Life after Lawrence presents many exciting opportunities for our graduating Lawrentians, ready to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Most take their first steps into careers. Many continue their education in medical, law or graduate school. Still others will embrace opportunities to spend a year on a fellowship. Here are just a few who came into the studio to share their plans with us.

Dalia Khattab '18

Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Majors: Biology, Government, French
Next Step: MPH in Global Health Policy, George Washington UniversityDistrict of Columbia

The diversity at Lawrence has made my educational experience great for me. It’s really nice to get to know more about other people’s cultures and to share my culture as well. I'm excited to learn more about how health policies are made and implemented in order to tackle important public health issues around the world.

Lewis Berger '18

Hometown: Belchertown, Mass.
Majors: Government, Economics
Next Step: Analyst, Gravie

“I got what I expected from Lawrence and more; not only academics, but also learning how to positively contribute to the community. I'm excited to use data analytics to help Gravie continue to improve the way health care is provided in the United States.”

Maxx Powell-Kelley '18

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Major: Philosophy 
Next Step: Social Media Marketing Specialist, Mindfully She, El Segundo, Calif.

"I am looking forward to taking something that was originally a hobby (and position I had previously held in student leadership) as a pathway to a career. This opportunity is providing an amazing creative outlet in one of my favorite places."

Eli Cauley '18

Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Major: Linguistics
Next Step: Watson Fellowship Winner | “wanderjahr”

“I’ve been the game maker desperately trying to figure out where games fit into my life. The medium is so woefully underexplored and it so desperately needs diverse voices to breathe life into its unexplored corners. For my Watson project, I hope to follow this thread around the world, exploring the exciting and diverse game makers who exist outside the traditional game development world."

Malik Graham '18

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Majors: Math, Computer Science
Next Step: Software Development Engineer, Zillow, Seattle, Wash.

Lawrence has prepared me through the people I have met, and they have given me wisdom I can use. With my skills and education in hand, I am ready to grow as a person and I'm excited to figure out what path I want to take after moving to SeattleTo see my skills be used for a greater purpose reminds me just how important they are, and makes me realize just how much I love programming.”

Lauren McLester-Davis '18

Hometown: De Pere, Wis.
Majors: Biochemistry, Neuroscience
Next Step: Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Tulane University, New Orleans, La.

"I’m very excited to research new ways to study and treat central nervous system diseases and disorders."

Sydney Nelson '18

Hometown: Crystal Lake, Ill.
Major: English
Next Step: Master's program in Marketing, Stockholm Business School, Stockholm, Sweden

"My English major, Spanish minor and Resonance Communications Fellowship at Lawrence fostered my love for writing and cross-cultural communication. I hope to deepen and specialize these skillsets at Stockholm Business School by learning in an international setting and acquiring expertise in marketing, strategic communication, and consumer studies."

Bernard Lilly '18

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Major: Anthropology
Next Step: Independent Artist/Musician

“'I‘ve been able to live experiences that I was once writing about, and I've had so many people support me on my journey. I have about a thousand songs in me that I just have to get out."

Manuel Ferreira '18

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Major: Anthropology
Next Step: Master's in Anthropology, University of Denver

“I am excited to start my next adventure and pursue my passions of anthropology and museums at the University of Denver. I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity and all my friends, family, and Lawrence staff and faculty that have helped me along the way.”

Liam Keenan '18

Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Majors: Mathematics, Philosophy
Next Step: Ph.D. in Mathematics, The University of Minnesota

​"I am looking forward to living in Minneapolis and getting paid to do what I love. I have always had multiple interests in different disciplines, and Lawrence gave me the space to explore all of them. I could connect with my professors on a deep level, and the passion that I’ve cultivated here will support the rest of my professional life."

Janey Degnan '18

Hometown: Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.
Major: Neuroscience
Next Step: Software Tester/Quality Assurance, Epic Systems

“I am excited for the opportunity to learn new skills and to be part of a team whose work positively influences the healthcare industry.”

Jake Roeper '18

Hometown: Thiensville, Wis.
Majors: Economics, Geology
Next Step: Financial Analyst, Kimberly Clark

I found this position through my LU hockey family. When I interviewed, I stressed the Lawrence difference, learning how to be a leader in multiple situations. When you graduate, you get to own your future instead of falling into the normal pattern. This is also one of the fastest growing regions in the midwest, which starts to become very important when you think about good internships and jobs coming out of college. If you want to be here, there are a ton of opportunities.

Aedan Gardill '18

Aeden_GardillHometown: Waunakee, Wis.
Majors: Physics, Studio Art 
Next Step: Ph.D. in Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.

"I am looking forward to continuing my study of physics in a research lab that is just starting up, especially having the experience of starting a project from scratch."

Hannah Gjertson '18

Hannah_GjertsonHometown: De Forest, Wis.
Major: Biology
Next Step: Master of Science in Public Health, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England  

I'm looking forward to moving to a global city studying in one of the most respected institutions in the world for public health.

