By Sally Krutzig
As seniors prepare to graduate and move out of the “UD Bubble,” we take a look at what some of them plan on doing next. These selections, received via email, have been edited slightly for purposes of grammar.
Anthony Kersting, Fulbright Scholar
In March, I received an email notifying me that I had been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany. Not only does the commission pay for my round trip flight to Europe, but I will also receive a stipend while in Germany that covers room and board (and hopefully a bit of travel on the side if I’m frugal!). A subsequent email almost a month later informed me that I had been placed in Saxony. Saxony is in eastern Germany and borders the Czech Republic. It is also home to the beautiful Ore Mountains, many medieval castles and a longstanding woodcarving tradition. In addition to teaching, I will hopefully join a local choir. I may also get the opportunity to teach an amateur astronomy class for the local community. I am beyond excited to have this immersive experience and I cannot wait to become fluent in German.
Emily Madden, Working with a Governor
After graduation, I will complete a 15-month fellowship with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael. My duties with the governor will include shadowing senior and top-level government officials, conducting research for statewide projects, performing support work for division programs and preparing correspondence for the governor. Under the attorney general, I will shadow daily activities throughout the office to engage in the practice of law and policy through the public sector while completing various clerical tasks and bureau projects. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to learn from these government officials who have made significant strides for the constituents of Wyoming.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Development Officer for a Pro-life Organization
After graduation, I will be transitioning from my part-time job as the Dallas-Fort Worth development assistant to a development officer at Heroic Media, a nonprofit that connects women in unplanned pregnancies with pregnancy resource centers primarily through television and internet advertising. As a development officer I will be an integral part of a three-person team responsible for raising the funds for Heroic Media’s multimillion-dollar budget. This will be done primarily through visits with current donors as well as prospective donors in DFW and throughout the country. I am extremely excited to begin working full-time at Heroic Media primarily for two reasons: I will be able to help raise the money needed for Heroic Media to fulfill its life-saving ministry and I will be able to meet so many wonderful people who want to join in Heroic Media’s mission.
Amanda Jewett, Catholic Ministry on a Native American Reservation
I will be spending the next year as a volunteer with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps Midwest. “Cap Corps” is a Catholic community of volunteers who practice Franciscan spirituality, social justice, simple living and servant leadership. My volunteer year will be spent as a campus minister at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mo. As the campus ministry coordinator, I will be leading the catechetical and liturgical endeavors in the faith development of the students and staff. I will be working with the Northern Cheyenne and Crow people. It will be challenging living on an immensely rural Indian reservation, but I am looking forward to being immersed in Native American culture, putting my theology degree to practical use and growing in my relationship with Christ.
Alena Ababon, Teaching Morals in India
After graduation, I have the opportunity to teach in India and I am very excited! My family has always been a part of an evangelical missions organization called Gospel for Asia, which works primarily in the Indian subcontinent and the surrounding regions (such as Nepal after [the recent] earthquake). I am going to intern with [the organization] over the next summer and into mid-fall, being trained and […] growing in my Christian work and then [in] early January I will go to India to teach. I will live on the seminary campus and eat meals with the Bible school students and use my elementary education degree to teach second- and third-graders English and moral sciences. Moral sciences is an ethics and civics class…and I will be teaching [it] from a Christian point of view, working as a teacher’s aid for three months, and then [I will] have the choice to stay for another three to 12 months.
Sarah Sokora, Entering a Convent in the Heart of New York City
This fall, I will (God willing) be joining the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, CFR, in the Bronx, New York. Religious life is centered on prayer, community and service, and so, as a new postulant, I’ll be learning about these three pillars of the life through community prayer, classes in the convent and engaging in the active apostolate with the sisters. This community imitates St. Francis by serving the poor through soup kitchens [and] clothing handouts, and by evangelizing on retreats and the streets. I am ecstatic to be joining this community and to begin to live the religious life. Although it’s a little frightening to be leaving friends, family and financial security behind, I know that this is who God has been calling me to be: a daughter of St. Francis, a sister among sisters, and most importantly, a bride of Christ. Pray for me as I will for you!
Laura Prejean, Working as a Fellow
I’ll be headed to Philadelphia, Penn. next year for a fellowship at the John Jay Institute. The program begins with an academic residency in the fall based on politics, theology and philosophy, all taught in a Socratic method. The fellowship is then completed with an externship at either a think tank [or] state municipality, or something of the like. The institute and [the] program as a whole are oriented towards informing the public order with religious, moral and intellectual aspects. Not only will I learn plenty during the fellowship year, but it will also leave me with some indispensable resources afterward, including a wide network within the political academic field.
Jacob Samuel, Dentist in Training
I will be attending Midwestern University in the Chicago area for dental school. It’s a four-year program and after I graduate, I will receive a doctor’s degree to practice dentistry (DMD). I’m looking forward to going home, since I am from around the area, and advancing my career. [The] biggest challenge will be the rigor of dental school classes and clinicals. I am very excited to start this new journey.
Monica Dickson, Teaching English in Spain
I can’t wait to work in Spain next year. I am moving to Roquetas de Mar, a small fishing town on the southern coast of Spain, in September to start a job as an English language assistant. Colegio Altaduna is an all-girls Opus Dei academy. As far as I understand, I will be teaching the Spanish equivalent of K-12. I was originally attracted to the Meddeas program because [it helps] native English speakers to find teaching positions at bilingual schools in Spain. My students will spend half of their days learning in Spanish and the other half learning in English. My greatest challenge in accepting this position is that I haven’t studied Spanish in close to four years, so this will be a full immersion learning experience. Luckily for me, I will be teaching during the English portion of the day and will not be required to speak in Spanish.
Laura Jauregui, Integrating Children with Disabilities
Starting mid-June, I will be working as an ABA (applied behavior analysis) coach at a preschool called Texas Star Academy. It is part of a nonprofit called Easter Seals North Texas. This nonprofit serves to integrate individuals with disabilities into society (i.e. adults, children or soldiers with PTSD). Texas Star Academy is [a] unique preschool in that it has a 1:2 ratio of kids with disabilities to kids without disabilities and it has four ABA coaches per classroom.
My main responsibility will be to help eliminate negative behaviors (aggressive behaviors or refusal to communicate) that the students with disabilities may have. I will do this using the ABA method so that they [will] be ready to enter a “normal” kindergarten. I will also teach children without disabilities how to communicate and accept those with disabilities.
Mike Pitstick, The New Tony Seiler
Next year, I will have the privilege to serve as a Rome campus coordinator on UD’s Due Santi campus. The Rome RC position is a name change for the job [most] of us know as Rome Assistant (RA). I’m absolutely ecstatic about the opportunity to return to Rome for the next year, facilitating the study abroad experience for next year’s Romers, learning Italian and making sure no one drinks beer out of bottles (pour it into a glass)! The job of the Rome RC covers a lot of responsibilities, but I hope I’m able to master the perfect cappuccino (à la Tony Seiler) and keep things running smoothly around campus.