After about 12 quarters in Evanston, seniors are preparing to finally walk the stage in June. Whether they’re staying close to home, adventuring abroad or continuing their studies, you can bet these soon-to-be alums will stay busy long after they’ve written their final papers as undergrads. Here’s what eight of them are doing once their days of Keg Mondays and football Saturdays are through.
Nicole Collins | Sociology and Gender Studies
South Dakota, teaching on a Native American reservation
Collins put South Dakota, the smallest Teach for America corps, as her top choice when applying because of her love for rural communities. Though Collins won’t know exactly where she’s going until June, she’s thrilled. “It’s gonna be somewhere I’ve never been before and probably would have never gone it if it wasn’t for this opportunity,” Collins says. Though not sure what she ultimately wants to do, Collins says if she had to pick a “stereotypical profession” to enter, she would choose teaching. “The people who made the biggest impact on me were my teachers,” Collins says. “The idea of being that to someone else, that’s just the coolest thing ever.”
Rosalie Sangenitto | Radio/Television/Film
Los Angeles, Calif., breaking into the film industry
For what Sangenitto is interested in doing someday — production design — she has to be in L.A. “You really do have to be there and be present so you can work right away,” she says. But this means her plans are nebulous. “You just have to trust that it’ll happen and just be nice to everyone and say yes to everything and hopefully something will work out.” Last summer, she interned at FOX for the show Friends With Benefits and some opportunities have already arisen for her to become a production assistant on shows once she lands in California. “That’s work I want to be doing and the department that I want to be in.” However, she says nothing’s really locked down, but that’s the way the industry is.
Corinne Ellis | Anthropology & Economics
New Haven, Conn., getting a master's in divinity at Yale Divinity School
Growing up, Ellis always had a strong faith community. “I wanted to do something that would allow me to address these issues that I felt really seriously about for all my college career,” Ellis says. “The ministry came to mind because the church has always been a place of great comfort for me.” Going to Yale Divinity School puts her on the track to becoming ordained and gives her an opportunity to study how Christianity fits into the world and transforms people’s lives. “This is really something that I feel called to do, so I’m doing it!”
Emily Grodinsky | Biological Sciences
Accra, Ghana, volunteering with a mobile eye clinic in rural villages
Grodinsky’s interest in African culture was inspired by her volunteer work with African refugees. She’s volunteering with Unite for Sight, an organization that aims to prevent blindness and vision loss worldwide. “The point is to provide eye care for people in rural villages who wouldn’t otherwise have access to treatment,” she says. She will travel throughout Ghana on daylong trips and see surgeries and global health initiatives at work up close. “That was a huge motivation for me to apply to this program,” she says.
Brendan Lovasik | Biological Sciences and Economics
Barcelona, Spain, researching organ donation and transplantation on a Fulbright fellowship
Since first seeing a kidney transplant at age 14, Lovasik has been inspired by transplant surgery. “It gives people a second chance with a new organ and a new start,” he says. “Frankly, that’s what I would like to do with the rest of my life.” Before heading to medical school, he will research organ donation models in the European Union, where many countries have a presumed consent system which has led to high donation rates. “I want to see if that’s a feasible method [in the U.S.]. It would really bolster my research experience as well as add a good deal of literature to a topic that really isn’t that well defined,” he says.
Justin Kim | Voice Performance
London, U.K., attending the Royal Academy of Music to get a master's in music
“Every 11 years, I go to a different continent,” Kim says. “I was born and raised in Korea, came to the States at 11, so I’m on my third 11 years.” He’s ready to study his countertenor voice even closer in a city he fell in love with as a high school senior. “Europe is the place to be for a countertenor,” he says. While in Europe, Kim plans to travel to European houses where his favorite opera singer, Cecilia Bartoli, performs. As for the move to another continent, he’s not at all concerned. “I have a credit card and what can go wrong?”
Cara Gagliano | Linguistics
Zlín, Czech Republic, working as an English teaching assistant on a Fulbright fellowship
Though one-quarter Czech, Gagliano didn’t feel attached to her heritage until traveling to Prague in high school. “It was just this instant attraction,” she says. “It’ll be really good to see the real Czech Republic, not where it’s full of tourists, somewhere where I can actually practice my Czech.” In this environment, Gagliano will get a close-up look at how Czech citizens grapple with free speech, something directly applicable to her dream career as a First Amendment lawyer.
Lindsey Henrikson | History and International Studies
Chongqing, China, teaching English and learning Mandarin
Last year, Henrikson planned to study abroad in China to learn Mandarin, but her program got canceled last minute. Now, she finally has the opportunity to learn a language she’s never studied while teaching English to native Chinese speakers. She plans to incorporate games and American traditions into classroom activities. “I think Halloween will be a fun time because it’s probably something that they never really experienced,” she says. And she gets six weeks paid vacation for Chinese New Year, which means more time for learning Mandarin and traveling around Asia. “This seems like a perfect way to kind of take a year off, decide what I want to do and have an adventure,” she says.