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What's ahead?

As told to Joni Moths Mueller

Leaving campus is just the first step on the next path, this one with different twists and turns and, yes, even bumps, a need for different clothes (sweats won't impress the corporate set), sometimes luggage and often a cell phone plan with more minutes for long-distance calls home. A few ecstatic, fresh alumni look at what's ahead.


  • Kelsey Lynch, Arts '11, biological sciences major

     What's next?

    A position as a laboratory assistant at the University of California–San Diego in the biomedical sciences research department, working on a project concerned with mutating a sleep gene in fruit flies. I want to gain some experience in a research setting before applying to graduate school programs.

    What excites you most?

    I am ecstatic about heading west to where it's warm! I vowed to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. I'm bringing my favorite clothes, some cool shades and my running shoes. What else do you really need?

    What accomplishment stands out?

    That I wasn't too scared to take this opportunity. I woke up one morning to an email about the position and immediately thought: "I can't just get up and go all the way out there." Then I took a step back and thought: "Why not?"

    Who will you be in five years?

    I'll be on my way to obtaining a Ph.D. or becoming a CEO of a major hospital.



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  • Jim Axtell, Arts '11, history major

    What's next?

    I'll be working as a box-office supervisor for IMG Tickets in Coral Gables, Fla., which provides services to some of the country's most successful sporting and entertainment events. My career goal is to work in the sports industry and this is a great way to begin.

    What accomplishment stands out?

    I grew up in Connecticut, so when I decided to come to Marquette I was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone. Freshman year, I had doubts and thought about transferring. I've realized that my decision to stay at Marquette was the best choice I could have made and being able to receive a degree from Marquette is undoubtedly my biggest personal accomplishment.

    Who will you be in five years?

    I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by great friends and family who shaped the individual that I have become. I hope that the only major difference between me now and me in five years is that I will be five years into a successful career.

    What will you take along?

    I would never go anywhere without my Red Sox hat and Dolphins jerseys and many things that remind me of all the good times I've had in my four years here, from going to basketball games to going out on weekends with friends.

  • Christina Starkey, Bus Ad '11, double major in finance and international business

    What's next? 

    I'm moving to New York City to work at JP Morgan Investment Bank in fixed-income trading.

    What excites you most?

    I'm excited to be going to Wall Street since it really is the center of the world for finance.

    What will you take along?

    A lot of things to remind me of home and family. I will also take Marquette's idea of "being the difference" so that I can stand out — both for working hard and behaving ethically.

    What accomplishment stands out?

    I'm very proud to be doing something that not many people, especially not a lot of women, have been able to do, and I'm excited to be blazing this trail for future Marquette students.

  • Ebony Taylor, Arts '11, sociology major

    What's next?

    I will be a district manager for Aldi Inc. in the Oak Creek Division in Wisconsin.

    What accomplishment stands out?

    I am most proud of my last year here at Marquette. I took a job promotion to open a new store as a full-time store manager and commuted to Marquette twice a week for classes my first semester and three times a week the second semester. I had to stay on top of my staff and business as well as my schoolwork and grades. It was tough, but I persevered and it paid off. We exceeded our sales plan for the year, and I am finally graduating.

    What will you take with you?

    My Bible provides me with basic instructions and spiritual direction. I'll take my good-luck butterfly necklace and family picture so I never forget where I came from or where I'm headed. An alumni license plate — I deserve it after all of these years — and a Marquette sweatshirt — some paraphernalia from only the best university ever!

    What excites you most?

    Having a company car! I am also excited to finally have a job that fits my personality. I love everything about the retail industry.

  • Jennifer Szatkowski, H Sci '11, biomedical sciences major

    What's next?

    Medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., where I will be commissioned as an officer in the Air Force.

    What accomplishment stands out?

    Honestly, I wouldn't wish taking the MCAT or applying to 17 medical schools on my worst enemy. I'm proud of the fact that I will be attending the only military medical school in the country, learning to serve those who work in harm's way.

    Who will you be in five years?

    Five years from now I will have graduated from medical school and be completing my first year of residency at an Air Force hospital.

    What excites you most?

    "I am finally going to be trained to become a doctor, which has been my dream since I was a child."

  • Patrick Q. Duffey, Arts '11, double major in psychology and sociology

    What's next?

    Through the Inner City Teaching Corps, I will be teaching elementary school in Chicago Public Schools and taking courses toward a master's in education at Northwestern University.

    How have you changed?

    Marquette pushed me into challenging opportunities of service and academics over the past four years. The instances in the classroom, the Milwaukee community and across the world in rural and urban Africa forced me to better understand myself and where my purpose lies.

    What accomplishment stands out?

    The relationships I formed. Not only will I be able to call up my best friends from Marquette whenever I need them, but I have people I care about thinking and praying for me in places like Voi, Kenya, and Cape Town, South Africa.

    Five years from now I hope that I am a man who positively affected hundreds of children in Chicago Public Schools.



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