The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Class of 2009

Turning Your Passion Into Your Living with a Liberal Arts Degree

On Friday, August 4th, the Rockefeller Center hosted a one-day conference entitled “How to Make Your Passion Your Living with a Liberal Arts Degree.” The purpose of the conference was to help students learn how to translate their interests into careers that have meaning and impact.

Puja Devi ’19 values a liberal arts degree “because it encourages me to both delve into my interests as well as explore fields I might not favor as much.” Even though she is a government major, she has taken classes in sociology and women’s and gender studies, studied abroad in India, and is currently searching for research projects in geography.

The conference featured remarks from Rebecca Biron, Dean of the College, about the versatility of a liberal arts degree as well as six young alumni.

Rey Allie ’11 studied Government and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He has developed insights to help Uber expand into new markets across the world, expanded the scope and reach of Google’s Intelligence and Investigations team, and currently advises senior leaders on strategic initiatives and opportunities at OfferUp.

Class of 2009 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front Row: Dylan Nelson ‘09, Ashley Smith ‘09, Khiet Nguyen ‘09, Agatha Erickson ‘09, Radha Kulkarni ‘09, Lauren Farleigh ‘09

Middle Row: Sean Nelson ‘09, Taylor Dryman ‘09, Raymond Rodriguez ‘09, Brenna Hughes ‘09, Katherine Dutko ‘09, Annie Rittgers ‘09, John Beck ‘09

Back Row: Andrew Zabel ‘09, Lee Cooper ‘09, Adam Breuer ‘09, Lense Gebre-Mariam ‘09, Harshil Shah ‘09, Julian Thomas ‘09, Matthew Alkaitis ‘09, Jeffrey Kolovson‘09

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences