Tiger alumni returned to the Hill to share their career experiences and advice with Hampden-Sydney students at panel discussion and networking reception on February 20. Representing a variety of professions and diverse career paths, the alumni spoke of Hampden-Sydney’s role in their current success and their experience as part of the College’s alumni network, recently ranked second in the nation by The Princeton Review.
The evening’s formal topics ranged from entrepreneurship to the current job market, but the discussion returned several times to the importance of integrity, work ethic, and leadership—traits that were strengthened during their time on the Hill, according to members of the alumni panel.
Chris Peace ’98, an attorney and 14-year Virginia state legislator, encouraged students to take the values of the Hampden-Sydney brotherhood with them into their professional lives. “Whenever you face a difficult choice, remember who you are and the core values you learned here: accountability, civility, integrity. Guard those common bonds and represent Hampden-Sydney well,” said Peace, who served in the student senate during his H-SC days. “Hampden-Sydney is the way the world should be, but isn’t. Figure out a way to make the world more like Hampden-Sydney,” he told the young Tigers.
Several alumni also spoke of the value of their liberal arts education to their professional success. As president of a real estate acquisition and development firm in Raleigh, NC, Bo Bennett ’90 said that his history and economics background gives him both the critical and creative thinking to identify opportunities and organize diverse partners. “A liberal arts education enables you to think outside the box and look at the big picture,” he explained.