Really smart people come here, and when they arrive, they do amazing things. Here are their stories; what will yours be?
As an Innovation Scholar, Dan Kirichok '22 will present his year-long project at the UNH URC and is gaining valuable experience in the field he intends to work at the UNH Interoperability Laboratory. Dan feels inspired by University of New Hampshire Alumni mentors and is paired with an international student through Buddies Without Borders - bridging cultures, widening perspectives and building friendships.
"UNH has done so much to help me open up and experience so many things." For Jordan Lavallee '19, hands-on opportunities set UNH's nursing program apart and helped prepare her for her first job at a regional hospital.
UNH gave Alexis Gray the confidence to be the person she wanted to be, and now her career is taking off. The economics major at Paul College of Business and Economics has secured a job as a member of L.L. Bean’s media team.
First-generation student Amada Guapisaca learned about falling and getting back up during her time at UNH. The Queens , New York, native says the sacrifices her family made to get her to college have been the motor for her these last four years.
Despite the rigorous course load that comes with being a mechanical engineering major at the University of New Hampshire, Sohani Demian ‘21 has had time to “dip her toes” into lots of different things, from the slow food movement that helped bring a winter farmers market to the MUB to an NSF internship.
Friendships, the community, and the memories are what’s most important for Maria Rollinson ’21. The College of Liberal Arts major has explored her options and found her place right here at the University of New Hampshire.
"UNH is a safe spot where you can take risks, you can act on your passions and discover new things you are interested in. I was shocked that it didn’t feel like five minutes away from my house where I grew up — it just feels like I’m completely engaged in this whole new universe."
"I knew that civil engineering was something that could combine my passion for community, public service, math, science and the environment. I love the fact that my research has the potential to actually have an impact on communities. UNH has given me the confidence that I need to attack real-world problems. I believe that I can be a game-changer."
New Hampshire native Abbey McIntosh ’19 turned her love of storytelling into a job at CatchFire Creative following commencement this past spring. The recent grad says it was the connections and friendships that made it all possible.
Omar Nabulsi '18 '19G knew where he wanted his career to take him and credits UNH with helping him get there. End result: a job offer from a Big Four accounting firm before he even finished his master’s degree.
The opportunity to work with COLSA’s equine and dairy cow programs caught the eye of Amber McElhinney ’19. She's one step closer to her dream of becoming a veterinarian after commencement last spring and vet school at UC Davis starting in the fall.
Nelson Thomas '20 came to UNH knowing he wanted to be more than a student athlete and luckily enough, he's been able to do exactly that. The key to his success? Hard work, dedication, and many opportunities UNH has thrown his way — both on and off the field.
A UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics marketing class inspired a career choice in advertising for Devin McMahon ’19. She couldn’t imagine getting opportunities like traveling across the country or presenting a business plan as a freshman, but she’s certainly happy she pursued each challenge head-on.
Following in the footsteps of two older siblings, Zack Dresser ’19 chose to make #UNH his home. The Paul College finance major immediately got involved with the Rines Angel Fund, a program that works with real-world entrepreneurs and is unlike anything else in the country.
When her mom suggested she attend her alma mater, Juliana Good ’20 found it to be the perfect fit. The UNH College of Liberal Arts major wants to provide quality arts education to kids and both her peers and professors have given her the confidence to do just that.
I always felt the need to serve … UNH has prepared me very well.” Jake Remick ‘19 found an opportunity to balance a rigorous engineering course load while leading and mentoring others in the ROTC. He is now working at BAE Systems and is an infantry officer in the Army National Guard.
Mia Holm's athletic training major is a great step toward becoming a physical therapist. The Goffstown, New Hampshire, native has spent hours, some of them in the pouring rain, working with the UNH men’s soccer team.
“UNH has been able to offer me so many opportunities that involve meeting new people and participating in new experiences. It is in these moments where I grew as a person holistically. UNH has given me more than I ever expected.”
“I’ve had a lot of really meaningful experiences, like doing research, and really taking charge of my own education. I’ve had the opportunity to travel a lot, and I think traveling really opens my eyes to this much bigger world and the bigger issues we need to tackle.”
"The most worthwhile experiences I've had at UNH have been the ones where I've challenged myself. I came here thinking I'd never be a leader, now I'm happy to say I proved myself wrong. UNH showed me how growth happens outside of your comfort zone – that's a lesson that will stay with me for life."
“I applied to the UNH Washington Center internship program and ended up working for the U.S. Marshals Service. I knew I would make really great connections if I decided to go into federal law enforcement and what better place to be than Washington D.C.? It was the best thing I have done through UNH to date.”
Why would a biochem major be learning about venture capital, private equity and angel funding? For Rachel Yee ’20, it’s the merging of two career interests, and she’s getting a lot of experience in both as an associate with UNH’s Rines Angel Investment Fund.
"UNH and Paul College helped me reach my full potential. I never thought I'd get an internship offer from an accounting firm – but I received offers from three of the 'big four' firms. I never thought I'd be a dean's ambassador – but I was nominated and selected to be one of only six. At this point when I set a goal for myself, I know I will achieve it. "
“I had my reservations about UNH; it was a state school, and it was my state school, meaning that there would be a lot of my graduating high school class here. All my fears were dissuaded when I realized how big the school is, and how many opportunities are afforded to me by virtue of just being a student at UNH.”
"During my time at UNH, I’ve become more determined and better informed. The opportunity to study challenging issues around climate change, health care systems and global justice, has improved my ability to think critically, inspiring me to create positive change."
"The most important lesson I have learned is to not be afraid to try new things and to be yourself! I don't know where I would be this year if it weren't for all the clubs and organizations I have been a part of. There are always new things to try out on campus. When you get more involved, more doors open up for great opportunities."
Finance & Information Systems
"Being from Norway, it was a tough decision to fly across the world to go to school away from family and friends, but I am extremely happy I made the choice. I've made life-long relationships, taken many unique courses, and made full use of the countless opportunities that UNH provides."
"One of the outstanding opportunities UNH offers is research. I've been involved in three major projects and have presented at multiple research conferences. These experiences allowed me to network with professionals in my field, get to know esteemed professors on a personal level, and learn valuable skills to advance my career."
Mechanical Engineering & International Affairs
"I love the fact that we can create a sustainable difference in communities by applying engineering concepts to real life."
"UNH has challenged and pushed me to excel. I have grown academically, athletically, and spiritually in ways I did not think possible. My mentors, professors, coaches, teammates and friends have all played a significant role in shaping me into the individual I am today and I can’t thank them enough."
“Growing up, I saw what my dad did — he’s an electrical engineer — so I grew up with the mindset, ‘OK, I’m going to be an engineer.’ In Iran, you grow up either to be an engineer or doctor because of the bright future they have. A lot of people go into that because of the pressure from outside, but I grew up loving it.”
“UNH is a great environment for you to immerse yourself in the culture and the language. I have some classes where I’m the only international student, so I’m almost forced to speak English, forced out of my comfort zone. I really like that.”