Alumni Tale: Ethan Gauvin ’14

What did you study at UNH?

Political Science, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I was living in San Francisco and working as a legal analyst at Google. My plan at the time was to work for a couple years and then go to law school, but I ended up changing my mind because I was more interested in politics and public policy than law by itself. I was also fortunate to do a six-month rotation with Google’s government relations team and I immediately knew that I wanted to pursue public policy.

What are you doing now?

I’m a little over four years out of college and I currently live in London and work on Google’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) government relations team. I help manage and coordinate Google’s policy activity across this entire region, but I find that most of my time is spent on politics and legislative initiatives related to the European Union. I travel frequently for my job (and for vacation!) and am constantly learning more about the culture and political institutions of different countries.

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

I spent my junior year studying philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford. I loved the experience because it exposed me to a completely different academic system than the one we have in the US, and it pushed me to become a stronger thinker, writer, and advocate. I also made a lot of great international friends, many of whom I still hang out with London.

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

UNH brings people together from all kinds of backgrounds, and when I was a student I often found myself studying, socializing, and becoming friends with folks who had different perspectives and life experiences. My time at UNH taught me how to thrive in diverse work and social environments, make friends in new places and be comfortable with uncertainty—all of which contributed to my success after graduation as much as anything I learned in class.

Why do you believe in UNH?

The quality of the education you get from UNH is superb, and students have incredible faculty, programs, and classes to choose from. As with any large school, all it takes is some effort and initiative on your part to seek out what interests you and achieve your goals. I was fortunate to have an excellent advisor and professors who encouraged me to seize every opportunity that came my way, and some of these opportunities led to where I am now. There’s no reason why any current student can’t do the same.