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Alumni Spotlight: Tyler J. Schmalhofer '14

tyler j schmalhofer

BA History


Elizabethtown, PA

Current Position

Branded RX-Data Coordinator
AmerisourceBergen Corporation 

My Widener Experience

why did you decide to major in history?

I chose history as my major after taking several classes in the department. After being undecided, I liked the challenges that my professors presented to me, the creativity their courses inspired in me, and being able to create an idea that was my own and the process of researching the topic to defend it. I felt that studying history gave me an opportunity to shape my own education, while also providing me the necessary skills to succeed in endeavors outside of my field.

what made you choose widener?

The track team — and Coach Touey. They had just won the Indoor and Outdoor MAC Titles and had a talented group of athletes that I wanted to be a part of. It ended up being a great choice;  I was able to crack the Top 5 All-Time lists in the 400, 800, and 4x200, in addition to the team winning 7 out of 8 possible MAC titles during my four years. Every person on the team was hardworking, dedicated to a team goal, and had a desire to be great. It was that culture and desire that made me choose Widener.

My Professional Experience

how has widener prepared you for life after college?

The education and the skills I gained as a historian prepared me for a multitude of opportunities in the business world. It was an education predicated on research, problem solving, content analysis, communication, writing, and independent thought. All are skills I use every day at AmerisourceBergen; I've been recognized by my company and presented with new opportunities after only a few months. Most recently, I have undertaken the Branded RX category, which is one of our largest and most profitable.

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?

"Go with it." Most people considering history do so because they have a passion for the subject, and that is a passion they would be sharing with the professors and other students in the field. All the professors offer different opinions and explore different content in their classes, and they do so in a way that forces you to think. I liked the challenges they presented to me, and by the time I was finished, I was astounded by how much I had learned.