As members of the Class of 2017 graduate on May 13, they head into the future armed with the knowledge, skills, and experience to take on challenges few could have envisioned four years ago.

As they grew as Macalester students, new experiences abounded: first taste of a new language; first experience living and studying abroad; first time working with a legislator; first ride on a city bus; first opportunity to critically read a cutting-edge journal article by an expert in their field; first encounter with someone challenging a long-held belief; first solo performance on stage; first code writing for a public website; first time working with a leading scientist; first chance to break a record in sports. In other words, over their four years in college, Mac students pushed themselves repeatedly to do what they’d never done before.

Now they’re stepping forward to take on new roles as teachers, graduate and professional school students, consultants, nonprofit leaders, Peace Corps volunteers, designers, analysts, political campaign staffers, and more.

Two have the support of Watson Fellowships; four have Fulbright grants; others have teaching assistantships; one has a State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Some grads are joining well-known companies such as Google, Airbnb, Amazon and McKinsey; others are preparing to join—or launch—start-ups.

Here, by major, is a sampling of where the Class of 2017 will be putting to work their gifts, curiosity, and knowledge.

Anthropology

  • Spencer Nelson, master’s in geography, McGill University
  • Mara Halvorson, Fusion Hill

Biology

  • Ruth Percival, communication sciences and disorders program, then master’s in speech pathology
  • Sarah Klein, research and development technician, Rebiotix

Chemistry

  • Xinyu Liu, PhD in chemistry
  • Anneliese Gest, PhD, University of California–Berkeley

Chinese

  • John Glasgow, Johns Hopkins University–Nanjing, China
  • Ben Mathers, Epic Systems, Madison, Wis.

Classics

  • Connor North, master’s in classical archaeology, University of Colorado–Boulder
  • Kyle Ronchetto, Concordia [Lutheran] Seminary, St. Louis
  • Alysha Alloway, master’s degree in Geographic Information Science at the University of Minnesota, and working for the City of St. Paul’s Office of Technology and Communications
  • Ben Shields, freelance writer and editor in New York City for the Paris Review and Huffington Post
  • Rae Hohle, associate software consultant for Fishbowl Solutions

Computer Science

  • Ruthie Berman, software engineer, Airbnb
  • Qisheng Li, data science, University of Washington
  • Ben Mathers, Epic Systems, Madison, Wis.
  • Marcio Porto, software developer, Orderly Health, Denver
  • Ned Read, Google
  • Yezi “Zora” Yang, biostatistics, University of Washington

Economics

  • Sunakshi Wadwa, business analyst, McKinsey & Co., Minneapolis
  • Noah Nieting, food security extensions agent, Peace Corps, Benin, West Africa
  • Laura Abril, Optum (UnitedHealth Group), Minneapolis
  • Josh Conlan, Amazon, Seattle
  • Maggie Abeles, Piper Jaffray, Minneapolis
  • Esha Datta, PhD in mathematics
  • Megan Davitt, Teach for America, Oklahoma City
  • Ellie Fuqua, analyst with Analysis Group, Boston
  • Stefan Faridani, research assistant, London School of Economics
  • Kevin Fortune, Murphy Educational Consulting, Minneapolis
  • Ben Haltmaier, investment banking, Castle Placement, New York City
  • Muath Ibaid, analyst with Ernst & Young (EY)
  • Natalie Kronebusch, Dexis Consulting Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Qisheng Li, data science, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Xinyu Liu, PhD in chemistry
  • Jacob Simons, JMP Securities, San Francisco
  • Ibrahima “Ibou” Dieye, Analysis Group, Boston
  • Josh Wingardner, investment consulting performance analyst, Aon, Chicago
  • Nuoya “Nora” Wu, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Henry Zuo, business analyst, McKinsey & Co., Minneapolis

Environmental Studies

  • Megan Davitt, Teach for America, Oklahoma City

Geography

  • Spencer Nelson, master’s in geography, McGill University

Geology

  • Glen Hartford, Army Engineer Officer stationed in South Korea with the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Army
  • Sierra Swenson, masters in Geology, University of Georgia

German Studies

  • Catriona Leckie, teaching assistant Fulbright, Germany
  • Christina Moore, teaching assistant Fulbright, Germany

Hispanic Studies

  • Catriona Leckie, teaching assistant Fulbright, Germany

History

  • Samantha Aamot, Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps

International Studies

  • Dagmara Franczak, master’s in public policy, University College London
  • Shay Gingras, program director, YMCA Camp Woodstock, Woodstock, Conn.
  • Allison Korbey, global marketing, Estée Lauder, New York City
  • Kava Garcia Vasquez, Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
  • Christina Moore, teaching assistant Fulbright, Germany
  • Rosa Durst, high school English teacher, Versailles, France

Japanese

  • Grey Micah, Critical Language Scholarship, Hikone, Japan

Latin American Studies

  • Natalie Kronebusch, Dexis Consulting Group, Washington, D.C.

Mathematics

  • Laura Abril, Optum (UnitedHealth Group), Minneapolis
  • Andre Archer, PhD in mathematics
  • Clara Drew, PhD in biostatistics
  • Ibrahima “Ibou” Dieye, Analysis Group, Boston
  • Stefan Faridani, research assistant, London School of Economics
  • Rebecca Honnold, Analysis Group
  • Qisheng Li, data science, University of Washington
  • Xinyu Liu, PhD in chemistry
  • Alan Molares Blanco, software engineer, Google, Seattle
  • Yezi “Zora” Yang, biostatistics, University of Washington
  • Henry Zuo, business analyst, McKinsey & Co., Minneapolis
  • Zun Yin, PhD  in Statistics
  • Esha Datta, PhD in mathematics
  • Nuoya “Nora” Wu, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Qisheng Li, data science, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Muath Ibaid, data analyst, Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis

Media and Cultural Studies

  • Rosa Durst, high school English teacher, Versailles, France

Music

  • Jonah Lazarus, arts Fulbright, Brazil

Neuroscience

  • Ruthie Berman, software engineer, Airbnb, San Francisco
  • Gretchen Greene, research/study Fulbright, Switzerland

Philosophy

  • Alexander Watson, math teacher, Peace Corps, Liberia

Political science

  • John Glasgow, Johns Hopkins University–Nanjing, China
  • Camille Garcia-Flahaut, law school, Temple University
  • Beenish Riaz, law school, Columbia University
  • Alexander Watson, math teacher, Peace Corps, Liberia

Psychology

  • Deidre Hall, PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Missouri–St. Louis
  • Wendy Chu, Researcher, University of California–Los Angeles
  • Ngan “Jasmine” Nguyen, Watson Fellow exploring social entrepreneurship
  • Everest Robinson, residential counselor at Children’s Residential Treatment Center
  • Emily Sanford, PhD in psychological and brain sciences, Johns Hopkins University
  • Gina-Marie Storch, master’s in social work, Washington University
  • Sunakshi Wadwa, business analyst, McKinsey & Co., Minneapolis

Russian Studies

  • Dagmara Franczak, master’s in public policy, University College London

Sociology

  • Nick Bascuñan-Wiley, PhD in sociology, Northwestern University

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • Seth Loeffler-Kemp, Representative Erin Murphy gubernatorial campaign, Minnesota

May 2 2017

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