Behind some of the world’s most profound progress is a community of leaders who are not to be underestimated. They’re Temple alumni. And they’re making incredible differences in astounding ways. Without them, who knows where we’d be?Play Video +
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Entering the Workforce with Full Force
Temple students share an uncommon drive they carry with them for the rest of their lives.
To them, a job isn’t only a job. It’s an opportunity to relentlessly dedicate themselves to doing their best, being the best and making others better in turn.
So if you’re looking for someone to fill a position, hire anyone. If you’re looking for someone to energize your companyHire an Owl +
Connor Rattey ’17Learn More +
finance, risk management and insurance, corporate social responsibility minor
Connor was competing with students from across the country for a chance to intern at Goldman Sachs, but he didn’t give up. Instead, he gave his all. Several interviews and two flights later, his "all" got him an internship as a Global Compliance Analyst in the company’s Salt Lake City office. But Connor isn’t your average business guy. To him, green is more than the color of money. He’s determined to help organizations minimize their negative environmental impacts through positive solutions, and yours could be first.
"My overarching career goal is to help an organization "do good" in the eyes of all its stakeholders—customers, employees, community, and the environment—not just its shareholders."
Alex Monsell ’16Learn More +
For Alex, theater is fuel for progress—both in thought and among his peers. He helped start Temple Theater’s Sidestage Season, an on-campus, student-run organization that allows him and fellow theater majors to take charge of their own productions. TTSS even donates proceeds to local charities and scholarships, because Alex believes art should benefit the entire community, not just the manager. And that’s exactly the type of theater company he’ll run someday.
"My leadership experience has taught me, above all else, how to follow effectively. I now understand that it isn’t just how you do your job, but what kind of atmosphere you create with your work"
Verishia Nicole Coaxum ’15Learn More +
english, criminal justice minor
Growing up within walking distance of campus, Verishia had her heart set on Temple since third grade. Now a law school hopeful, she’s channeling her energy into spreading awareness in her community about the rights of victims in the criminal justice system. After practicing law for a few years here or abroad, she aims to return to Temple to teach trial advocacy and take part in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, ultimately completing her own circuit.
"My English skills as well as my knowledge of the criminal justice system allow me to give people who would not have a voice a platform to be heard."
Lindsey Murray ’15Learn More +
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, senior Lindsey was up at 5 a.m. By 7 a.m., she was on a NYC-bound bus to her internship at Seventeen Magazine. And every night, she’d come right back to campus again to excel in her classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. With more real-world experiences than many college grads a few years out of school, imagine what she’ll accomplish as a full-time journalist.
"This extremely limits my free time, but this is something I’ve wanted since freshman year, so there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to do everything in my power to make it work."
Lydia Fehintola Lawson ’15Learn More +
Lydia always dreamed of changing someone’s life, and she expected to do it by studying medicine and becoming a doctor. But after spending a semester teaching her peers, she realized she could affect lives every day through education.
After graduation, Lydia wants to remedy the education system in the U.S. or abroad. Whether in medicine or education, her M.O. is about making a positive impact with everyone she meets. All she needs is a place to make that happen.
"You can place me in any situation and I won’t drown - I’ll swim. And not only that, I’ll be a victor."
Matt Cahill ’15Learn More +
history and secondary social studies education double major
Matt took charge of his dyslexia, turning it into positive energy that has empowered the Temple community. He founded a chapter of Eye to Eye, an art-based mentoring program that pairs up college and middle school students with learning disabilities. Within two years, Temple’s Eye to Eye chapter has become the largest in the nation.
Now Matt wants to make a difference for students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Imagine what his grit could do for your organization.
"There are those who do work to fill up resumes. I work to make an impact in the lives of people around me."
Several days a week at 7 a.m., Temple journalism students Cindy Stansbury, Lindsey Murray and Esther Katro, all Class of 2015, board a Megabus at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station for a two- to three-hour commute to New York City to work at internships with prestigious media outlets, including Rolling Stone, Seventeen magazine and NBC.
"Temple taught me how to be a self-starter, which is definitely attractive to media companies."
— Cindy Stansbury
"This is just one more stepping stone to getting where I want to be in life."
— Lindsey Murray