Rachael Wuensch '18

Rachael_WuenschHometown: Reedsburg, Wis.
Majors: Psychology, Studio Art
Next Step: Administration Assistant/Marketing & Graphic Design Intern, The Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, Wis.

"I am looking forward to being involved in La Crosse's art community and learning from local artists, volunteers, and coworkers at The Pump House. I'm fortunate and excited to have the opportunity to plan future events for The Pump House as well as assist their weekly painting classes." 

Jeremy Stephani '18

Jeremy_StephaniHometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.
Major: Economics
Next Step: Inside Sales Representative at Becton Dickinson, Vernon Hills, Ill.

In looking forward to working at Becton Dickinson, I am excited to begin my career in medical device sales while also getting the opportunity to learn more about the healthcare industry as a whole.”

Rebecca Tapia '18

Becca_TapiaHometown: New York, N.Y.
Major: Gender Studies
Next Steps: Teacher with Uncommon Schools, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Master’s in Childhood Education, Relay Graduate School of Education, New York, N.Y.

"To raise the rigor, we ask, "how high?"

Brianna Christian '18

BriannaHometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Major: Math
Next Step: Relay Graduate School of Education, Relay GSE, Antonio, Texas

"I am looking forward to planning and executing my first lesson plan in an algebra class. I can't wait to watch students have 'aha' moments with complex mathematical ideas, and network with Relay mentors and peers. I'll be helping change the lives of many young people."  

Eric Weiss '18

Eric_WeissHometown: Birmingham, Mich.
Major: History
Next Step: Graduate Manager, UW-Milwaukee Men’s Basketball, UW-Milwaukee

I look forward to taking my first step into Division 1 basketball coaching, working full time for the UWM coaching staff while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership.”

Colleen Nowlan '18

Colleen_NowlanHometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.
Major: Psychology
Next Step: Master's in Social Work, Loyola University, Chicago Ill.

"I am excited to start training for an impactful career where I will be able to advocate and speak up for others."

Emma Arnesen '18

Emma ArnesenHometown: Wheaton, Ill.
Majors: Government, French and Francophone Studies, International Studies
Next Step: Illinois 6th District Democratic Campaign Internship, Casten for Congress, Chicago, Ill.

"This summer I will be completing my work with The Borgen Project as a Political Affairs intern, and moving on to campaign with Casten for Congress, Democratic candidate for Illinois's 6th Congressional District. I am most looking forward to campaigning, meeting with local representatives of my county, and having a first-hand look into political elections."

Madeleine Leonowitz '18

MadeleineHometown: Kenosha, Wis.
Majors: Music, Economics
Next Step: Juris Doctor, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.


I look forward to this opportunity of continuing my education and critical thinking skills at law school. I hope to take the knowledge and experiences that I will acquire at Rutgers University and implement them in large-scale issues where I can be a tool of positive change. I seek to make meaningful and powerful contributions to the world through the skills that I will learn while completing my degree in law.”

Augusta Finzel '18

augustaHometown: Morris, Minn.
Majors: Biology, Russian
Next Step: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Greenland

"I’m interested in melting permafrost in the Arctic and other climate change problems. Greenland works really well with those interests because so much of it is inside the Arctic Circle. It’s right at the heart of many of these problems."

Additional Videos

Some students volunteered to talk more about their next steps. Watch videos below and check back from time to time as more videos become available.

Elena Hudacek '18

ElainaHometown: Lexington, Mass.
Majors: Linguistics, Spanish
Next Step: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Bogota, Colombia

"I’ve worked a lot at Lawrence with international students as a mentor and a tutor, and I’ve really enjoyed that role. Having studied in Europe during my term abroad, I decided I wanted to live in Latin America after graduation. I’ll gain leadership experience, become more independent, and further develop my Spanish skills. Plus, I’m just obsessed with Colombian music!"

Jenny Hanrahan '18

Hometown: Johnsburg, Ill.
Majors: Theatre Arts, Anthropology
Next Step: Professional Theatre Workshop, Circle in The Square Theatre School, New York, N.Y.

"I am so excited to spend the next two years studying acting and theatre making at this brilliant conservatory associated with the Broadway Theatre."

Anne Marie Carden '18

Anne_Marie_CardenHometown: Western Springs, Ill.
Major: Performance (Voice) 
Next Step: Master's in Performance, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, Mass.

"I am looking forward to exploring the opportunities the city of Boston provides for the arts and the opportunity to dive further into the musical world."  

Zishen Ye '18

Hometown: Beijing, China
Major: Economics
Next Step: Ph.D. in Economics, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky

"I'm excited to begin my teaching assistantship and departmental fellowship. I'm looking forward to work with wonderful professors in the field and prepare to be a good college professor in the future! I would not have this incredible opportunity without amazing help from many Lawrence professors in the past four years."

Will Gill '18

Will_GillHometown: Bloomington, Ill. 
Majors: Government, German
Next Step: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany

“As a Fulbright recipient, I feel like I’m in a position to focus less on myself and more on other people. I can relate comfortably to people in Germany, culturally, linguistically and personally because I’ve spent so much time there.”

