Profiles

Brett Nicholson

Class of 2014
Major/Minor: Business Management, Minor Information Systems

The ability to think critically - often with a well-rounded, open approach - is the single most important asset I have gained from my liberal arts education.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

The ability to think critically - often with a well-rounded, open approach - is the single most important asset I have gained from my liberal arts education. Critical thinking is a vital part of any career. In a management position for an electrical contractor, I am responsible for (in some cases) millions of dollars in government contracts. The ability to evaluate a situation from all angles and perspectives is indispensable. I apply this method, which I believe Washington College has nearly perfected in teaching, every day. It is also well used in my personal life, from personal financial decisions to political affiliations. Well developed critical thinking is something that I prize, yet give Washington College the credit for.

Who was your favorite faculty member? Story?

It would have to be a tie between Professor Michael Harvey and now-retired Professor Terry Scout. I find myself using several of Professor Scout’s famous quotes while conducting everyday business. “Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” I use the most.
I chose Professor Harvey to be my senior Capstone adviser - I chose wisely. I have applied a great deal of his Capstone advice in my business practices, and have unexpectedly developed a keen eye for organizational behaviors in different companies. I believe both Professors Harvey and Scout have had the greatest and most beneficial impact on my post-grad career.

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

War on the Shore 2013 - the one where we won - would take the prize of favorite memory at Washington College. The unification of the campus to cheer on our lacrosse team is a great representative of the close-knit, small campus lifestyle that Washington College offers - and should be proud of!

 Did your Senior Capstone Experience have a major influence on your future career or your personal growth? If so, please explain what your SCE entailed and how it influenced who or where you are today. 

Absolutely. My SCE was a strategic analysis of Eaton Corporation, an electrical equipment manufactures. I work closely with Eaton in my current position of Project Manager for Singleton Electric. Purely from a recognition standpoint, I am able to work with Eaton better because I understand their business nature. MY SCE also touched on other electrical equipment companies, who I also work with on a daily basis.

 

Campus Involvement
  • 1782 Society