Spotlight on Social Sciences Alumni: Zachary Kimball
Name: Zachary Kimball
Occupation: Economic Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Education (UR and additional):B.A. in Economics and Political Science, University of Rochester, 2010; JD, Harvard Law School, 2015 (to matriculate 2012).
Current city/state of residence: Boston, MA
Community activities: Acting, Running
What activities were you involved in as a student, and what did you gain from them?
My passion for theatre led me to the activities which I was most heavily involved—the International Theatre Program (URITP) and The Opposite of People Theatre Company (TOOP). In fact, the camaraderie developed at URITP led to the creation of TOOP as a student theatre venue in 2008.
What resources did you use on campus that you recommend current students use?
The Career Center. I know that some students think it is intimidating or that it can’t or won’t help them. But, at the very least, it presents options you didn’t even know existed. And, it will provide an avenue to connect with the University and other alumni in the future. Both of these are significantly helpful, perhaps even in ways that will not become clear until later.
Who were your mentors while you were on campus? Have you continued those relationships?
My mentors on campus were several professors, some from my academic study in the Political Science Department and others from my co-curricular time spent in the International Theatre Program. I have maintained contact and enjoy visiting with them when opportunities arise. Their continued involvement remains a meaningful part of my college career.
What did you do immediately after graduation? How did you decide to take that path?
I applied to law school during my senior year but wanted work experience before continuing my academic education. I deferred admission to Harvard Law School and accepted a position conducting economic research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. That time off has been invaluable—I am extraordinarily glad that I had the opportunity to work before returning to school.
How do you balance your work and personal life?
Work/life balance can be a challenge, especially when a job requires demanding hours or frequently has short-term deadlines. I try to set aside some time for exercise, friends, and relaxation each week. Advance planning can help make it happen.
How are you still connected with the University?
I try to stay involved with the University as much as possible. I attend alumni events and student networking events and regularly return to campus for Meliora Weekend. I joined the George Eastman Circle to give back and stay connected to the exciting developments at UR.