Equipped with their Knox College diplomas, members of the Class of 2021 are launching careers, entering graduate school, planning international travels, and embarking on other adventures.
Here’s a recap of what some of Knox’s newest alumni are doing:
- Mariah Boltz majored in integrative business and management with a focus in human relations, and she is now working in Denver, Colorado, as a talent sourcer for Sage Hospitality Group, a management company for hotels and restaurants throughout the United States. “Knox provided me with the support and opportunities I needed to increase my knowledge and experience,” she says.
- Ben Farquer, an elementary education major, is a K-4 reading teacher at Mable Woolsey Elementary School in Knoxville, Illinois. “Knox prepared me for this position in ways that I never realized,” he says. “The culture of the community on campus prepared me to deal with difficult situations and communicate with students, teachers, and parents. The Ed Studies program prepared me for the nitty gritty of being a teacher.”
- Bishakha Upadhyaya, who majored in computer science, is working as a software engineer for Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Oluwabamise (Bamise) Afolabi has started a job as a medical scribe for ScribeAmerica in Davenport, Iowa, and he also plans to apply to medical school. He majored in biology.
- Matrice Marie Young, a creative writing major, is attending the University of Iowa’s master’s program for library and information science and is considering a career as a research librarian.
- Sarah Lohmann has been accepted to CIEE’s Teach Abroad Program in South Korea, and she starts teaching there in 2022. Down the road, she plans to attend graduate school to earn an M.F.A. in literary translation. She majored in Asian studies and creative writing.
- Ikenna Ozor, a biology major, is pursuing a master’s degree in biology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
- Elliot Bainbridge, an economics major, is seeking a master’s degree in finance from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.
- Lily Lauver, who majored in creative writing and English literature, was one of 12 fellows in the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets during the summer. Starting in the fall, she’ll work in Knox’s letterpress studio as a post-baccalaureate fellow. She also plans to apply to graduate school to seek an M.F.A. in poetry.