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

Computer science

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,, San Francisco

French and Francophone Studies

Kim Goodnight, I’académie de Strasbourg,  French teaching assistant (TAPIF)

German Studies

Jon Dahl, Fulbright Scholar

Rebecca Galey, Fulbright Scholar

Charles Nesler, Fulbright Scholar

International Studies

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

Political science

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

Religious studies

Elana Lubka, peace and reconciliation project worker, Tel Aviv, Israel

Russian Studies

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

April 2 2014

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