2016 New Fellow Orientation

July 6, 2016 - July 07, 2016


Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

My Experience in the Hertz Community

By: Gene Katsevich

This summer, I had the privilege of participating in the 2014 Hertz New Fellow Orientation, which took place in beautiful Sonoma, California. To me, the Orientation was a warm welcome into the Hertz family. This two-day event balanced informative presentations about the Fellowship and the Foundation with ample unstructured time to get to know the other Hertz fellows and Foundation staff. I came into the orientation as a slightly intimidated new Fellow not knowing what to expect, and I came out knowing that I have the support of the dedicated Hertz staff and am part of a unique network of Fellows.

One of my first experiences at the Orientation was meeting the Hertz staff, which felt a bit like discovering a group of caring relatives who are devoted to my success and well-being as a graduate student. I learned during the course of the Orientation that in addition to providing excellent funding, the Foundation also offers a mentorship program to guide Fellows through their graduate experiences. I realized that whenever I need, the Foundation will help me take full advantage of the freedoms and privileges of the Hertz Fellowship. In addition, I was delighted to learn that the Foundation helps Fellows develop professional and social bonds through workshops, retreats, and many smaller Hertz events across the country.

A few older Hertz Fellows came to the New Fellow Orientation to share their stories with us. These illustrated that Hertz Fellows really have the freedom to forge their own paths through graduate school. It was inspiring to hear how they did not allow themselves to be constrained by trad