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Ed Helms Explores the Value of Embracing Your Fears

Knox College conducted its 168th Commencement exercises on the South Lawn of Old Main as 301 graduating seniors received their bachelor's degrees. Actor and comedian Ed Helms addressed the class of 2013 by describing his journey to a career in comedy and by telling the graduating seniors that fear of the unknown should be "a trigger for curiosity." Fear "can be a spirit guide on your path to a successful life," he added. "Success lies in the tension between fear and discovery."

“That tension will always be there, but so long as your desire to explore is greater than your desire to not screw up, you're on the right track. A life oriented toward discovery is infinitely more rewarding than a life oriented toward not blowing it.”

A total of 93 graduating seniors were earned recognition for their academic achievements and nineteen were awarded College Honors for advanced independent study projects that produced a major piece of research or creative work.

Read more about commencement and watch Ed Helms address the class of 2013.

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The Class of 2013 Looks Ahead

Knox College's newest graduates, the members of the Class of 2013, have picked up their diplomas, and now they are planning and pursuing the next chapter in their lives. At the rehearsal for their Commencement exercises, several graduating seniors took the time to answer the question, "What's next?" Political science major Charlotte Young will be joining a law firm in Dallas as an audit response clerk. Seattle native Tiesa McElroy will be returning home to work for Boeing on their estimation and pricing team for the 787 Dreamliner. Cheng Cheng from Jiangyou, China is headed to Washington University to study biomedical science. Learn about other members of the graduating class and the Knox programs that helped them find success.

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Music Major Explores Connections Between Composition and Business

Knox senior Nathaniel "Nate" Beck has discovered, through his music capstone project, that the processes of brand management and music composition have more in common than one might think. Nate explored the links between marketing strategies in a business context and the process of composing a musical piece for a specific audience. His project aims to "experiment with connecting the creative process to a business-administrative perspective." "My project wasn't supposed to be the best way to approach composing, but just a theory to think about the compositions in a different way," said Nate. Learn more about his capstone project and Knox’s music and business programs.

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Studying History at the Crossroads Between the East and the West

Junior Laura Crossley has been immersing herself in the culturally rich environment of Turkey while studying at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. "It's immense, populous, historic, and grand," said Laura. "It's the point of physical connection between ‘East' and ‘West,' which is also what drew me here." Laura said her Knox experiences of interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds have helped her in Turkey "as I encounter people from backgrounds very different from mine.” She added, "Finally getting to see the places I've studied in history and art history classes has definitely given me a better understanding of history.” Learn more about Laura’s experiences in Turkey , Knox’s history, anthropology and sociology, and art history programs, and study abroad opportunities at Knox.

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Junior Walks in the Footsteps of Her Favorite Authors

By studying abroad in Limerick, Ireland, Knox College junior Nicole Holtzman has been able to walk in the footsteps of her favorite authors, leading her to feel more at home in the literary world. A double-major in English literature and gender and women's studies, Nicole spent two terms in Limerick through the American Institute for Foreign Study. "I wanted to be able to walk where some of my favorite authors, like James Joyce, walked, in order to better understand their writing -- and my own." Learn more about her experiences in Ireland, and English literature and study abroad opportunities at Knox.

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Recent Grad Counsels Students Interested in Law School

Take classes in constitutional law, prepare for the LSAT, and be ready to study law 24/7. These are just a few of the tips Britt Anderson, a 2011 Knox College graduate entering her third year of law school, offered to current Knox students. "You have to do well, and that's what's going to get you a job," she said. "I think people are generally optimistic about finding jobs." "Her experiences really resulted in some helpful, practical suggestions for our students -- from the application process on up through trying to land a job when you get out of law school," said political science professor and pre-law advisor Lane Sunderland. Learn more about Anderson’s discussion with students and Knox’s pre-law program.

Knox Alumnus and Fulbright Fellow Discusses Same-Sex Marriage

Alt TextAuthor and scholar Jason Pierceson, a 1994 Knox College graduate, recently returned to campus to discuss the struggle to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States. Pierceson serves as an associate professor of political science at the University of Illinois Springfield and has written several books on same-sex marriage. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in 2011 to research Canada's legal and political systems. Knox Senior John Budding said he found Pierceson's lecture "to be enlightening. The discussion confirmed my opinions, but it also showed that it was more about federalism and the number of states involved, rather than just a religious issue." Learn more about Pierceson’s presentation to students.

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Student Internships Gain Donor Support

From Chicago to Alaska to China, eight Knox College students pursuing internships this summer in non-profit service, environmental conservation, and community development are receiving support for their positions through gifts from Knox College alumni, parents, and friends. Unique to Knox, these supported internship programs compensate students as they gain experience in critical sectors for the nation's future. "Internships that are supported by donors provide new opportunities for Knox students, businesses and non-profit organizations that might not have been able to initiate internships on their own," said Terrie Saline, coordinator of Knox's Bastian Center for Career and Pre-professional Development. Learn more about these internships and how Knox’s Bastian Center for Career and Pre-professional Development is helping prepare students for success.

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Are you a high school junior or sophomore just beginning to look at colleges? Visit campus this summer and experience Knox first-hand. Take a student-guided tour, learn about academics, student life, and financial aid, and meet your admission counselor. Join us on July 26th or August 9th to learn more about Knox. Register online!

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"There is no better college in the country for developing a young mind and character."

That's what Loren Pope, former education editor of The New York Times, says about Knox in his book Colleges That Change Lives. The 40 colleges featured in the book are traveling to 20 cities coast-to-coast between May and September. Attend a program in your area to talk with representatives of Knox and other Colleges That Changes Lives.

May Tour Dates Time Venue City
Saturday, July 27 11:00 a.m. The Westin Seattle Seattle, WA
Sunday, July 28 1:00 p.m. Oregon Convention Center Portland, OR
Monday, July 29 7:00 p.m. Marriott Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
Tuesday, July 30 7:00 p.m. Marin Center San Rafael, CA
Wednesday, July 31 7:00 p.m. Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, August 1 7:00 p.m. Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Los Angeles, CA

For more information and to find a Colleges That Change Lives program in your area, visit the following link.

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"The thing that stood out to me the most about Knox was its diversity and how accepting the campus is to international students."

My name is Anushree Kedia, and I AM KNOX.

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