Where Are They Now?

OTeam Alumni find that the benefits of being a member of the OTeam are greater than just the paycheck. Working in a fast-paced and challenging environment like NSO offers the opportunity to develop new skills, hone existing strengths, and improve recognized areas of growth. Here’s what some of our OTeam Alumni are up to now:

Name: Chris Eggerman
Graduation Year: 2017
Position & Year on OTeam: Student Program Specialist, 2015
What are you doing now?: “Technology Associate, Liberty Mutual Insurance. My program of hire, TechStart, is a 12 month technology development program broken into hackathons, team assignments, and individual assignments. Throughout the twelve months, TechStarters intermittently participate in classroom-like trainings for both soft and hard skills, and have ample opportunity to learn from veteran employees of the company while developing team-working skills with fellow TechStarters.”
How has your time on the OTeam helped you in your current role?: “Working with the OTeam was essential to my hiring at Liberty Mutual Insurance. My company practices a development methodology called agile, where our highest priority is to satisfy the customer. We aren’t afraid to think retrospectively about our work, and our flexibility to change helps us deliver fantastic end results. Working with the OTeam prepared me for the most important skills I needed for working with Liberty Mutual Insurance.”

Name: Emma Eckert
Graduation Year: 2017
Position & Year on OTeam: Orientation Leader, 2015
What are you doing now?: “I’m currently in my first year of law school at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and hope to further cater my studies to sports law, eventually drafting contracts for NFL teams and athletes.”
How has your time on the OTeam helped you in your current role?: “Being a law student involves a lot of communication and discipline, two things I definitely excel more in because of my time on the OTeam. My experience with the OTeam allowed me to become more comfortable approaching others and helped me learn how to balance my school work with being involved in the community.”

Name: Megan Foster
Graduation Year: 2013
Position & Year on OTeam: Orientation Leader, 2013
What are you doing now?: “I am now an academic adviser for Penn State within the College of Education.”
How has your time on the OTeam helped you in your current role?: “My experience with New Student Orientation definitely helped me to discover my passion for working within a college/university. I loved helping new students adjust to this new lifestyle and get excited for becoming a Penn Stater. So when I was looking for jobs after graduation, I knew I had to stay at Penn State to continuing doing that. In all my jobs within PSU, including Admissions and Career Counseling, I’ve managed to use my NSO knowledge to continue helping students have the best time at Penn State. Plus, now I get to help the current NSO team welcome New Students every summer, so I’ve never truly left the OTeam!”

Name: Orly Olbum
Graduation Year:
2017
Position & Year on OTeam: Orientation Leader, 2013; Check-In Crew, 2016
What are you doing now?: “I am an associate at Technomics Inc., which does cost estimations for defense contracts.”
How has your time on the OTeam helped you in your current role?: “Almost the entire interview process for my current job was talking about how I grew as a person because of NSO. It was easy for me to describe how my leadership skills have developed during my time as an Orientation Leader and how I am able to work as a team player.”

Name: Jordan Todd
Graduation Year:
2016
Position & Year on OTeam: Orientation Leader, 2014; Student Staff Coordinator, 2016
What are you doing now?: “I’m a second-year grad student at James Madison University studying College Student Personnel Administration.”
How has your time on the OTeam helped you in your current role?: “My time on the OTeam opened my eyes to a career opportunity that I didn’t know existed when I first applied to be on the OTeam in fall 2013. It instilled a passion to pursue higher education as a career, helping students at every step of their college journey.”