With graduation comes goodbye. This month, many A&F departments said farewell to longtime student employees who are moving on to pursue post-graduation goals. Below, four A&F alums share their memories and plans, including traveling the world and documenting the life of a concentration camp survivor…
Graduate: Daniela Beall
Major: Environmental Science and Studies
Department: Facilities Planning
On her post-grad plans: I’m tagging along with a friend to tour Europe on the adventure of a lifetime! We’re starting in Prague and plan to hit Vienna, Venice, Rome, Paris and Berlin. We’re taking a train through Switzerland too- I’m so excited to see the Alps! I can’t wait to soak up the culture and eat delicious food.
I’m also going to explore my family history. My grandfather was a concentration camp survivor from the former Yugoslavia. My mom has a bunch of his notes and papers, and we’re going to get everything organized and possibly record some of the oral history around his life. I’d love to write a book with what we find.
On her proudest moment in A&F: I helped build the Eco-Reps program, which mobilizes students to advocate for–and spread awareness of–campus sustainability. The future of the program looks very bright in terms of growth and longevity. We presented certificates to the Eco Reps at the end of this year, and seeing how far the program has come was incredibly fulfilling.
Graduate: Kossi Yovo
Major: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics
Department: Financial Services
On his post-grad plans: I’m going to tour graduate programs and visit family in Europe. Switzerland is one of three big countries that specialize in Bioinformatics; so I’m eager to visit colleges there. After that, I’ll visit my uncles in Germany and France to unwind. Then it’s back to work: I’ve applied to the master’s program in Bioinformatics at George Mason University.
On his parting words to A&F colleagues: Thank you for the experience, and for how awesome you’ve all been to work with! You’ve shown that you care how well I do both in school and in life, and you deftly walk the fine line of prioritizing well-being alongside performance. TU has the best employees and employers I could ever think of.
Graduate: Thomas Slemp
Major: Mathematics and Economics
On his work with A&F: I’ve spent five years helping faculty and staff resolve computer-related problems via the OTS Help Center. If you’ve ever called and spoken to Tom, then you’ve worked with me.
On his post-grad plans: I’m claiming my prize for winning The Associate – a new job at SECU! I’ll spend the next year rotating through the company’s departments to learn the ropes and observe managerial styles as part of their leadership management program. At the end of the year, I’ll work to maintain a productive relationship between the university and SECU. It’ll be great to still work with the university in some capacity.
On his career goals: I’m interested in many different fields – finance, accounting, banking, IT. I’m hopeful that working with SECU will help me build on that, in addition to the IT experience and knowledge I gained by working with our amazing OTS staff.
Graduate: Samantha Santy
Major: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Department: Auxiliary Services
On her work with A&F: I’ve been working for the meal plan office for almost two really fun years! I mostly handled customer service tasks relating to meal plans and OneCards.
On her post-grad plans: I’m starting the master’s program in speech-language pathology at SUNY Plattsburgh. One day I’d love to work in a school system helping children overcome speech and language difficulties.
On how she unwinds: I love to run marathons and I have a blog that I started to write about my adventures in pursuing my master’s degree. During grad school, I want to use the blog to connect with both students and the running community. I’m already signed up for a half marathon in September!
Do you have any parting words for our grads? Share them below!
Written by Lindsey Morgan