Tonight I was sitting at my computer when I noticed Sam Spiegel (2004) was online. Wasn’t too long before Phalkun Mam (2007) as showed up online and I invited him to join in our chat. Sam was a senior when Phalkun was a freshman so they had a lot to catch-up on!
Both are in great spirits and both pursuing very interesting career options.
Phalkun had just finished playing in the finals of a men’s open tournament and was bit beat after the long weekend and drive home. In mid-August Phalkun leaves for Cambodia where he will become the Assistant to the Director of the Cambodian Tennis Federation. Phalkun will be identifying and working with young Cambodian tennis talent. Phalkun was also happy to report that he is on the Cambodian Davis Cup team that will be playing in Dubai in September. Congratulations to Whitman’s current all-time win holder on his new position and opportunity!
Sam is currently a Lecturer in International Development at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. After leaving Whitman, Sam received a Trudeau Foundation Scholarship to continuing his academic pursuits at Cambridge University. Sam mentioned he hopes to have his PhD wrapped up in the coming weeks! We were speaking/chatting about his experience at Whitman and Sam had the following to say
“Whitman prepared me in a huge number of ways for PhD work at Cambridge and the United Nations projects that I got involved in after I graduated from Whitman. I gained so much from the Whitman politics department and the great times with the tennis team and debate team and all the amazing times there. I’m currently lecturing at the University of Edinburgh and teaching courses in a new international development programme, […]