Spotlight on Social Sciences Alumni: Andrea Stoltz

stoltzName: Andrea Stoltz ’02

Education (UR and additional): BA (Health and Society / certificate in Public Sector Analysis), University of Rochester, 2002; Masters in Public Health (w/ concentration in Health Policy Management), New York Medical College, 2007

Current city/state of residence: Chevy Chase, MD

Job Title:  Full time Mother

Family: Husband Adam, daughter Hannah, and 2nd baby expected in June 2012 

Why did you choose to attend the University of Rochester? 

I visited the school and it was love at first sight, especially since I happened to tour on that first spring day when everyone emerges from hiding after a long winter!  I made sure to visit once more during the dead of winter and fortunately the love was still there.  I was accepted early decision and was on my way.

When and how did you choose your major? 

I chose my major pretty early on during freshman year. In fact, it was probably something that drew me to the school initially. I always had an interest in health but wasn’t particularly passionate about the strict science of it.  Health and Society was a great fit for me since it allowed me to follow my interests and explore other non-traditional ways to learn about healthcare.

What resources did you use on campus that you recommend current students use? 

The career center!  When I was an undergrad this was the best kept secret- I still can’t understand why more students didn’t take advantage of it.  The counselors there were fantastic and incredibly helpful.  The resume writing help I received while there was invaluable and I always left the center feeling better about my present and future plans.  I really can’t stress enough how helpful the U of R Career Center is.

What did you do immediately after graduation? How did you decide to take that path?

I started my first job exactly 10 days after graduation- talk about a whirlwind month!  I entered the sales professional training program for Merck.  I spent 7 years working for Merck as a sales professional where I covered many different territories and represented many different product lines.  I always knew I wanted to find a way to help make the masses healthier and I believe I was able to do that through pharmaceutical products.  Merck was a fabulous company to work for and the knowledge, confidence, friends, and skills I made while working there are experiences I will have for life.

What do you do now and why did you choose this career?

After spending 8 years in corporate America I decided to take a break from that life and accept another important job.  Currently I am a full-time mother to my 20 month old daughter and my husband and I are expecting our second child in 2 months.   I love being at home with my daughter- watching her grown, learn, and sharing my experiences with her.  I look forward to continuing this work when our 2nd child is born and then plan to re-enter the paid workforce when the children get older and start school.

What advice do you have for current students? 

Take your studies seriously, but also take your other experiences during your years at U of R seriously- the life you have outside of the classroom during college will be just as important in preparing you for the real world.  And most importantly- enjoy yourself!  You have the rest of your life to be a serious adult so don’t rush it.