Student Success Story: Patrick Hovsepian
By The O’Brien Center for Student Success
From Merrimack College’s Beacon Newspaper
Patrick Hovsepian, a junior at Merrimack, is a well-recognized face in our community, showing leadership in a variety of ways. He is an active participant of the Merrimack Programming Board (MPB), an Orientation Leader, Admissions Ambassador, and Career Peer Advisor for the O’Brien Center.
When he is not actively engaged on campus, Hovsepian is pursuing his degree in Computer Science. He reflects on his favorite professor, Mary Noonan, his Introduction to Coding instructor.
“Professor Noonan helped me to embrace my inner geek,” he explained.
Professor Mary Noonan, Dean of the Science and Engineering department “truly invests in our learning and makes a memorable impression,” said Hovsepian.
Last spring, Hovsepian was eager to apply academics to real life experiences in the workforce.
“My professors have a very deep understanding of their subject matter, and this allowed me to effectively explain various topics in computer science as I began my summer internship search,” he said.
His confidence and knowledge would serve him well during the spring Career Fair, where he networked his way through job opportunities.
Hovsepian prepared for the career fair by visiting the O’Brien Center for Student Success, where he received help through resume critiques and career counseling appointments.
As a result, he obtained an amazing summer internship with Fidelity Investments in the Computer Science Department. During the internship, Hovsepian immersed himself in all aspects of the experiential learning opportunity.
“I took my classroom knowledge and applied it to the internship. This proved to be extremely beneficial,” he said.
Now that Hovsepian has a fulltime internship to add to his resume, he’s eager to offer advice to other Merrimack students: “Definitely use the resources offered by the O’Brien Center for Student Success because the office is dedicated to your career growth and helping ensure future stability.”
The O’Brien Center will be hosting an Internship and Co-Op Panel on Wednesday Oct. 17 in Murray Lounge from 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Additionally, Monday Oct. 22 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Murray Lounge, the O’Brien Center will hold a Post Graduate Service/Non Profit Fair. Stop by the O’Brien Center to have your resume critiqued prior to these events! Register today on Advantage. You do not want to miss out on these opportunities
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