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: Emma Dalton
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Major: Marketing with minors in sales and entrepreneurship
Post-graduation plans: Dalton will join Lexus Headquarters USA as a member of their Management Trainee Program in Plano, Texas. In her role, she will analyze customer satisfaction trends to create sales plans and coordinate on-site events to build relationships with dealers.
How HPU helped you get there:
“At HPU, I was challenged academically, pushed outside of my comfort zone and encouraged to explore my passions. HPU’s commitment to experiential learning and the supportive faculty and staff prepared me for success. I utilized the Office of Career and Professional Development to help me explore different career paths and develop my professional skills. I am excited to apply the skills and knowledge I gained at HPU to my future career.”
Most impactful mentor at HPU:
“One of my most impactful mentors at HPU was Dr. Cynthia Hanson, associate professor of marketing. She influenced me both academically and personally. Her passion for marketing and commitment to helping students succeed is truly inspiring. She has a unique ability to connect with students and was always available to answer questions, provide guidance and offer feedback on assignments.”
Most impactful moment at HPU:
“One of my most impactful moments at HPU was when I was initiated into my sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. Being surrounded by women who share similar values and interests allowed me to form meaningful friendships that will last beyond my time at college. My sorority provided me with numerous opportunities for personal growth and development, such as leadership positions, educational programs and the ability to participate in various philanthropic events.”
How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success?
“From the moment I stepped onto HPU’s campus, I was struck by the beauty and positive energy that emanated from every corner. HPU has created a culture of excellence and support that motivated me to work harder, strive to do my best and achieve my goals.”
What are the life skills HPU helped you develop that prepared you for long-term success?
“HPU taught me the importance of effective communication, which is essential to any career. Through group projects, presentations and interactions with faculty and staff, I learned how to communicate clearly and effectively. In addition, HPU taught me the importance of adaptability and resilience. Through my experiences at HPU, I learned how to navigate change and uncertainty with perseverance and grace.”
What are the values and virtues HPU’s campus helped you develop that you’ll take with you after graduation?
“One of the core values that HPU instilled in me is a commitment to excellence. HPU pushed me to strive for my personal best and to never settle for mediocrity. HPU also helped me develop a dedication to service. Through volunteer work and community projects, I learned the importance of giving back to others and using my talents to make a positive impact on the world. These values will continue to guide me as I embark on my professional career and work towards achieving my goals.”
Advice for underclassmen:
“Take advantage of all the opportunities HPU has to offer. Whether it’s participating in internships, joining clubs and organizations, or attending networking events, it’s important to start building your network early. Connect with alumni and seek out mentorship opportunities to build relationships with professionals in your desired field. The more you experience, the better equipped you will be to navigate the post-graduation job market.”
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