Where are CC Grads Now?
Class of 2012
Ryan Patterson ’12
Fellow/Program Associate at El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs
Key milestones since graduation? Being selected for the two-year El Pomar Foundation Fellowship program with an emphasis on professional and leadership development through management of community development programs and support of statewide grantmaking to nonprofits. Second is finally completing 50 5k runs at Jack Quinn's running club. Third is following through with my commitment to summit as many 14ers as possible while I'm still in Colorado (I've only done six but you have to start somewhere!) And fourth is to complete a sub-30 minute Incline time, which has been a long-time goal. (Read more about the Manitou Incline here: http://www.manitouincline.com)
How has your CC education helped you in the real world? What are the benefits of the CC experience? Colorado College equips its graduates with a strong ability to learn quickly, perform under pressure and short deadlines, adapt to and welcome change, and most importantly, think critically and explore opportunity and take risks.
Billy Zuke ’12
Student at Indiana University School of Medicine
Key milestones since graduation? Getting into medical school.
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience? The friendships that were built at CC are the ones that will last a lifetime. The fast-paced courses at CC also prepared me for classes in medical school.
Class of 2013
Hanna Hoopingarner ’13
Associate Consultant at Semler Brossy Consulting Group
Mathematical Economics Major
Key milestones since graduation? Buying a car, moving to Los Angeles, paying all of my own bills (and yes I do now pay my own cell phone bill, which was the last and final futile hold I had on being a college student without bills), starting my job, starting to feel like I am good at my job and being brave enough to start making friends in any situation at any time. (Learning to say YES to almost anything someone invites you to can be hard but that is literally the only way to make it in a new city without close friends or family).
How has your CC education helped you in the real world? What are the benefits of the CC experience? CC helped me learn to handle stress and know what to do when I have a lot to do and very little time to do it. Being a student-athlete definitely helped with this. CC also helped me to push through tough assignments.
Margo Davis ’13
Environmental Scientist at AKRF
Key milestones since graduation? One of the most important milestones was identifying that the job I started right after graduation was not what I was interested in pursuing, and then recommitting myself to finding a job where I felt passionate about what I was doing. From then on it was a blur of applications and networking that finally ended with a set of interviews at a firm I became enamored with through my research. The single-most noteworthy moment was getting the phone call with a job offer, my heart was racing and it was incredibly difficult to try to sound professional while being that thrilled.
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience? My CC education helped me in more ways than I can count, but the ability to think critically and understand both the finer details and the broader context of a given problem are among the biggest takeaways. I also think that the way you learn at CC very closely mimics the work environment, where you need to pick up new things quickly and know how to efficiently budget your time. This eased my transition into my position itself, but also was important while I was searching for a job. It could be overwhelming working full time while putting so much time and energy into the job hunt, but because I had those four years of a fast-paced and demanding schedule it was manageable.
Johnny Reed ’13
8th Grade English Teacher at Theron Swainston Middle School in Las Vegas
French and Francophone Studies Major with a focus on International Relations and International Law
Key milestones since graduation? Relocating to Las Vegas and being plugged into a fast-paced and fruitful professional atmosphere, pursuing a master’s degree in secondary education (7-12) with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction and teaching English as a Second Language, speaking on behalf of Teach For America corps members at the Nevada Board of Trustees and Superintendent committee meeting, and being accepted as an Advocacy and Policy Fellow for LEE (Leadership for Educational Equity) to focus on education reform policy in Chicago during the summer of 2014.
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience? CC has prepared me for the “real world” by allowing me to grow and understand the many facets of my identity: who I was, who I am in any given situation, who I am growing to be and, most importantly, how the world perceives me as a young, educated African American male. This psychological and personal advancement has also fostered the development of my individual agency — my ability to set goals, hold myself accountable, and remain disciplined, all while understanding that hard work ALWAYS pays off. This is a remarkable skill that I have honed, but its foundation is unquestionably grounded in the Colorado College community, through my many social, cultural, academic, extracurricular, and professional commitments.
Annie Burcham ’13
Account Executive at Global Prairie marketing firm
Key milestones since graduation? One of the biggest milestones was officially being hired by the second company I interned for after a three-and-a-half month internship.
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience? Learning to work under pressure and fast-paced deadlines. The Block Plan is phenomenal for that. The ability to hit deadlines under pressure is huge in the industry I am in.
David Scott ’13
Math Fellow for the Denver Math Fellows
Environmental Science Major
Key milestones since graduation? Probably getting a salary job and buying a real bed.
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience? I tutor groups of one to four middle school students in math everyday. CC taught me how to organize my life so I have enough time outside of work to enjoy my true passions, such as soccer and snowboarding.
