Rensselaer Education Helps in Multiple Career Paths
Shortly after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1968, Dr. Steve Davidson decided engineering would not be his occupation. But the Rensselaer experience informed his career nonetheless.
The lessons Davidson took from Rensselaer proved invaluable in his second career as a psychologist and his third career as a financial planner.
"I think the discipline involved in getting a degree in aeronautical engineering at RPI—the rigor of the education—for me left a lasting sense of self-confidence that I could tackle anything," says Davidson. "Nothing was impossible."
The disciplined thinking he learned at Rensselaer came in particularly handy during his career as a financial planner, and overall the education helped teach him to be objective, to look at data and evidence, and to analyze situations, he says.
Estate Gift From Loyal Donor
Davidson has been a loyal donor to Rensselaer for decades and decided to make a gift to the school through his estate in 2011. Estate gifts are a way to make a gift now without it costing anything today.
"It's hard to articulate, but I know that the education I received at RPI provided a foundation for me in everything I've done since, and I would not be where I am today—very happy and successfully retired after several careers—without that education," he says. "I definitely want to give back."
Davidson also holds master's and doctorate degrees, but he does not make contributions to those schools because he "just got degrees there." RPI provided the foundation that served him well throughout his careers, despite not being in engineering, he says.
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