David Melnick

Class of 2009
Major/Minor: History

As a corporate trainer, he is a man about town in London.

Describe your day-to-day routine.

I travel around central London and the rest of the UK, delivering personal development and leadership courses to my company’s team of nearly 1,000 front-of-house and client-servicing operatives. I work in training and development for a company called MITIE Client Services.

What delights you most about your current circumstances?
To this day, I honestly can’t believe I live and work in central London! Though I try to always maintain some sort of indifferent expression to separate myself from tourists, inside, I still can’t help thinking, “Oh my gosh, it’s BIG BEN!” I was selected as a London Ambassador for the 2012 Olympic Games—just think, a WC graduate from suburban New Jersey being entrusted to welcome visitors from around the globe to one of the world’s biggest cities…surreal!
What college reading changed your life?
I was quite profoundly changed by the essays of Michel de Montaigne. His work provoked a complete reevaluation of the way in which I interpreted the world—spiritually, historically, politically even—and is largely responsible for forming the foundation of my current worldviews.
Who was your college mentor?
I have to pick two—I had the immense privilege of studying under both Dr. Janet Sorrentino and Dr. Robert Siudzinski. Both are unbelievably intelligent and inspiring, and both know how to do an excellent dinner party.
What is your favorite college memory?
Frankly, I could never pick just one, so here’s a brief sampling: preparing for the WC Vocal Consort’s Renaissance Dinner every fall, staying up late playing the piano and singing with friends, persuading friends to walk to Royal Farms at 1 a.m. on school nights, studying abroad in Ireland, “getting up the courage” on May Day senior year, my student teaching internship, giving the class address, and being awarded the Henry Catlin medal at Commencement. Just to name a few.
What skills did you acquire that turned out to be relevant?
In general, my writing skills were hugely developed at WC, and this has proved to be surprisingly useful in the business world and beyond—at least more so than I would have thought. In addition, my entire education department experience has proved extremely useful in my current role, from the practicalities of developing content and delivering courses to the more immeasurable skills of understanding and communicating effectively with a wide variety of people.
Were you the beneficiary of scholarship aid?
I was, indeed, and I am grateful for every penny given in my benefit. My time at Washington College was by far the most formative experience of my life, and it would not have been possible without the generous aid of our collective financial beneficiaries.
Why do you support Washington College?
Washington College gives so many people the opportunity to learn—to learn in the classroom, but to also learn about themselves, about the world and their place in it. What a special and immeasurable gift! It is vital that we all give back to the College to ensure that it is able to continue giving that invaluable gift of learning and self-exploration to future generations—like George would have wanted.