Regional Sales Director
Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
I found Tulane through a friend from high school's older brother. I was dead set on
attending a small school in the Northeast when I decided to visit Tulane, which turned
out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. From the second I set foot on
campus, I knew I wanted to attend Tulane.
Bachelor of Arts, Communication 2011
What do you do?
I'm in charge of revenue growth and market development for Schoology in K-12 educational organizations. My territory is New York, New England (CT, RI, MA, NH, VT, ME), Delaware, and Idaho.
What skills do you use regularly?
· Microsoft Office
· Public speaking
· Time management
How did you get to where you are today?
Right place, right time. Networking through mutual friends found me this position, and I jumped ship (and cities) to take this job.
What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
Fast-paced, autonomous work environment.
Some of the cons?
Sometimes it rains when I'm on the road.
What did you study at Tulane?
What insights did you have as a college student?
Don't be afraid to take classes that seem interesting to you, and don't fall into a major because all your friends say it's easy. Also, classes that may not seem relevant are ALWAYS relevant. The skills you learn along the way is where you find the real value. You'd be surprised how “random” classes I took in college (Sociology, Philosophy, History, and so forth) have impacted my professional development.
What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
It's okay to not know what you want to do. The thing is, most adults still don't know what they want to do. Just follow your interests and more importantly, don't be afraid to take risks. You learn more along the way.
Discuss a class that had a significant impact on you.
"The Wire," a 2000 level Sociology course. This course changed my world and the way I view social class and structures. It also challenged me to take a stance on my beliefs/morals on controversial (but very real) issues surrounding race and sexuality.
What was your first job after earning your undergraduate degree?
Sales at the Washington Business Journal, then Sales Operations at a startup company called Womply.
Do you have any other recommendations?
Be honest with yourself and accept "I don't know" as an answer when choosing courses, jobs, and a career. Do a little research on things that interest you and ask yourself "why" more often. Don't be afraid to start something new.
Also, don't listen to your parents as much as they taught you to. They grew up in a different world than you did. Take everything that everybody says with a grain of salt, and make decisions on your own. We're all still learning – even your parents.
What do you wish you had known as a first-semester freshman?
1. Treat school like a 9-5 job. You will have more fun at night that way, and enjoy all the free time during exam periods a lot more, as well.
2. Get involved in something and diversify your group of friends. You will thank yourself later in college.
3. Learn your roommate's class schedule.
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