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Vanderbilt Class of 2014 – What’s Next?

Posted by on Friday, May 23, 2014

Here in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, we talk a lot about what kind of experience our students will have in their four years as Vanderbilt undergraduates.  We discuss academic opportunities, levels of student involvement, Commodore athletics, the Nashville community, and every other aspect of the college experience, to give students an idea of what life as a Vanderbilt student is really all about.

A member of the Class of 2014 snaps a quick selife with Chancellor Nick Zeppos after receiving his diploma. (John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

For many students and families, however, one of the most important parts of the college search and decision process is not what you will do while you’re here, but what you will do when you leave.

Many of you have seen the statistics: in most years, over half of our seniors have secured full time employment by graduation, and another third have gained admission to the graduate or professional school of their choice.  Approximately 75% of our graduates will have completed at least one internship in their undergraduate years, and the majority will have made use of the Vanderbilt Center for Student Professional Development.

While these statistics are relevant and important, it is often more enlightening to move from the abstract into real examples of what types of paths Vanderbilt students are taking after walking across that stage in May.  Luckily, our student tour guides give us the chance to gain a little bit of insight into those many varying pathways.

Below are a few examples of what new adventures our Class of 2014 tour guides are embarking upon as we speak:

–          Roo George Warren, Blair School of Music: Social Justice Fellowship and Policy Research at the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, DC

–          Kristen Mosley, Peabody College: Elementary School Teacher in Dallas, Texas

–          Joseph Shields, School of Engineering: Energy Engineer in Houston, Texas (And getting married!  Congrats Joseph!)

–          Emily Golan, School of Engineering: Research and Development for Kraft Foods in Chicago, Illinois

–          Chandler Bair, College of Arts and Science: Federal Human Capital Consultant at Deloitte in Washington, DC

–          Emily Morrow, College of Arts and Science: Master’s Degree Program in Speech Language Pathology at Vanderbilt

–          Adesh Jain, College of Arts and Science: Business Operation Consultant at Deloitte

–          Devon Brodsky, College of Arts and Science: Kimberly McDonald Marketing in New York City, New York

–          Josh Landis, Peabody College: AlphSights in New York City, New York

–          Kristen McNair, School of Engineering: Accenture Consultant

–          Lacy Moore, College of Arts and Science: Fellows Program in Washington, DC

–          Ariel Altman, Peabody College: HR Rotational Program at Citigroup in New York City, New York

–          Courtney Drescher, Peabody College: Director of Youth Ministries in Cleveland, Ohio

–          Jack Delehey, College of Arts and Science: Huron Consulting in Chicago, Illinois

–          Marissa Passick, Peabody College: Human Relations Analyst at Citigroup in New York City, New York

From all of us in the OUA to all of our graduated seniors: best of luck, and we miss you already!

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