Class of 2018
Majors: Finance and Accounting
Hometown: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
“One of the most appealing things about Whitman was its size,” said Dittrich. “The school is large enough so that you constantly meet new people. At the same time, the class sizes are small enough to be interactive and interesting.”
Though Dittrich knew he wanted to work in business, it was not until he participated in the Whitman on Wall Street career exploration trip that he fully realized what exactly he’d like to do with his degree. Today, he is confident that Whitman’s comprehensive curriculum and real-world experiences will help him realize his career aspirations of working in the financial services industry.
According to Dittrich, his involvement in the Orange Value Fund (OVF) has helped him hone the skills necessary for a successful career in finance. And he is grateful to his professors for providing practical opportunities that are preparing him to meet the demands of the business world.
“Whitman faculty expect more than a regurgitation of information,” said Dittrich. “I have been surprised by the continuous offering of realistic, hands-on projects during my three years here.”
He credits Whitman’s career services for providing professional development programming that complements the classroom and experiential preparation.
“The Career Center has been a huge help, especially during the past year in helping find internship opportunities and connecting students with alumni,” said Dittrich.
Dittrich also commends the faculty for fostering a supportive environment.
“The willingness of professors to help students outside of the classroom was not expected,” said Dittrich. “Whether it is spending extra time in office hours or quickly responding to emails at late hours, professors here are dedicated to seeing their students succeed.”
After graduation, Dittrich hopes to travel abroad.
This article first appeared in the Fall 2016 Whitman Magazine.