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Jeremy Hmura '09 - Management
Illinois native Jeremy Hmura '09 was originally drawn to Curry College to play hockey, but he made the choice to come here for a number of other reasons, including the college's proximity to Boston.
"I knew that Curry had won the ECAC title the year before I came and they really started to have a lot of success in the program , so that was definitely enticing to me coming here," he recalled. "I was looking at some other schools at the time I came to visit Curry, but being from Chicago, I came to realize that both places have very similar attributes. Boston and Chicago are both college towns/big cities. It was kind of a simple choice."
As captain of the hockey team and a Management major with a concentration in accounting and minors in English and Applied Computing, he learned to balance his demanding academic and athletic schedules with the help of supportive coaches and faculty.
"I had a full plate so I really had to learn to budget my time. I think that's a big thing coming to college and getting ready for the real world. I think a lot of employers more or less want to know not only how well you did in school but that you could budget your time and get things done in an efficient manner."
And 'get it done' he did, both on and off the ice. In his first-year at Curry, Hmura won the Devin Davies Spirit Award for spirit and determination exemplified through a player and by junior year was voted captain by his teammates.
"That was a real honor for me to be able to represent the guys and the school and it was just an honor to be the guy that people looked up to," he beamed. "We also had a competition every year, every semester for the highest GPA on the team. Every guy on the team that got a 3.0 or better got a 'Gold Colonel' and the highest GPA got a 'Green Colonel.' I've was fortunate enough to get the 'Green Colonel' a couple of semesters."
In fact, Hmura was on the Dean's list several times, carried a 3.9 GPA, and was invited to join the Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society as well. He credited the intimacy of the professor-student relationship with his academic success at Curry.
"It was a very personal setting. You always got one-on-one attention from your teachers and your peers. You weren't just a statistic or a number in an auditorium, so it made it easier when you had questions. For me it was great because I am more of an interactive learner."
But it wasn't all work, work, work for Hmura. He also took time out to enjoy a social life, on and off campus.
"Boston is definitely a great place to be if you're a college student because there's just so much to do. You never really run out of activities or sporting events to attend. A good thing about Curry is that they have a shuttle into Boston. There's just always something to do and there are tons of things to take advantage of."
Hmura graduated from Curry College in the Spring of 2009 and currently works at Wellington Management in downtown Boston. He is also continuing his education at a local college, pursuing a double degree - an MBA and a Master's in Accounting.
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