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Former Tennis Captain Credits Immersive Campus Experience with His Success

Kyle Chalmers, Class of 2017. Kyle is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and a men’s tennis scholarship recipient.

Former Tennis Captain Credits Immersive Campus Experience with His Success

Kyle Chalmers ’17 has never been the kind of person who likes to do just one thing at a time.

As a high school student in Tempe, Arizona, Chalmers played tennis, worked on a political campaign and went on immersion trips to Mexico and El Salvador, all while maintaining a strong academic profile. It’s no surprise, then, that his four years at Saint Joseph’s were jam-packed.

Chalmers rose to the role of captain of the men’s tennis team, served as an orientation leader and Hawk Host tour guide, cheered the men’s basketball team on as a member of the boosters club, led first-year retreat programs and was enrolled in the Beta Gamma Sigma business honors society. His academic activity was similarly paced: Chalmers took advantage of the broad-based education,  taking classes in economics, political science, psychology, finance and general business in his first year, trying to find the right mix of disciplines to fit his interests. He finished school with a double major in economics and decision and system sciences.

Chalmers honed his skills in business intelligence by working in the field, completing an internship at healthcare analytics firm Cotiviti before his junior year and at PricewaterhouseCoopers before his senior year. That internship led to a job with PwC after graduation, where Chalmers stayed for two years before enrolling in Venture for America, a two-year fellowship program that pairs recent college graduates with non-traditional startups.

“I come home every day after work and think about what smart people I'm working with and how incredibly intelligent everybody at the company is, and how motivated they are to really build and grow this thing and taking ownership over their own jobs, as well as the entire company,” he says.

Chalmers hopes to one day start his own company, and while the prospect is daunting, he knows that what he learned at Saint Joseph’s — including a self-led senior thesis in which he helped SJU’s admission team analyze enrollment and retention data — will carry him through.

Kyle Chalmers, Class of 2017. Kyle is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and a men’s tennis scholarship recipient.