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Senior Spotlight: Nolan Johnson

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogNolan Johnson is a graduate from the class of 2015 with a major in Habilitation of the Deaf from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Upon graduation, Nolan will be obtaining his Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. His goal is to become a Speech-Language Pathologist for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. When asked why this field interested him, Nolan said:

“Communication is such a big part of everyday life and I’m excited that as a future Speech-Language Pathologist, I will be helping hearing impaired individuals better communicate. I am looking forward to attending Fontbonne and I know that the education I received at TCU has prepared me to succeed at the graduate level.”

Habilitation of the Deaf is one of two majors – the other being Speech-Language Pathology – housed within the Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at TCU. The Davies School is a fantastic example of TCU providing students significant hands-on learning opportunities, as all students in the school are allowed to work with clients in the on-campus clinic. Being such a rare feature at the undergraduate level, this allows students like Nolan to be extremely well-prepared for life after college.


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Senior Spotlight: Gifton Milburn

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogGifton Milburn is a graduate from the class of 2015 with a major in Spanish from DeSoto, Texas. Upon graduation, Gifton will be working with the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in the western highlands of Guatemala. His job will focus on developing the youth in the area outside of their classroom learning. He will be organizing activities that center around leadership, self-esteem, and other valuable skills, in addition to organizing fun activities such as sports teams and various community events. When asked why an experience in the Peace Corps was a good fit, Gifton said:

“Ever since I returned from my study abroad trip in Spain, my perception of the world was forever changed. I realized that the world is bigger than the United States’ borders. The different cultures and societies allow for me to have a different perspective on life. In addition, with my three years of experience with Frog Camp, the Peace Corps will allow for me to continue similar work that I have grown to love.”

Gifton is a fantastic example of a student who rung TCU dry for every opportunity he could. He spent a semester in Europe during his junior year, served as a Frog Camp Director which included him facilitating Frog Camp Costa Rica, and was involved in a variety of other student organizations on campus. While the TCU community will miss Gifton making an impact each day, we are excited to see how he makes a similar impact on the communities in Guatemala!


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Senior Spotlight: Michael Walton

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogMichael Walton is a 2015 graduate with a major in Entrepreneurial Management from Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating, Michael will be living in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and working for Esperanza International as a financial analyst. Esperanza provides micro-financing services to low-income citizens in the Dominican to help them generate income, education, and health to help their financial stability and their overall self-worth. Michael’s main project will be creating a dashboard system that will allow the company’s executives to see how it and all of its different branches are performing at any point in time. He is going to spend the first month living with a host family in one of the villages that the company serves, so he can interact will clients and immerse himself in the culture. After that, he is going to spend the remainder of his time in Santo Domingo. Michael’s specific opportunity is through the Moritz Fellowship, which funds one Neeley School of Business graduate to be employed by Esperanza each year. When asked about his interest in the position, Michael said:

“I first heard about the position in an info session during my sophomore year, and I got hooked on the idea of living and working in a different country. I have never left Fort Worth, so this just sounded like the best adventure imaginable to me, and I love Spanish, so I would love to come back fluent!”

It is tough to find a more representative student of the full TCU experience than Michael Walton. He has been involved in a variety of programs on campus within Student Development Services, the Neeley School of Business, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and much more. He has impacted countless lives on campus and will definitely do the same in the Dominican Republic!


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Senior Spotlight: Michael Daniels

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogMichael Daniels is a 2015 graduate with a major in Entrepreneurial Management from Detroit, Michigan. After leaving TCU, Michael will be serving as a District Manager Trainee at ALDI Grocery Stores. For his first twelve months in the position, Michael will go through different types of leadership and management training. Upon completion of the training, he will become a District Manager responsible for helping establish effective and efficient routines that will allow ALDI stores to have a great atmosphere for its customers. He will also be working to maximize sales in his district. Michael’s interest in the position began because:

“It will give me a chance to work with people. I love people and am excited about being able to work with people, help develop the other employees at our company, learn from others, and provide great customer service for all who shop at ALDI.”

ALDI’s trainee program is one of several similar programs that Neeley School of Business students pursue after graduation. It exemplifies TCU students’ interest in being lifelong learners and continuing to develop their leadership skills long after they walk across the stage.

 


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Senior Spotlight: Bailey Betik

As TCU’s commencement ceremony quickly approaches, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogBailey Betik is a senior English major from Ennis, Texas. After graduation, Bailey will serve as a Fulbright Scholar and English Teaching Assistant in India. She will be stationed through the American Consulate within a school in either Chennai or Kolkata, India. Through the position, she will be teaching English as well as starting a performing arts group at her school that enhances cultural understanding through fusing American and Indian theatre, dance, and music. She also hopes to work with NGOs that focus on educational equity policy. When asked about her interest in the experience, Bailey said:

“I was fortuitously thrown into this opportunity last year when my friend Nikasha Chandhok from New Delhi asked me to be in a skit for SAICA (Student for Asian-Indian Cultural Awareness)’s program on campus, Experience India. Nikasha failed to tell me, however, that this skit was actually a Bollywood musical of a “Big Fat Indian Wedding”—MY wedding. From that experience, I fell in love with the culture, hospitality, and arts of the Indian people. Bridging that with my love of children, language, and education, Fulbright seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore that culture and learn more about my future profession as an educator.”

Bailey is one of many TCU seniors who will spend their first year abroad. We’re excited to see what India has in store!


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Senior Spotlight: Kayla Emmerson

As TCU’s commencement ceremony quickly approaches, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogKayla Emmerson is a senior Strategic Communication major from northern California. Kayla has accepted a position for after graduation at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California as an Assistant Account Strategist for the Global Customer Experience Team. In this position, she will become well versed in all Google products and will aid advertisers and small businesses in problem solving while they use Google products.  Kayla is excited about her position because:

“Everything from Google’s company culture centered on constant innovation was alluring to me when I began applying for jobs. Today, I can’t be happier to begin my position with some of the most creative people on earth!” 

Kayla has had great experiences within the Schieffer College of Communication and the School of Strategic Communication on campus. Specifically, she has been a part of TCU’s team for the National Student Advertising Competition. This is one of the many ways in which TCU’s prepares its students for the real world by providing significant hands-on experiences.


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Senior Spotlight: Nate Anderson

As TCU’s commencement ceremony quickly approaches, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogNate Anderson is a senior International Marketing major with a Spanish minor from Fort Collins, Colorado. On June 1, Nate will be moving to Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic to work with Esperanza International. Esperanza provides micro-financing services to low-income citizens in the Dominican to help them generate income, education, and health to help their financial stability and their overall self-worth. In Nate’s position, he will be promoting and representing Esperanza before donors, associates, and the public. Some of his responsibilities will be managing website content and social networking, creating reports regarding the stories of the associates, providing visitors with information and helping them to translate and understand the operations, among other tasks. When asked why this position interested him, Nate said:

“Initially, it fell perfectly in line with what my focus has been in college — I’m a Marketing major with an International Emphasis and a Spanish minor, and I spent a semester abroad my junior year in Seville, Spain. It was impossible to pass up an opportunity to gain marketing experience in an international setting as well as finally become fluent in Spanish. Beyond the career opportunities, however, I felt called to join Esperanza’s mission. I felt that it would be extremely beneficial for my personal growth as a person to go out and faithfully serve a community that truly needs help in its impoverished communities. I am excited to learn about a different culture and do my best to make a difference in some people’s lives!”

Several TCU students have actually had opportunities with Esperanza in recent years, so Nate is definitely continuing the legacy of Horned Frogs embracing the global community!

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