Chris Byington | Economics & French
From: the Bay Area; currently live in San Francisco
Pomona Days: Class of 2012 | French and Mathematical Economics
- Director of Analytics & Data Science @ Updater
- Advisor @ Sigma Computing
- Senior Manager, Data Science & Analytics @ Heroku
- Senior Analyst @ Analysis Group
I came to Pomona without a good idea of what I wanted to study or what career path I wanted to pursue, and couldn’t have been more excited at the prospect of getting a taste of just about everything. In the end I decided to study French and Economics because these were – and still are – my true passions, but I also dabbled in a few subjects outside my concentrations. I think what I enjoyed most about my academic experience at Pomona was the combination of breadth and depth I got in my studies as well as in my life outside the classroom.
After graduation I joined Analysis Group, a litigation consulting firm, in the hope of maintaining a degree of continuity with the experiences I had at Pomona: a combination of breadth and depth, academic rigor, and the opportunity to continue meaningful learning. In the summer of 2015 I moved to a data science and analytics role at Heroku, a mid-sized tech company to try my hand at applying my data skills to solving business problems. I absolutely loved it, and just moved to Updater, a 65-person startup to do similar work. I’d be delighted to chat about my experiences in either industry!
I have two main pieces of advice for current Pomona students. First, take full advantage of all that Pomona has to offer you. The breadth of experiences which Pomona makes possible – both in and out of the classroom – is astounding. Don’t wait until graduation to appreciate this. Second, value the wonderful friendships you make while at Pomona. Recognize that college is a formative and often life-changing experience, and that the connections you make at Pomona may prove to be among the closest of your life. Prioritize these relationships and do not allow distance or time to wear down their strength and meaning – this is especially important after graduation.