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    Block Break 7 Newsletter

    Dear Parents and Alumni, 

    In Block 7, we begin hearing news of students’ success in landing post-graduate and summer opportunities. Our graduating seniors leverage their liberal arts experience to pursue a wide range of jobs, fellowship programs, and graduate degrees. As we prepare to celebrate our seniors next block, I am pleased to share some examples of their exciting plans for the future. 


    I was thrilled to learn of the prestigious international fellowships several of our students have received! Theo Hooker '18 was named a Watson Fellow for his project “Feeding the Earth and Ourselves.” Over the next year, he will travel to India, Spain, Tanzania, England, and the Netherlands to explore the complexity of food systems. Rachel Hyppolite '18 was awarded a Princeton in Asia Fellowship to teach at Deebuk School in Phang Nga, Thailand. 

    Some students will continue exploring their academic interests through graduate fellowships. Qiu Chang Wu '18 was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will support her research in systems and synthetic biology at Harvard University. Jared Russell '18 was named a Fulbright Scholar of International Law at the University of Melbourne in Australia. 

    CC also facilitates unique fellowship opportunities through our Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP), which places students in paid summer and yearlong fellowships with Colorado nonprofit organizations. Next year, 15 graduating seniors will serve as yearlong fellows. For a sampling of some fellowship positions, Dorsa Djalilzadeh '18 will work at The Bell Policy Center, Salem Tewelde '18 at the Denver Scholarship Foundation, and Savanah McDaniel '18 at the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. 


    To highlight a few of the jobs our seniors secured, Kyla Jarka '18 will work as a software developer and designer at McMaster-Carr, Abbie Moore '18 as a cybersecurity & privacy associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Practice, and Helena Thatcher '18 as a consulting analyst for Fidelity Investments. Singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker '18 has signed to Republic Records and is currently on a European tour. 

    Our 2017-18 Post-Graduate Pursuits Report offers a longer-term look at CC students’ outcomes, illustrating where graduates of the classes of 2011 and 2012 are now. The report, which includes data from five-year-out surveys and the National Student Clearinghouse, indicates that 49 percent of the Class of 2011 and 37 percent of the Class of 2012 are pursuing or have completed one or more graduate degrees. Additionally, 17 percent of the Class of 2012 reported currently or already having started a company, underscoring the innovative spirit of our students and alumni. Across the board, our graduates are engaged in their communities, with 89 percent of the Class of 2012 reporting involvement in community-service or philanthropic endeavors. 

    We are proud of our seniors! I encourage you to join us in honoring their many accomplishments next block. All are welcome to attend (or live stream) Honors Convocation on May 8 and Commencement on May 21. 

    Warm regards,


    President Jill Tiefenthaler