The world is looking bright for many of the members of the Class of 2014 as they prepare to cross the dais to grab their diplomas this month.
They have a lot to be proud about and much to look forward to.
A Fulbright scholar is heading to Nepal. Geography major Sylvia Thomas won a Watson Fellowship, which funds her for a year of research into community radio stations in Bolivia, Bangladesh, and Tanzania.
A number of seniors spent winter break traveling to Rome, where they learned about Italy’s history and antiquities. Others traveled to the Bahamas to conduct geological research. Three students—Lily Alexander, Zack Avre, and Jocelyne Cardona—were so outstanding in the international arena they were named Global Citizenship Award winners.
Mac seniors earned top prizes for sociology papers and anthropology essays and won critical language scholarships. They directed their own plays, gave recitals, delivered capstones.
After graduation they’re headed to a wide range of graduate schools—from American University to Stanford—and to an impressive array of jobs, from PricewaterhouseCoopers to Target to Microsoft.
And of course Macalester being Macalester, many members of the Class of 2014 are determined that their first post-college work should be in service of others. They’ll be working for Teach for America and the Peace Corps, among other organizations.
Below is a sampling of where students are headed after graduation.
Sarah Rasmussen, Fulbright research grant to Nepal
Daniel Timm, JET Program, Japan
Linnea Swanson, medical school, University of Minnesota
Laura Avena, PhD in inorganic chemistry, MIT
Yevgeniya Berdysheva, Zhejiang Huapeng Import and Export Trading Company, China, translator
Rebecca Boylan, classical philology doctoral program, University of Wisconsin
Eric Biggers, Java developer, Code42 Software, Minneapolis,
Jie Shan, software development engineer, Microsoft, Seattle
Yinong Ding, Ernst & Young, Minneapolis
Joseph Dykema, PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York City
Audrey Kohout, Target Corporation, Leadership Technology Program, Minneapolis
Benjamin Lavin, Peace Corps, Economic Development Advisor, Benin
Henry Yang, JMP Securities, New York City
Rudy Henriquez, account executive, Yelp.com, San Francisco
French and Francophone Studies
Kim Goodnight, I'académie de Strasbourg, French teaching assistant (TAPIF)
Jon Dahl, Fulbright Scholar
Rebecca Galey, Fulbright Scholar
Charles Nesler, Fulbright Scholar
Salman Haji, Pickering Fellow, master’s in international affairs, American University and work for U.S. State Department
Kelly Hardin, program associate, Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light
Melissa Larson, Schuler Scholar Program, scholar coach, Chicago
Jill Romero, JET Program, Japan
Clementine Sanchez, Projects Abroad, volunteer coordinator, Arusha, Tanzania
Justin Sims, New York Yankees, statistical analysis
Amy Janett, PhD in applied math, University of Delaware
Samantha Horn, University of North Carolina, musicology
Wouter Hammink, Environment America Fellow, Chicago
Badhaftu Kadir, City Year New York
Emma van Emmerik, Boston Children's Hospital, research assistant, New Balance Obesity Prevention Center
Elana Lubka, peace and reconciliation project worker, Tel Aviv, Israel
Ruxi Zhang, Stanford University, PhD in political science
Noah Westreich, Institute for Southern Jewish Life, curriculum coordinator, Jackson, Miss.
Alana Horton, media staff member, Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis