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Alumni Spotlight

Amy L. Piccola '05

Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Updated: Friday, August 3, 2012 15:08


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Amy received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2008.

1) When did you graduate? What were your majors/minors?

I graduated in 2005. I was a double major in History and Communication.

2) What is your job? Describe what you do on a daily basis.

I am an attorney at Saul Ewing LLP, a regional law firm based in Philadelphia. I’m a litigation associate, focusing my practice on complex commercial disputes. No two days are the same; I can be doing anything from researching and writing briefs, to interviewing clients, to arguing a motion in federal court.

3) What is your commute like?

I live in Philadelphia and walk to work. It takes me about 10 minutes to get in every morning—great for getting extra sleep!

4) What has the transition from being a student to working full time been like?

Because I went to law school immediately upon graduating from Muhlenberg, I was a student for a very long time. Getting used to a more rigid schedule (early to bed, early to rise and all that) and not having as much time to “play” were the biggest challenges.

5) Do you plan on going back to school to get an advanced degree? If yes, in what?

Although I love school, my J.D. is probably the only advanced degree I’ll get.

6) What are some tips you would give to students looking for jobs?

Apply to jobs that you are truly interested in; employers can tell when you’re “faking it.” By the same token, be enthusiastic—about the job, your experience, your time at Muhlenberg, etc.

It’s always a breath of fresh air to interview someone who exudes excitement.

7) What do you miss most about being on campus?

I miss spending long days hanging out in GQ as friends went to and returned from class.

8) Is there something you appreciate about Muhlenberg now that you are no longer a student?

How good the buffalo chicken wraps really were!

9) Is there any advice you would give to a freshman to help them make the most of their Muhlenberg experience?

I absolutely recommend getting involved on campus, whether that means joining a Greek organization, an athletic team, or student council. The more people you meet, the more connected you are to campus. Joining a sorority was not something I anticipated doing, but it was one of the best decisions of my college years!

10) How do you stay connected to Muhlenberg?

I stay connected to Muhlenberg through alumni events in my area, visiting campus when I can, making annual donations to the school and, most importantly, spending time with all of my ‘Berg friends!

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