AMHERST, MA - On Sunday, February 17th, Amherst LEADS welcomed back five esteemed alumni to campus. In addition to being exemplary athletes, these alumni graduated from Amherst accomplishing remarkable feats. With their well-versed knowledge in life after graduation, the Amherst LEADS staff felt it important to connect the recent graduates with the current Captains cohort to discuss navigating life post-graduation.
Joining the Captains cohort were alumni Carly Dudzik, Keri Lambert, Stephanie Clegg, Thomas Foote, and Matt Tower.
Carly Dudzik graduated from Amherst College in 2012 where she majored in Psychology. As a student at Amherst College, Carly was a member of the field hockey and softball teams. After graduation, she coached field hockey and softball for a few years at Amherst College while getting her Master’s in Sport Management from UMass Amherst. Upon receiving her Master’s degree, Carly transition to the business side of sports and has been working in marketing since 2015. Currently, Carly is consulting at the sports marketing agency Octagon.
Keri Lambert majored in History before graduating from Amherst College in 2013. While at Amherst College, Keri was a member of the cross country and track & field teams. After graduating, she completed a Watson Fellowship and then enrolled in a PhD program in African History at Yale University. As a fifth-year doctoral candidate, she’s now teaching for Yale’s Department of History, while working to complete her dissertation. Keri expects to graduate in May of 2020 and hopes to remain in higher education thereafter.
Originally from Woburn, Massachusetts, Stephanie Clegg graduated from Amherst College in 2012. At Amherst, she majored in Chemistry and Psychology and completed her premed requirements. Stephanie captained the women’s field hockey, ice hockey, and also played softball during her first two years at Amherst. After graduating, she worked as the Hitchcock Fellow where she coached field hockey and ice hockey, while also volunteering in the Colley Dickinson Emergency Department and working as a medical assistant in a primary care medical home. When the one-year fellowship was over, Stephanie spent two years working as a clinical research coordinator on the breast oncology team at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA and is eagerly awaiting “Match Day,” when she will learn where she is spending the next five years for her orthopedic surgery residency.
Thomas Foote graduated from Amherst College in 2009. While at Amherst, he majored in Economics and was a member of the lacrosse team. Upon graduation, Thomas knew that he wanted to teach, but didn’t have a job lined up for the fall. That summer he was hired to teach tenth grade English at Boston Collegiate Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Currently, Thomas is a faculty member at Suffield Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut where he has been for the past nine years. He teaches math, coaches lacrosse and football, and serves as a dorm parent and student advisor.
Last, but not least is Matt Tower. Matt is a recent graduate of Amherst College (2015) where he majored in History and was a member of the men’s soccer team. Post-graduation, Matt knew he wanted to work in education start-ups and is currently working at Venture Capital focused on education.
The student-athletes and alumni engaged in meaningful dialogue answering questions such as: What is one thing that you learned at Amherst College and in Amherst LEADS that translated well into the working world?
It was Matt Tower who summed it up nicely saying, “No matter where you go or what you do post-graduation, make sure to take time for yourself. We get caught up in the day to day routines of our lives, but if Amherst [College] teaches you anything, it reminds you how to balance a hectic schedule with time for yourself included.”
It was a joy to welcome the alumni back to campus! We appreciate their time and dedication to make this day a very special event.
What’s next for Amherst LEADS?!
- Sunday, March 3rd– Emotional Intelligence Event with Hilary Beard
- Monday, March 4th– Amherst LEADS Community Event, “Space Now and Beyond”