Recent Graduate Success Stories
Courtney Fraley '14
Courtney majored in public relations and began working immediately after graduation as the Latin American Marketing and Sales Coordinator at MTD Products. Throughout her undergraduate career she was the President of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, served in the community and studied abroad in Spain.
Courtney thanks the Honors Program for helping to fund her trip to Spain and for the numerous excursions to learn about the culture of downtown Cleveland. Courtney encourages students to "take advantage of every chance, experience or opportunity you get; the Honors Program provides plenty of those chances, experiences, and opportunities, so go for it!"
Aaron Hawke '15
Aaron is participating in the Up with People program. Through this program, he will travel to Colorado, Mexico and Europe to engage in community service projects specific to the location's needs. While on the road, he will be applying for medical school programs to start the following year. During his undergraduate career, Aaron completed a chemistry internship with PPG Industries and volunteered at Southwest General Hospital in the emergency room.
Aaron attributes his academic success to the research pillar of the Honors Program, which encouraged him to pursue opportunities such as writing a senior thesis on inorganic compounds and working closely with faculty on additional class projects. Aaron stated, "I don't just want to be in the lab, I want to give back to the community through service in the form of providing health care."
Amanda Van Gilder '15
Amanda is a recent graduate with majors in international studies and Spanish and minors in Latin American studies and political science. She studied abroad in Spain her junior year and developed a database to assist Spanish students with English language translation. Amanda spent last summer in Peru interning for a non-profit organization that focuses on developing human rights for indigenous populations.
This summer, Amanda is the Latin America Economic Reserach Intern for MTD Products. She will begin her master of arts that focuses on economics and strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University in the fall. Amanda states, "Not only has Honors helped me fund my trips abroad, but they have provided a supportive community and classes that take a big picture and minor detail approach to learning."