Class of 2014: What’s Next? (Part Two)


This is the second of a two-part series.

For the Class of 2014, the world is a place of opportunity. It’s clear that this is a group of young people with commitment and ambition. Some will enter doctoral programs, some will travel, some will become teachers, and some are taking time off before starting their careers.

So what can you do with a Dartmouth degree? The possibilities are endless.

First row, from left: Aaron Koenig, Kathleen Chung, Jane Cavalier, Rebecca Rothfeld, Mahala Pagan, and Jenny Che; second row, from left: Gavin Huang, Nick O’Leary, Isabelle Verwaay, Anne Ressler, Saara-Anne Azizi, and Samantha Victor. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Gavin HuangMajor: Film and media studies and government Hometown: New York, N.Y. Plans: I will be teaching English in Beijing.

Nick O’LearyMajor: Theater Hometown: Hanover, N.H. Plans: I will pursue work as a theater director.

Isabelle VerwaayMajor: Studio art and geography Hometown: Port-au-Prince, Haiti Plans: I will be pursuing my master of architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Anne ResslerMajor: Engineering Hometown: West Point, N.Y. Plans: I will remain at Thayer School to complete my bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering.

Saara-Anne AziziMajor: Chemistry and classical languages and literatures Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa. Plans: I’ll be pursuing graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Cambridge with the support of a Reynolds Scholarship.

Samantha VictorMajor: Asian and Middle Eastern languages and literatures (Japanese and Chinese) Hometown: Morris Plains, N.J. Plans: I will teach young children and teens English in Beijing.

Aaron KoenigMajor: Russian studies and biology Hometown: Annandale, Va. Plans: I’ll be working in health care.

Kathleen ChungMajor: Romance languages (Spanish and French) Hometown: Tehachapi, Calif. Plans: I will be taking a few gap years before medical school.

Jane CavalierMajor: Art history Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. Plans: The year following graduation, I will conduct independent art historical research as a Fulbright Fellow in Berlin. I then intend to study for a master’s in the history of art, with a concentration in contemporary American art, at the Courtauld Institute in London. I have also accepted an offer to join an international management consulting firm as an associate upon receiving my degree from the Courtauld.

Rebecca RothfeldMajor: Philosophy Hometown: Washington, D.C. Plans: I will be working as assistant literary editor of The New Republic.

Mahala PaganMajor: English Hometown: New York, N.Y. Plans: I plan to join the strategy group at Siegel+Gale, a branding strategy and design firm, in the NYC office.

Jenny CheMajor: French studies and geography Hometown: New York, N.Y. Plans: I have a summer internship with The Wall Street Journal’s “Speakeasy,” a culture and entertainment blog.

First row, from left: Marissa Wizig, Kate Shelton, and Ezra Toback; second row, from left: Leah Feiger, Todor Parushev, Julia McElhinney, Jesse Peltier, and Gabriela Meade. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Marissa WizigMajor: Government and religion Hometown: Leawood, Kan. Plans: I will be working at AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in Washington, D.C.

Leah FeigerMajor: Women’s and gender studies and African and African American studies Hometown: Chicago, Ill. Plans: I will be moving to Cape Town, South Africa, to get my master’s from the University of Cape Town’s African Gender Institute.

Kate SheltonMajor: Psychology and women’s and gender studies Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz. Plans: My plans are undetermined.

Todor ParushevMajor: Economics and mathematical social sciences Hometown: Varna, Bulgaria Plans: I will be working in the Corporate Strategy and Business Development division of Clínica Las Condes, one of Chile’s most renowned private hospitals.

Julia McElhinneyMajor: Environmental studies Hometown: Winchester, Mass. Plans: I will be joining CBT Architects in Boston to work in their Urban Design Group.

Ezra TobackMajor: Asian and Middle Eastern studies; Asian and Middle Eastern languages and literatures (Japanese) Hometown: Westchester, N.Y. Plans: I’ll be attending the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan, and applying to graduate schools in the fall.

Jesse PeltierMajor: Chemistry and Native American studies Hometown: Bellevue, Wash. Plans: I’ll be attending the University of California, San Diego, chemistry and biochemistry graduate school in order to get a PhD in inorganic chemistry.

Gabriela MeadeMajor: Cognitive science Hometown: Waterbury, Vt. Plans: I have been awarded a Fulbright study grant to do a master’s in cognitive neuroscience at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Clarisse Benoit (not pictured)Major: Neuroscience Hometown: Cape Neddick, Maine Plans: I will be student teaching in the Upper Valley to complete an elementary education certificate.

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