Tuck Bridge Stories: An Interview with Peyton Hawkins
Peyton Hawkins is a 2012 graduate of Colgate Univeristy where she majored in art history. Peyton attended the Bridge Program in the summer of 2011. Currently, she is Manager of Strategic Partnerships at SinglePlatform. We recently discussed her Tuck Bridge experience. This is Peyton's story:
Why did you attend Bridge?
I studied Art History at a small liberal arts school, so I felt that it was important to take a couple business courses to prepare me for a career after college. I came out of Bridge with a stronger skill set, confidence to enter the workforce and the edge that I needed to stand out in a competitive job market.
After the program, I used the Bridge career site to tap into Tuck’s expansive network. I found the SinglePlatform job posting through the site and connected with Bridge alum, Abby Fuller, to prepare for the interview. Since accepting the job four years ago, I’ve experienced two exciting acquisitions and now manage sales and marketing for our Partner Program. Thanks Abby (and Bridge)!
What surprised you about Bridge?
I knew that Bridge was going to be a rigorous and challenging program, but I was surprised by how much fun I had! My professors and classmates were eclectic and enthusiastic, which made the work/life balance manageable and invigorating. I came out of Bridge not only with an incredible education, but also with a new network of friends. To this day, I still keep in touch with some professors and friends that I met at Bridge.
What was your favorite moment?
Although there are countless great memories from my time at Bridge, I will never forget when my study group presented our final project on Krispy Kreme. After weeks of preparation, it was an incredible feeling to see what we were able to accomplish. After the presentation, we all jumped into the Connecticut River to celebrate!
Are you considering an MBA? How do you think Bridge contributed to this decision?
Bridge gave me a sneak peek into the life of a business school student and the overall experience made me want to consider an MBA more than ever. I originally thought that an MBA was only beneficial to those looking to pursue a career in finance, but at Bridge I discovered that business school offers an extensive curriculum, with subjects tailored to any students’ specific interests.
If you are considering Tuck, why?
Tuck is an exceptional school and it would absolutely be my number one choice. Tuck offers students the opportunity to learn from the best professors and to join a network of some of the smartest people in the world. There seems to be a unique camaraderie at Tuck, where professors and students come together to excel and succeed, and I would be honored to be a part of that community (and an intramural sport!).