Cyra Bammer '18

Hometown: Zionsville, Ind.
Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry
Next Step: Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Ind.

"I'm looking forward to furthering both human and animal health by specializing in public health veterinary medicine."

Eva Tourangeau '18

Eva_TourangeauHometown: Denver, Colo.
Major: Math
Next Step: Post-Baccalaureate Statistical Sciences Intern, Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos N.M.

"I look forward to learning statistical and data scientific techniques through cutting edge research and from expert scientists at the lab. This position will help me clarify my goals for graduate school: whether I ought to pursue statistics, computer science, or data science. I also can't wait to move back out west and explore beautiful New Mexico."

Foley Van Lieshout '18

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Major: English 
Next Step: Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wis.

"I am interested in international law and litigation, and I'm hoping to eventually practice law overseas. No other member of my family has studied international law, but many-- including my own father-- have studied litigation at Marquette, so while I continue a legacy I will be creating my own path.”  

Schuyler Borges '18

SchuylerHometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
Major: Geology
Next Step: Ph.D. in Astronomy and Planetary Science, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz.

"I am looking forward to continuing fieldwork around the world and pairing those experiences with my Mars research interests. I am excited to be working with amazing scientists from different disciplines and combining our fields of expertise to answer a variety of questions concerning planetary processes."

Rosanne Lam '18

Hometown: Beijing, China
Major: Environmental Studies
Next Step: Master's in Environmental Management, Duke University

"I look forward to delving deeper into the intersection of Biology, Economics, and Government in relation to environmental sustainability."

Annie Mercado '18

Annie MercadoHometown: Des Plaines, Ill.
Major: Performance (Music)
Next Step: Master's in Performance, University of Minnesota School of Music, Minneapolis, Minn.

"I'm excited to further my studies in opera and performance and to be in such a flourishing city!"

Emma Jensen '18

Hometown: Orange City, Iowa
Major: Performance (Horn)
Next Step: Meadows School of Music, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

"I am very excited to pursue my Masters of Music in Horn Performance at SMU.  Playing horn professionally has been my dream since I was a kid, and there aren't words to express how grateful I am for the opportunity to work toward this goal each day."

Nalee Douangvilay '18

Najee DouangvilayHometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Major: English
Next Step: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, South Korea

"I went to Lawrence’s London Centre my junior year, and it was my first time being abroad. The program in Korea is host families for the first year, so I feel like I’m going to get another really authentic experience."

Bhavana Suvarna '18

Hometown: Woodbury, Minn.
Majors: Economics, French and Francophone Studies
Next Step: English Language Assistant, Teaching Assistant Program, Caen, France

"French is a passion of mine, and I am so grateful to have this opportunity to increase my fluency with the language and gain an immersive experience in French culture. I'm additionally looking forward to the preparation this position will give me for a future career in global affairs through its emphasis on cross-cultural exchange and collaboration."  

Abbey Bowen '18

AbbeyHometown: Appleton, Wis.
Major: Government
Next Step: University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wis.

"I'm looking forward to gaining a broader knowledge in the legal field and taking advantage of UW Law's excellent clinical programs. I am currently focused on family law and criminal prosecution but I am excited to see what else I find interesting!"

Bané Touré '18

Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Majors: Government, Film
Next Step: Schuler Scholar Program, Chicago, Ill.

“I'm looking forward to inspiring students who look like me to persevere in academia and I'd like to better establish myself as a leader.”

Arianna Cohen '18

Arianna_CohenHometown: Newberg, Wis.
Major: English
Next Step: Development and Volunteer Coordinator, Saint Francis Children's Center, Glendale, Wis.

"I am looking forward to using my writing and communications background, combined with the new challenges of working in fundraising, volunteer coordination and special events. Saint Francis is a place that has held immense importance to my whole family for years and I can't wait to be a part of the team.”

Margaret Straughan '18

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Majors: Performance (Violin)
Next Step: Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wis.

“I am so excited to learn more about the legal system and how I can use the knowledge I will obtain to better help others, especially those who are underserved. Though I don't know what specific area of law I would like to focus on, I can't wait to hit the books and learn some more.”

Rachel Goldstein '18

Hometown: Wilmette, Ill.
Major: Gender Studies
Next Step: Makeup Certification Program, Makeup First School of Makeup Artistry, Chicago, Ill.

"I am looking forward to expanding my skillset in makeup artistry and learning exactly what I need to know to advance myself in the cosmetics industry.”

Christian Rodriguez '18

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Majors: Math, Economics
Next Step: Master's in Statistical Practice, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Data, data everywhere!

Rebecca Albrecht '18

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Majors: Economics, Government 
Next Step: Associate Analyst, Fitch Ratings, Chicago, Ill.

Jackson Boeh '18

Hometown: Antioch, Ill.
Major: Economics
Next Step: Personal Wealth Management, Northwestern Mutual, Chicago, Ill.