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May 17th, 2023

Class of 2023 Outcomes: Elise Coby Makes an Environmental Impact

Elise Coby

HPU graduates are leading prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse at one extraordinary member of the Class of 2023:

Name: Elise Coby

Hometown: Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Major: Journalism with a minor in environmental studies

Post-graduation plans: Coby will attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina, to pursue a Master of Coastal and Ocean Policy.

How HPU helped you get there: 

“HPU prepared me for graduate school through courses in biology and journalism that advocated for the specific field I wanted to go into. My professors were always willing to help me, and they inspired me to succeed. I also visited the Office of Career and Professional Development to practice for interviews and fine-tune my graduate school application.”

Most impactful mentor at HPU:

“My most impactful mentor at HPU was Dr. Bobby Hayes, professor of the practice of journalism. He always rooted for me and went out of his way to make sure I was on the right track. I have never had a professor who cared so much and truly believed in me as much as Dr. Hayes. He makes me feel like I can do anything.”

Most impactful moment at HPU:

“My most impactful moment at HPU was when the Office of Career and Professional Development helped me discover my true potential. I learned that through my graduate school applications, I was able to present myself professionally, while also being myself. I got accepted to my dream school, and I will be forever thankful for the help and guidance I received to achieve this.”

How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success? 

“The people who make up HPU’s inspiring environment want you to succeed. If you are falling behind or feel unsure about courses or career plans, you will always have someone in your corner to pick you up.”

Advice for underclassmen: 

“Be a self-advocate. Opportunities do not always fall into your lap, so expand your horizon and go outside your comfort zone — you will be rewarded for it.”

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