On February 12, the Alumni Office together with the Alumni Council, welcomed back 12 alumni speakers for the 18th Annual Sophomore Career Evening. The featured speakers spoke with the sophomore classes about their professional experience in the career fields of Medicine & Health, Entrepreneurship & Social Media, S.T.E.M., Fashion & Gaming Design, and The Law.
The event began with opening remarks and introductions from Alumni Council President, Rahmi Mowjood ’90, before students and speakers were off to their chosen sessions. Of the five sessions offered, students chose their top two and also had the opportunity to network with all speakers over cookies and cocoa at the end of the evening.
Themes in each session included how each alumnus/a’s Webb experience helped shape their career path and the importance of getting started early with internships and networking. The presentations were informative, engaging and extremely well received by the sophomore class. Students heard from a variety of professionals, including a software engineer, neurosurgeon, data scientist, fashion designer, obstetrician-gynecologist, entrepreneur, social media specialist, attorney, orthopedic surgeon, and game designer about the rewards and challenges of their chosen profession, and how they arrived to where they are today. Alumni spoke about the importance of internships and externships for gaining real world experience, loving what you do each day, and having a passion for your studies both now and while in college.
Many thanks to Alumni Council members Katherine Kilmer ‘10, Coleen Martinez ’86, Dwight Morgan ’65, and President Rahmi Mowjood ’90 for their help with the evening, and to our 2017 volunteer alumni speakers:
David Bay ’10, Software Engineer, McGraw-Hill Education
Emily D’Amico Hammett ’05, Entrepreneur, Club Pilates Studios
Namath Hussein ’97, Neurosurgeon, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Katherine Kilmer ’10, Law Student, Pepperdine University
Prab Marwah ’09, Social Media Specialist, Omaze
Sarah Mojarad ’04, Lecturer, Caltech
Dominique Nong ’02, Attorney
Olivia Ong ’03, Knitwear Designer, Kendall+Kylie Collection
Charles Pensig ’03, Data Scientist, Oak Labs Silicon Valley
Jason Tam ’02, Orthopedic Surgeon, Private Practice
Edward Tangchitnob ’00, OBGYN/Medical Director, Citrus Valley Medical Center
Eshaana Sheth ’10 describes her short film, "The Butter Knife" as "a snapshot of modern, intercultural dating." It has won Best Romantic Comedy at the Los Angeles Film Awards and Top Shorts online film festival so far.
In this fascinating article in The Atlantic, writer Jeffrey Selingo dives into the argument many economists, educators, and work-force development professionals are making today--our education in early life does not seem sufficient for the needs of our 21st century economy. The third wave, as he describes, will be one of continual training and education and retraining. Read more in The Atlantic.
Alumni, family and friends are invited to join Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale and special guests for three events this April in New York City (April 11), Philadelphia (April 12) and London, England (April 14).
Once again, Webb athletes had a strong showing across the board during the 2018 winter season. Led by WSC soccer, which finished the season League Champions and with a deep run into CIF, both VWS and WSC athletics posted very positive results. VWS Water Polo also finished its league play in second place.
“It is always great each season to not only see our athletes and teams be successful on the field of play, but to see them learn and grow as individuals and part of a community,” said Director of Athletics Steve Wishek.