September 17, 2021

Foreign Affairs major, Leadership in the Public Interest minor

from Frankfurt, Germany

International student Alex Zorko ’22 says H-SC is the best decision he’s ever made and that he would do it all over again—and he can say it fluently in six languages.

Alex Zorko '22 outdoor headshotActivities

Minority Student Union, Brother for Brother, Phi Alpha Delta treasurer, Pre Law Society, Outsiders Club, Spanish Club, College Activities Council, Tiger Athletic Club, Wilson Center, and various campus jobs

Favorite thing about Hampden-Sydney

The people. This includes the faculty and alumni. I’ve had faculty that have been so kind and helpful—especially during the pandemic. Our alumni pass down stories and shared history of the campus that are unimaginable. They’ve been guiding me on professional and personal levels—alumni are definitely my favorite.

Favorite place to study

The Rhetoric Studio. It’s a very peaceful space. It’s also modern enough to have plugs everywhere, making it an ideal place to study.

What is one piece of advice you would give to your freshman self?

Don’t worry about it. Calm down, take a step back, and look at the situation.

What does brotherhood mean to you?

In my eyes the definition of brotherhood is having mutual respect, mutual understanding, being ready to jump in for each other whenever we need it, and being there for each other.

What values or lessons will you take with you upon graduating from H-SC?

I’ve definitely learned how to write by taking advantage of the services provided by the Rhetoric Studio, but most importantly I’ve learned to be a good human being and to know that anything I do will impact other people whether I want it to or not.

Alex Zorko '22 outdoor headshotWhat are your plans after graduation from H-SC?

At first I was planning on going to graduate school, and I actually got accepted to the International University in Geneva for a one-year master’s program. However, as of last week, I will be working for a Big Four company as a consultant in their risk advisory team in Frankfurt. I am very excited to be able to go back home and start my career right out of college.

What do you want people to know about Hampden-Sydney?

There isn’t only one version of the “Hampden-Sydney man.” There are many versions, and not everybody is what you think. The Hampden-Sydney man embodies the values and traditions of the school—not other stereotypes.

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