Where are they going?
English Majors - Class of 2010
Sally Abell - This summer, I'm embarking on a post-graduation road trip adventure with my fiance. Our goal is to find excellent steaks in Texas and climb at least one 14,000-foot peak in the Colorado Rockies. Next year I'll be working as a preschool literacy tutor for the Minnesota Reading Corps at the Lyndale Community School in Uptown Minneapolis. I'm looking forward to reuniting with my friends and classmates at special events for Twin Cities area alumni!
Eric Monek Anderson - The day after graduation I am hitting the road to Chicago to do marketing and development, through AmeriCorps VISTA, for an organization the provides extra support to homeless Chicago Public School students. After that I hope to continue work in housing rights/advocacy and eventually attend graduate school for public policy or law, but it's just as likely I might return to my love of journalism.
Stephanie Andren - After graduating with majors in English and Psychology, I plan to work in human services as a social worker or mental health worker in or around the Twin Cities area before pursuing graduate school for a Master's degree in clinical social work.
Molly Baeverstad - I'll be an apprentice in the St. Olaf Art Department next year, with plans to eventually pursue my MFA in mixed-media printmaking.
Taylor Brorby - I will be a seminary student at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.
Alex Brumley - In the fall I will be student teaching at Eden Prairie High School and receiving my teaching license.
Jeffrey Challberg - I will be pursuing a Masters of Divinity at The University of Chicago Divinity School.
Jennifer Easler - After a year working an as-yet unknown job in Pensacola, Florida, I may go to graduate school in classics or in medieval literature as my fiance starts medical school. Or I may avoid graduate school altogether and write amazing best-selling novels. Or I may go to grad school and write novels. Or I may open a bookstore and coffee-shop with my sisters. Or...
D.J. Erickson - Next year, I will be a college-prep coach for high school juniors in the Twin Cities with a local non-profit called Admission Possible. I also hope to become certified to teach yoga, and I'm considering many possible ways to share my love of life, language, and literature with others.
Jeanne Foels - I will be joining the Lutheran Volunteer Corps after I graduate. I will be working at Open Arms, a non-profit in Minneapolis.
Kirstine Foster - I will be leaving Minnesota to try something new next year! I am heading to Denver, Colorado with my finance in June to start a job as a Field Manager for Grassroots Campaigns. I hope to develop a career in non-profit work.
Lindsey Giaquinto - Next year I'll be working as a literacy tutor in St. Paul with Minnesota Reading Corps, an AmeriCorps program. After that, I hope to stockpile a few more degrees! I'm planning on going to the Denver Institute of Publishing and getting an MFA in notfiction creative writing.
Brittany Gilje - I'll be getting my Master's in Counseling from Saint Louis University.
Justine Goeke - I will be a law student at Harvard in the fall.
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Kelby Hackler - I will be student teaching in the fall, Honors American Literature and Speech, at Century High School. I will also be applying to Teach for America. After that, hopefully, the Peace Corps and teaching in Europe.
Marit Hanson - After spending the summer working in Glacier National Park, MT as a tour boat guide, I will be taking the year off from school to work on writing and enjoy life in Minneapolis. After that, I plan to enroll in either the Columbia University publishing course or the University of Denver Publishing Institute, with the ultimate goal of workig as an editor in the book publishing industry.
Nathan Haustein - I'm going to be working for myself in Minneapolis producing marketing videos for businesses.
Emily Heninger - I'll be taking a year off before hopefully heading to graduate school to get my PhD in English in the fall of 2011. In the meantime, I'll be working on an organic farm this summer, and then finding another fun job until I return to school!
Melanie Hornbeck - I want to get my master's degree in library science, work in the public library system, and hopefully start up/aid public libraries in developing countries.
Alec Johnson - I'm going to work at the Apple Store in Uptown, Minneapolis. I plan to use my English major skills to help teach customers how to use software.
Jamie Klein - I will be spending a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working as a Mental Health Advocate for a law firm in San Jose, CA. After that I tentatively plan to pursue a degree in clinical psychology -- always enlightened by my English major, of course.
Kristina Kontny - I am headed to the University of Denver for graduate school, to pursue a Masters in Education.
Danielle Lovaas - After a year off, I plan to attend grad school for linguistics with an ultimate interest in language preservation.