Katy Stetson ’13
Tech recruiting at Cypress HCM, San Francisco
Key milestones since graduation? Signing my apartment lease. San Francisco is notorious for its competitive housing market, and I spent my first eight or so months in the city bopping around from apartment to apartment. Luckily there’s a fantastic CC network out here, so it was easy to find temporary places through friends. The constant movement gave me a great feel for the city and its different neighborhoods, but I never felt settled. Signing a lease with another CC grad and having a place to call our own was a big deal.
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience? I’m working for a small tech recruiting firm. I find individuals – from back end developers to creative directors – who are the right technical and cultural fit for our clients. The benefits of my CC education can’t be summarized in any kind of short answer, but I will say the intensity with which we carried out our college years has definitely given me a leg up on my peers. CC prepares us to be efficient, concise, and confident in our decisions. If I don’t know how to solve the problem in front of me (be it work-related or personal), I know how to go about finding the right resources to help.
Katie Titley ’13
Manager at Richards/Climan, Inc. Theatrical General Management Firm
Environmental Science Major
Key milestones since graduation? Moving to New York City, satisfying and gratifying employment, and embarking on a new adventure.
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience? I work for a theatrical general management company as a member of the management team. We manage Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. I've found that learning and working on the Block Plan has been most beneficial to my career. Show business is incredibly fast-paced. Thanks to the Block Plan, I am able to do an incredible amount of work under a tight deadline. Additionally, having been a science major, I am incredibly detail-oriented, analytical, resourceful, and efficient. A liberal arts education dared me to find the courage to pursue a passion, but I attribute my environmental science major to be the root of my success in this business. CC encouraged me to investigate and pursue all my interests and passions, no matter the obstacles. No leap is too large, no ideas too crazy, no actions too challenging! Lastly, CC gave me the greatest friends who continue to provide support and love in the "real world."
Ryan Gall ’13
Well Site Geologist, Great Divide Consulting
Key milestones since graduation? I now work in the petroleum industry. I was also recently accepted into graduate school at the University of Utah. I'm very excited to begin working towards a master’s degree in geology this fall. I have a few post-graduation milestones. The first was obtaining my current job and moving to Denver. I love my work and schedule and really enjoy the Denver lifestyle on my time off. Another awesome milestone is a 40-day backpacking trip through China, Thailand, and Indonesia. This is sort of "the cap" on my post-graduation working life, as soon I'll be moving to Salt Lake City for graduate school. I'm beyond excited for this opportunity!
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience? Being part of the Geology Department at CC provided many benefits. I received top-notch exposure to geologic knowledge and methods via many field trips to some of the best geologic exposures in the country, and I learned it all from enthusiastic and highly respected professors. My CC geology degree alone has opened many doors, as the program is known across the geology community for preparing its students exceptionally well for careers and further study in earth sciences. And, of course, the friendships I made with other funky, fun, and driven CC students is a very cherished benefit of being a CC grad. CC prepared me for the real world simply by giving me the gusto to say "I can do this" to each problem or aspiration that manifests in my life. I see having this confidence as the key to success and happiness in the "real world."
Nancy Makuch ’13
Researcher at Tufts Veterinary School
Key milestones since graduation? At the moment, I am working three jobs. I work at Tufts Vet School researching lead poisoning in wildlife, at Flour Bakery in downtown Boston, and I work at the New England Aquarium doing sea turtle and marine mammal rescue. Moving to Boston, a new city where I didn't know anyone or anything, and starting new has been a big milestone! Also earning the internship at the aquarium as it was a highly competitive program.
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience? The high-intensity science classes and non-stop schedule of CC have helped me a lot. Being on a sports team, in a sorority, and a science major while I was at CC made me learn to balance my schedule and prioritize my time. Now, working three jobs, I feel as if I am just reliving the fast pace of CC. CC also prepared me for the science world. The high standards that all professors required set me straight for the high standards in the science world today. Finally, CC also taught me to enjoy life and have fun! I joined the MIT outdoor winter school and started to ice climb! When you go to CC, you can't forget about the outdoors; it's ingrained in us!
Marissa Gradoz ’13
Receptionist at Longmont Integrative Family Practice physician’s office and high school girls’ basketball coach at Monarch High School and Longmont Legends Basketball Club.
Key milestones since graduation? Finding a job! And I'm in the process of applying to physical therapy school and other graduate programs, so hopefully a master's degree is in the near-ish future!
How has your CC education helped you in the real world?/Benefits of the CC experience?
Aside from the obvious benefit of a bachelor’s degree, my CC education really helped guide me toward so many potential career paths. There are so many things to experience there and I think the fact that I took so many classes in so many departments helped me to solidify what direction I wanted to go. I also got so much hands-on experience. I always tell people about the lab work and field research I did, and it definitely rolls over into so many jobs now! It's tough finding "entry-level" jobs because so many require some type of past experiences, but the projects I did in all of my CC classes usually satisfy any requirements the employers are looking for. Also, CC is one my most favorite places in the world because I met some of the best people in the world there.