive mentors she found at Hamilton.
“Professors at Hamilton are incredibly invested in their students and their students’ success in the classroom and beyond,” she said. “I am incredibly grateful […] for their desire to get to know their students.”
Five Grads to Join Deutsche Bank
Hamilton’s alumni network is hard at work at companies and organizations across the country and around the world. That’s perfectly illustrated by the Hamiltonians at Deutsche Bank who helped several graduates earn summer internships that led to jobs. The alumni at Deutsche Bank provided them with insights about working at the bank, answered their questions, and helped them prep for interviews. The recent graduates felt that the alumni were on their side.
“They made it very easy,” said Quinlan Crowley ’22, an economics major. “You know, sometimes it's a little difficult, and I guess daunting, to make those phone calls. They are almost like cold calls, and you don't know these older people very well. They have this awesome job, and you really just want their help. But they were super friendly, willing to get any advice, willing to answer all questions. It was great.”
In addition to Crowley, Jenn Fleming ’22, Lily Qiu ’22, and Morgan Hartranft ’22 were among the first four to accept roles with Deutsche Bank. Jack Grossi ’22 will also join them.
Jahmali Matthews ’22
Jahmali Matthews ’22 was awarded an FAO Schwarz Fellowship, a highly selective two-year award in social impact that includes a paid position with a leading nonprofit, personalized mentoring, and professional development opportunities. This prestigious fellowship was awarded to just seven graduating seniors this year. Matthews will work at Breakthrough Boston, an organization that “empowers educational experiences for traditionally underrepresented students on their path to college and is the largest pre-professional teacher training program in the country.”
It was through Matthews’ concentration in sociology that she discovered where she wanted her career path to begin.
“When I initially attended Hamilton, I was certain I had an interest in law, but studying sociology made me realize I have a passion for justice,” she said. “I’m not sure where my interest in social justice and talent for creative writing will land me in the long run, but I will be starting my post-graduation experience further exploring my commitment to challenging social inequality.”
R.J. Corba ’22
Memorial Sloan Kettering
The next step R.J. Corba ’22 will take on his path to becoming a physician will be conducting clinical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. A biochemistry major and member of the men’s lacrosse team, Corba found support and empowerment in many faculty and staff mentors he had at Hamilton, including Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Scott Barnard.
“Coach B has helped keep me grounded and process driven throughout my four years at Hamilton,” he said. “The team culture we have raised based on the pillar of strong work ethic has truly allowed me to keep chopping at my goals and aspirations along the way.”
Mian Osumi ’22
During her first year at Hamilton, Mian Osumi ’22 took a Food and Philosophy course that not only changed her life, but shaped her entire college experience and ultimately her career path. As she facilitated systemic change on campus when it came to making vegetarian and vegan food options more readily available, she sought out a social media internship with OmniFoods, a leading plant-based pork brand in Asia. Now, the environmental studies and world politics double major has landed a full-time role with the company where she can apply what she learned about herself through her academic and extracurricular experiences.
“My background in politics and awareness prepared me to think about all of these issues daily, and connect to [OmniFoods’] like-minded consumers on a deeper level,” Osumi said. “I would have never connected to any of these factors initially had it not been for my academic background in world politics, environmental studies, and policy. I’m looking forward to continuing working with a brand that is mission-oriented toward animal agriculture issues and to see the brand grow.”
Bristol Fellows to Expand Perspectives, Facilitate Change
The spirit of inquisitiveness and a determination to better understand people and processes can be found in this year’s recipients of Hamilton’s Bristol Fellowship, Josef Komissar ’22 and Maria “Alejandra” Pulido ’22. Each Bristol Fellow receives a $30,000 research grant to spend a year after graduation studying an issue of personal interest. Komissar’s topic is “The Language of Juggling: Cultural Exchange Through Performance,” while Pulido will pursue “Paths of the Displaced: Exploration of Migration Resources.”
Komissar, a computer science and mathematics double major, noted that he plans to use his time as a Bristol Fellow examining how different landscapes and cultures have impacted the development of juggling and juggling communities around the world. “One of the most exciting prospects is the opportunity to meet so many new people from completely different backgrounds than myself,” he said. “Juggling will provide me a basis for meeting new people, even if it means just standing around in a public park and juggling for passersby.”
Pulido is determined to better the experiences of migrants and refugees and will pursue research that focuses on the migrant populations of Greece, France, Spain, Togo, and Singapore. “I am a political asylee from Colombia and am privileged enough to have gotten American citizenship,” the world politics major said. “I chose to focus on migration because every place I have been and every displaced person I have encountered was in need of more assistance than was provided.”
Meredith Gioia ’22
George Washington University
Motivated by her personal experiences and those of loved ones, Meredith Gioia ’22 will pursue her doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) at George Washington University in the fall and take the first step in correcting the inequalities she’s discovered exist in the field. Gioia undertook several shadow, volunteer, and internship experiences while at Hamilton and will combine what she learned there with her unique coursework as a psychology and literature double major to make a difference.
“Most students entering a DPT program prepare through a science-only schedule, but through Hamilton’s open curriculum I was able to strike a balance for myself,” Gioia said. “Physical therapy requires high levels of empathy and strong communication skills, so a combination of psychology and literature classes was fitting to learn from an array of viewpoints.”
Dylan Morse ’22
Dylan Morse ’22 will continue asking big questions about how culture impacts Atlantic salmon conservation as the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a national fellowship awarded to graduating seniors from 41 partner institutions. As a Watson fellow, he will receive a $36,000 stipend to pursue “a year of independent, purposeful exploration” abroad.
Morse’s project will send him to five countries around the Atlantic Ocean that have a unique connection to salmon: Canada, Iceland, Scotland, Spain, and Norway. The biology and Hispanic studies double major’s academic adventure at Hamilton led him to securing an Emerson grant to pursue a project on trout populations near his home. This was done in conjunction with the Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a conservation nonprofit that Morse volunteered with from 2013 to 2019.
“I’m grateful that Hamilton has so many opportunities and that there so accessible. In my mind, it’s been a cool way to jump into new things, try and find new passions, and explore what I really like to do.”
Six to Teach in Fulbright Program
Six members of Hamilton’s Class of 2022 earned competitive Fulbright Teaching Assistantships and will spend the next year teaching English in Spain (Sarah Bargamian ’22), Bulgaria (Finlay Adamson ’22 and Hannah Petersen ’22), Taiwan (Emma Berry ’22), Cambodia (Amy Zhai ’22), and Mexico (Anyi Rescalvo ’22). Berry, an art major, will teach in Taiwan and looks forward to exchanging language teaching and learning tips with students and teachers she meets while traveling to her mother’s home country.
Her passion for teaching is something she’s been able to explore during her college experience.
“My work at [Hamilton’s] Wellin Museum has been one of the most enriching, encouraging, and fulfilling parts of my Hamilton career,” Berry said. “I think that my time designing art education programs for kids in the area will be a big help as I transition to teaching language, and I’m hoping to incorporate some of the art-based activities I used at the Wellin in my teaching abroad.”