Kaite Mischke - I have been accepted to Luther Seminary, where I plan to attend this Fall (2010). I will be there four years, at the end of which I will obtain my Masters of Divinity, and become an ordained minister in the ELCA! After I am ordained, I hope to have my own parish or be part of a pastoral team at a church somewhere in Minnesota. I also may look into being a Youth and Family Ministries pastor. In any case, I'll get plenty of opportunities to use my English major writing semorns every week!
I don't know if this falls under the category of "what I'm doing after I graduate," but for the record, I am marrying Patrick Slack '10, fellow graduate and English major, in July! We will live on Luther campus, and we plan on getting a kitty! This is proof about the old cliche of Oles marrying Oles is still running strong!
Emily McNee - I will be working this summer as a Residence Director for Explorations summer program at Yale. This fall I will attend law school at the University of Minnesota.
Natalie Neal - After graduation, I'm going to continue to work at the Mall of America Apple Store as a Mac Specialist for a few months, going on a road trip to check out grad schools in August, and then moving to Moshi, Tanzania with my mother (a Nursing professor at St. Olaf who will be on her sabbatical) to teach English at an international school at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Tim Otte - My post-graduation plans will take me to either Chicago, IL or back home to St. Paul, MN. My ultimate career goal is to write, direct and design theatre experiences (not simply plays) in a collaborative setting with a group of like-minded artists. In the next few years I hope to pursue an MFA in creative writing (poetry, plays). Teaching is not out of the question down the line either. For now, I'll be trying to find a job or six while I simply live life for a little while.
Jensen Power - The year 2020: I'm living in the middle east or India or Thailand with my family, doing work with a business I started. It all started right after I graduated from St. Olaf. I moved home (Kansas City) where I was a research assistant for a good friend as she wrote her book on business women around the globe. The book, entitled "The Way Women Work" was very successful after its release in 2011. My work with the author, and the connection I made while traveling with her, allowed me to pursue travel writing. Additionally, I was able to learn a bit about business, which encouraged me to get my MBA. After that, I started a small business that reaches out to women around the globe, educating them in micro-finance, business, and personal health. I am in the process of writing a book on my experiences. I also work on the side as a photographer, sending my photographs to be published in various publications. Some day soon my family and I will return to the U.S., where I hope to continue working with women. Thanks to St. Olaf for equipping me with my English/Women's Studies/Media Studies degrees, and for being all around awesome. Couldn't have done it without you. Um ya ya.
Emily Raasch - I will be student teaching at Field Middle School in South Minneapolis in the fall. From there, I hope to be licensed as a Communication Arts and Literature teacher.
Sarah Rinehart - Next fall I will be working in North Minneapolis as a literacy tutor for an AmeriCorps program
Matt Roe - This summer, I will be helping physically disabled campers experience the outdoors at Camp Courage, northwest of the Cities. Starting in September, I will be conducting biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, specifically investigating methods of heart-attack prevention, while also finishing up medical school applications.
Patrick Slack - I will be getting married (Kaite Mischke '10) and then moving to St. Paul in August, living just two blocks away from my brother, which will test our creativity in coming up with reasons why we can't come over for dinner. In addition to that, I hope to publish a book that can at least match the 422 copies John Cusack's character sold in 2012. If newspapers are still around in a couple years, I would love to eventually have a job as either a beat writer or columnist to put my time at the Manitou Messenger to good use.
Nicole Smith - I will be attending the University of Saint Thomas to receive my M.A. in English for the next two years. From there I plan to either pursue teaching or become a writer of children/young adult fiction.
Linnae Stole - I will be teaching English at a Lutheran high school in Poland through the ELCA for at least a year, and I will hopefully find the time to do some traveling to other parts of Europe while I'm over there!
Emily Squires - Next year, I'll be working as an Americorp VISTA volunteer. Changing Gaits, the organization I'll be work for, uses equine therapy to assist those recovering from drug/alcohol addictions.
Sarah Tessien - I'm currently applying to jobs and I hear back on June first about all of them so I am crossing my fingers. My dream is to acquire a job that I love and can somehow use my English skills I've built here throughout the years. Other than that I'm returning home to the cities and hoping to enjoy 'my last summer' on my parents payroll!
Kathryn Thompson - I plan to teach high school English, coach speech and sports, and someday go to seminary!
Katherine Zalan - After graduation, I'm planning on getting a teaching certificate to teach ESL, and possibly get a masters in teaching. Then I'd like to teach English overseas.