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"Find out and know what your strengths are. Then use those strengths to do something that makes a difference—in small ways if you can't in large ways. Small efforts that are well done lead to larger ripple effects." Through acts of kindness and support, Michelle Lange M'06, D'09 creates a ripple effect with her non-profit, Pay It For Her.
LAUREN SZUMAN '12
Lauren Szuman translated the leadership skills she learned as a Red Cap to an exciting career in the nonprofit sector, then took on a role as a team lead at the popular styling service, Stitch Fix. Her path took her from Hartford, Conn., to San Diego, Calif., and she's thrilled for the adventures her future holds.
JAE YONG KIM '98
"Coming from Korea, I was less comfortable with English and I was determined to work harder, but all the other kids worked so hard that it was challenging for me to catch up. Though it was difficult, the time at school was one of the most fun periods of my life. Everyone had the same dreams, goals, and interests so we never ran out of subjects to talk about and our conversation was exciting. "
AMY NOONAN '11
"Everything that I was taught about the principles of design, something as simple as symmetry and balance and composition, all of those things that we take for granted when we’re in school, they’re so important when you get out into the workforce and have to defend your point of view."
GAYLEN FERSTAND KOZIKIS '14"My favorite thing about everything I do is that the technology is always changing. There’s always something new to learn, and there are all of these people to work with."
MICHAEL MONGILLO '90
"Do it for the love of it, not with a mind or goal towards what most define as 'success.' Just concentrate on doing good work (art) and your audience will find you."
LENNY MASIELLO '69, P'98
"It is still hard to believe that 50 years have passed since graduating from the University. I sincerely believe my careers with both Square D and the military would not have been possible without attending and graduating from the University of Hartford."
MEGAN MARINO '11 AND JULIE OBERHOLTZER '13
"Find what you want to do and do it 100 percent. It is going to take a lot of dedication and hard work to get where you want to be, but it will be worth it in the end." Megan Marino '11 and Julie Oberholtzer '13 used their UHart education to co-found LIFE Tutoring, a center that pairs research with practical classroom help.
LAURA DINAN HABER '07
"I volunteer for the University of Hartford and the Alumni Association Board so I can share with others what the University and its professors helped me find within myself: global curiosity, creative perspective, and passion to make the world a better place."
CHRISTIANA LANG '12
"The alumni network is an incredible force... It inspires me to hear what drives students toward their goals and what their plans after graduation are. I believe in facilitating connections to create more synergy around a topic or a shared belief."