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Karen (Olson) Diehl T'13

“I looked for a program that would provide a holistic experience, reinforcing my strengths as well as building new skills.”

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Why Tuck?

I looked for a program that would provide a holistic experience, reinforcing my strengths as well as building new skills.  I wanted an environment that encouraged all students to take a range of classes, so I could feel comfortable taking a finance class without a background on Wall Street.  Also, coming from Williams College, I knew I would thrive in Tuck’s smaller classroom setting where I could get to know classmates, administrators, and professors. Being removed from a major city was also a draw because it encourages you to come together as a class and a community. Tuck students (and many partners) commit to making their life in the Upper Valley, whereas in a city it would be easier to just melt back into your regular life after class.

Community

Everyone is goal-oriented and driven, whether in their career search, the classroom, or a new sport like Ice hockey. But that doesn’t mean they won’t pause to help a fellow Tuckie along the way. It’s a very open environment; everyone is invested in each other’s success and willing to share their experience and expertise. This afternoon I was working on finance homework in Stell Hall, and two people sitting nearby happened to be doing the same problem set.  Within a few minutes we became an impromptu study group. This type of collaboration is common at Tuck, and a cornerstone of our community


Women In Business 

As the first marketing chair for the Women in Business (WIB) Club, my main focus was to ensure consistency in the club’s internal and external communications. In response to cluttered inboxes and disparate requests, I started a weekly digest.  Instead of bombarding people every day, club members had a single place they could look for WIB information. It was rewarding to help define a new role for WIB, as well as to be on the board in a year when we expanded WIB’s mission to focus not only on creating a supportive community but also on furthering discussions around gender equality and inclusion.

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