Alumni Tale: Ariella Coombs ’12

What did you study at UNH?


What were you doing 1 year out of college?

A year out of school, I was working at a tiny little career advice blog called CAREEREALISM in Portsmouth. I’m actually still working there today! However, we’ve since rebranded to Work It Daily, and now offer virtual career support services to those looking to advance their careers or find new jobs. It’s no longer primarily a blog. Since we’re still a small company, I wear many hats. But my main focus is marketing and content strategy for the brand.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

In addition to working for Work It Daily, I decided to take on some extra projects to help serve my community. First, I started mentoring UNH students through the UNH Pathways Mentorship Program, which has been hugely rewarding. Later, I started volunteering for Catapult Seacoast, a young professionals networking group on the Seacoast (if you haven’t heard of it, check it out!). Eventually, I earned a seat on the board of the organization. It’s really cool to have the ability to serve my community in a way that directly ties to my work!

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Ah! We haven’t gotten there yet, thankfully! But I’m hoping I’m doing some cool stuff at that point… like having my own business or traveling the world or something! 🙂

What are you doing now?

Crushing it at Work It Daily, volunteering at Catapult Seacoast, mentoring at UNH Pathways, writing for the Stay Work Play blog, and serving as president of the UNH Seacoast Alumni Network Group. Oh, and I just bought a house in Dover!

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

I never got to study or work abroad, but I wish I did!

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

Getting into UNH was one of the best days of my life. I still have my acceptance letter tucked in one of my favorite books. For me, UNH not only gave me a great education, it also gave me a chance to live on my own, manage my time and workload, and build a network of great friends and future colleagues. I had a blast and learned so much. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything!

Why do you believe in UNH?

I am so proud to be a Wildcat. I believe in UNH because it helped me get where I am today. I would do it all over again! GO CATS <3