Perry Swergold

Class of 2013

Hometown: New Rochelle, NY

What was your College Scholar project?
I studied moral decision-making and behavior, focusing on "Moral Foundations Theory", a social psychology model for moral decision making and behavior. My courses of study spanned philosophy, psychology, and evolutionary biology.

What are you doing now?
I worked at IBM for nearly two years in competitive intelligence and strategy. Now I am working as a Product Manager at Gartner, the largest enterprise technology market research provider, where I'm developing a new digital service, which will launch to customers in a few months.

How do you think your experience as a College Scholar has shaped your life or your career? Are there ways that you have applied the skills/knowledge/life lessons you learned as a College Scholar throughout your life?
College Scholar forced me to be fearless and entrepreneurial about my education, a mindset that has translated well to my professional environment, where independence, proactive and strategic thinking are valued and rewarded. My current role also requires cross-disciplinary thinking and competency. Every day I engage in multiple paradigms of problem solving, ranging from user interface design to software development to marketing, operations, and business strategy. I believe that my College Scholar program prepared me to approach problems from multiple angles and academic paradigms simultaneously, an unusual differentiator in the professional world.